Wheat industry pushes for GM traits

U.S. farmers need new and better varieties of wheat with genetically engineered traits, industry representatives say.

At stake, they say, is the well-being of the U.S. wheat industry, which has seen its acreage shrink during the past two decades.

Since genetically engineered corn and soybeans were commercially introduced in 1996, many farmers have abandoned growing wheat. The new types of corn and soybeans are easier to grow, require less pesticides and produce more profit than wheat, which is not genetically engineered, said Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Blaine Jacobson.

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