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Julieanne
07-26-11, 05:11 AM
By Ken Roseboro (http://www.non-gmoreport.com/About_the_editor.php)
July 21, 2011

Frank Kutka and a group of corn breeders are developing organic and non-GMO corn varieties with a naturally occurring trait that can block incoming pollen and prevent GMO contamination
Frank Kutka is on a mission: to help save organic corn from GMO contamination. As acres of genetically modified corn increase—88% of this year’s US corn plantings are GM—it is becoming more difficult for organic and non-GMO farmers to prevent cross pollination—and contamination—from GM corn. Kutka, a plant breeder and coordinator of the Sustainable Ag Research and Education (SARE) program at North Dakota State University, recently received an $11,500 grant from the Organic Farming Research Foundation to develop what he calls “organic ready” corn.

http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/july2011/organicreadycorntopreventGMOcontamination.php (http://www.care2.com/news/member/914755234/2879578)

Islander
07-26-11, 09:13 AM
Julieanne, this is the best news I've heard ALL MONTH! Thanks for finding it!

mellowsong
07-26-11, 03:05 PM
This is wonderful news for organics!!!

Julieanne
07-27-11, 04:52 AM
It would be wonderul if the technology can be applied to other crops! But this is a good start.