GMO alfalfa plants and seeds found in Eastern Washington

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EASTERN WASHINGTON — The state Department of Agriculture says alfalfa seed and plant samples taken from an Eastern Washington farm did have traces low level genetic modification.

Samples showed a low-level presence of being Round-Up Ready, which was created by Monsanto, meaning they are able to tolerate the well-known herbicide.

The testing was ordered after a hay farmer who intended to grow alfalfa that was not a GMO, had his crop rejected after evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance came up.