Several years ago, farmers debated the possible benefits that Round up Ready wheat would or would not bring to the market place. Based on the result of the industry debate at the time the idea was shelved. One of the negative fall outs from this has been that transgenic wheat in general has been held back from entering the market place. Round up Ready wheat is just one area of transgenic wheat. All transgenic wheat is not Round Up Ready tolerant. Varieties with specialized characteristics for disease resistance or end use could be farmed like conventional varieties currently are.
Benefits such as fusarium tolerance or innovative end use traits would provide farmers with not only revolutionary agronomics but also increased revenue. The genetic advancements of corn and soybeans are leaving cereal crops behind and it is becoming evermore difficult to compete on a revenue per acre basis. It is time that we at least revisit the topic of transgenic wheat because it is a much bigger topic than just round up ready wheat. As a Canadian industry we must ensure that the US farmer does not receive these advanced traits before we are able to use them provided our global customers want the grain. Consider the money that Western Canadian farmers would save if Syngenta was able to bring its fusarium tolerant trait to the market. Millions of revenue per year is lost by Canadian farmers because of Fusarium.
Click on the link below to read more about how farmers are ready to discuss the topic further. It is time that we start looking to the future and not close the door forever on genetic advancements.