Farmers and Farming
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USA: THE POST-GMO ECONOMY

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "As an invulnerable tween, Chris Huegerich, the child of a prosperous farming family, wiped out on his motorcycle in tiny Breda, Iowa. Forty years on, folks still call Huegerich “Crash.” And though he eventually went down a conventional path (married, divorced) and bought out his parents’ farm, Huegerich has recently reverted to his daredevil ways — at least when it comes to choosing what kind of corn to plant."

USA: NON-GM CORN SMASH GMO VARIETIES IN ILLINOIS TRIALS

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "Spectrum Premium Non-GMO hybrids, used in the testing, produced 3 to 10 more bushels per acre when compared to nationally known GMO corn hybrids. Trial details: bit.ly/1baSkPt"

Spectrum Premium Non-GMO hybrids, used in the testing, produced 3 to 10 more bushels per acre when compared to nationally known GMO corn hybrids. Trial details: bit.ly/1baSkPt

These regional data summaries are evidence that farmers now have the opportunity to lower input costs and effectively increase profitability with the use of Non-GMO corn hybrids.

BRAZILIAN JUDGE RULES IN FAVOUR OF FARMERS AGAINST MONSANTO

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "A judge in Brazil has blocked Monsanto's attempt to make farmers sign restrictive agreements before they can gain access to the company's new GM seed, RR2 Intacta soybeans."

A judge in Brazil has blocked Monsanto's attempt to make farmers sign restrictive agreements before they can gain access to the company's new GM seed, RR2 Intacta soybeans.

The legal case was brought against Monsanto by the farmers’ union Sinop Rural Union and applies to all farmers in the state of Mato Grosso.

PHILIPPINES: GM CORN FARMERS LOSE LANDS, INCREASE DEBTS

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "“A vicious cycle of poverty” may sound clichéd, but in the case of Filipino farmers planting genetically modified corn, no statement is more apt and true. Small-holder farmers who were lured by promises of good yields and sure markets pay as much as 20-40% interest per cropping season to financers and traders who also buy the produce at a much cheaper price."

WASHINGTON FARMER WANTS TO PROTECT OTHER FARMS FROM GM SEEDS

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "An Eastern Washington farmer says he has no idea how genetically engineered alfalfa started growing in his fields. Joseph Peila says the alfalfa seeds were planted in the fall of 2010, and genetically modified seeds were not even approved by the federal government until January 2011."

An Eastern Washington farmer says he has no idea how genetically engineered alfalfa started growing in his fields.

Joseph Peila says the alfalfa seeds were planted in the fall of 2010, and genetically modified seeds were not even approved by the federal government until January 2011.

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