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BRAZILIAN SOYBEAN FARMERS OPPOSE CONTRACT WITH MONSANTO TO END ROYALTIES’ DISPUTE

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SUMMARY: "Brazilian farmer groups are opposing a contract that Monsanto the world’s biggest seed company is offering farmers to end a dispute over royalty payments on its genetically modified soybean seeds. Monsanto is trying to resolve uncertainty over its ability to collect fees on its new Intacta soybeans, which it is scheduled to start selling in Brazil during the next growing season. [...] “We reject the individual contracts offered by Monsanto,” Katia Abreu, the head of CNA, said in an e-mailed statement.

US farmers may stop planting GMs after poor global yields

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Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed after increased pest resistance and crop failures meant GM crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GM counterparts.

Farmers in the USA pay about an extra $100 per acre for GM seed, and many are questioning whether they will continue to see benefits from using GMs.

"It's all about cost benefit analysis," said economist Dan Basse, president of American agricultural research company AgResource.

FARMERS SAY ENTIRE ORGANIC INDUSTRY AT RISK IN GM ALFALFA DEBATE

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SUMMARY: "There’s a new genetically modified crop on the horizon that some say is jeopardizing the entire Canadian organic farming industry. Organic farmers across the country are sounding the alarm bells on the state of alfalfa, one small plant with a massive role in organic farming. [...] This November the Canadian Seed Trade Association is meeting with members of Forage Genetics International to discuss the status of herbicide tolerant alfalfa in the U.S. and Canada and develop a coexistence plan for GM alfalfa."

FAMILY FARMERS CHARGE AHEAD IN BATTLE AGAINST MONSANTO: ASK APPEALS COURT TO REINSTATE CASE CHALLENGING PATENTS ON SEED

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SUMMARY: "Seventy-five family farmers, seed businesses, and agricultural organizations representing over 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief today with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court’s decision from February dismissing their protective legal action against agricultural giant Monsanto’s patents on genetically engineered seed.

FARM GROUP SEEKS U.S. HALT ON ”DANGEROUS” CROP CHEMICALS

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SUMMARY: "A coalition of more than 2,000 U.S. farmers and food companies said Wednesday it is taking legal action to force government regulators to analyze potential problems with proposed biotech crops and the weed-killing chemicals to be sprayed over them.

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