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USA: WHY SOME FARMERS ARE DECIDING TO GO GMO-FREE

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SUMMARY: "Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction."

Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction.

The Pana, Ill.-area farmer had been using corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to work with glyphosate — the generic name for Monsanto’s signature Roundup herbicide. But he reached a point at which he said it no longer made sense from a dollars standpoint.

So he turned his back on GMO crops.

US FARMERS TURN TO GMO-FREE CROPS TO BOOST INCOME

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SUMMARY: "This is an interesting article about a small but significant farmer shift from GMO to non-GMO crops in the GMO heartland of Iowa."

When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds.

Local farmers part of lawsuits against Syngenta

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Two farming operations in Stoddard County are plaintiffs in class action lawsuits filed recently by three law firms on behalf of U.S. corn farmers in Missouri and 19 other states who maintain they have suffered economic losses from genetically modified corn marketed by Switzerland-based Syngenta. The lawsuits were filed in federal court in St. Louis and Kansas City, Kan.

Trade deals criminalise farmers' seeds

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What could be more routine than saving seeds from one season to the next? After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our gardens. Yet from Guatemala to Ghana, from Mozambique to Malaysia, this basic practice is being turned into a criminal offence, so that half a dozen large multinational corporations can turn seeds into private property and make money from them.

But people are fighting back and in several countries popular mobilisations are already forcing governments to put seed privatisation plans on hold.
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GMO AGRICULTURE AND DOW AGROSCIENCES GM SOYBEANS: WAGING WAR ON PEASANTS

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SUMMARY: "Global attempts by Dow AgroSciences to gain approval for new genetically-modified soybean varieties resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D have become particularly aggressive in recent months. Simultaneous applications have been filed in several of the countries where genetically engineered crops (GE or transgenic crops or GMOs) were introduced in the 1990s."

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