Sunday, 9 June 2013

Colbert: Monsanto’s ‘zombie wheat’ is ‘return of the walking bread’

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert asked why everyone is getting so upset about the spontaneous appearance in an Oregon field of Monsanto’s herbicide-resistant “Roundup Ready” wheat plants, in spite of the fact that all strains of the genetically modified organism (GMO) crop were supposedly destroyed in 2005.

Colbert began the segment by saying that he has a long history of standing up for the underdogs of America, like ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs.

“Well, now another defenseless multinational is being unfairly attacked because of a little slip-up,” said Colbert.

He was referring to the strain of Roundup Ready wheat found in an Oregon farmer’s field. Thus far, the USDA and the company itself have been at odds to explain where the supposedly eradicated wheat came from.

“And then, just to make sure nobody found the remains,” Colbert explained, “they buried that wheat in the middle of a field.”

The host chided countries like Japan that have declined shipments of Oregon wheat on the grounds that they might be tainted by GMO crops. “May I remind you,” he said to the Japanese people, “you eat raw octopus taint?”

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