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Transgenic wheat moratorium bill gains ground, attention

(March 26, 2001 --Cropchoice news) -- Legislation that would impose a two-year moratorium on the sale of transgenic wheat seed in North Dakota is gaining ground among farmers, state lawmakers and the national media, including The New York Times.

North Dakota House bill 1338 is meant to address concerns among farmers that Asian and European farmers will reject U.S. wheat if Monsanto pushes ahead with its plans to commercialize Roundup Ready wheat -- genetically modified to resist the company's herbicide Roundup.

Following House approval earlier in the year, the Senate Agriculture Committee took up the matter earlier this month.

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