Farmers and Farming
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CANADA: SEED TRADE ASSOC. DISOWNS GM ALFALFA CO-EXISTENCE PLAN

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "After nearly a year of deliberation and controversy, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), a lobby group representing large seed companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont Pioneer and Forage Genetics International, finally announced its Coexistence plan for GM alfalfa hay in Eastern Canada” earlier this week.

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US FARMERS APPEAL COMPLAINTS ABOUT MONSANTO TO SUPREME COURT

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SUMMARY: "A group of U.S. farmers, seed companies and others challenging patents on genetically altered crops held by biotech seed giant Monsanto Co. on Thursday appealed their case to the U.S. Supreme Court."

A group of U.S. farmers, seed companies and others challenging patents on genetically altered crops held by biotech seed giant Monsanto Co. on Thursday appealed their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

US FARM GROUPS WANT BETTER OVERSIGHT OF GMO FIELD TRIALS

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "More than 150 U.S. farm and food businesses and organizations on Wednesday called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen its oversight of field trials of experimental, genetically modified crops."

More than 150 U.S. farm and food businesses and organizations on Wednesday called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen its oversight of field trials of experimental, genetically modified crops.

US: REGION’S FARMERS NOT CONFIDENT IN GMO SAFEGUARDS

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "Farmers in Montana and North Dakota say neither the government nor agri-giant Monsanto have done enough to safeguard wheat fields from genetically modified crop contamination. [...] “We want to have these spots identified where the growing has been done,” said Daryl Lassila, Montana Organic Association chairman. Montana farmers have never known whether they were on the other side of a wire fence from Roundup Ready test plots, which were ended a decade ago. In 2003, Monsanto offered journalists a tour of its Montana fields on the condition that the exact location remain a secret.

TUNIS 2013: IF WE RELY ON CORPORATE SEED, WE LOSE FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "It has become crucial to defend seeds. In the past 20 or 30 years, what was once seen as normal – peasant farmers growing, selecting, saving and exchanging seeds – has come under attack from corporations seeking to control and commodify the very basis of agriculture. This was the subject of the session at the World Social Forum in Tunis on Peasant Seeds jointly organized on March 28, 2013 by La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and the ETC Group.

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