Genetically Modified Barley
The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) put out a statement titled “No genetically modified (GM) varieties approved for commercial production in North America.” You can read the whole thing here, but it basically says there are no GM barley varieties at the moment. When I attended that Barley short course in Idaho, I talked to a farmer at the Tetonia Research Farm about GM crops, and he said pretty much the same thing as the AMBA statement. There are no GM varieties now, and it would take at least 10 years of development and research before any GM barley crops could be available commercially. The farmer I talked to said there just wasn’t much interest right now, so there is very little research on barley as a GM crop. He didn’t really seem to feel strongly one way or the other regarding GM crops, but assured us that if GM barley was ever going to be commercially available it wouldn’t be for a long time.
Just some food for thought!