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TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT GMO CONTAMINATION

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SUMMARY: "the excessive use of GMOs in the U.S. it is crucial for organic farmers to be aware of where contamination can occur and how they can take steps to prevent it. “There are ways to minimize the risk of GMO contamination,” says Jim Riddle, Organic Outreach Coordinator at the University of Minnesota. According to the National Organic Program the USDA organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and GMOs were not used in growing the product.

Farmer suicides: Secret govt note says Bt cotton failing

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India's Bt cotton dream is going terribly wrong. For the first time, farmer suicides, including those in 2011-12, have been linked to the declining performance of the much hyped genetically modified (GM) variety adopted by 90% of the country's cotton-growers since being allowed a decade ago.

Policymakers have hailed Bt cotton as a success story but a January 9 internal advisory, a copy of which is with HT, sent out to cotton-growing states by the agriculture ministry presents a grim scenario.

MODIFIED ALFALFA STIRS DEBATE IN TEXAS

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SAN ANTONIO, March 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. government’s approval of genetically modified alfalfa is generating controversy in Texas, with organic farmers saying it will contaminate their crops.

Cameron Molberg at the Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill outside Austin compares genetically modified alfalfa to a plague.

Its spreading use means pollen blown in or carried from the bio-engineered alfalfa could contaminate organic alfalfa fields, forcing feed mills like his and organic dairies to find other feed stock to keep going, he says.

GM: higher production doesn't mean wider acceptance

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Luisa Massarani, Ildeu de Castro Moreira and Ana Maria Vara  19 May 2010

GM production is up, but that doesn't mean Latin Americans like or want it, say Luisa Massarani, Ildeu de Castro Moreira and Ana Maria Vara*.

RULES ON MODIFIED CORN SKIRTED, STUDY SAYS

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SOURCE: The New York Times, USA
AUTHOR: Andrew Pollak
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/06/business/06corn.html?_r=1
DATE: 05.11.2009

As many as 25 percent of the American farmers growing genetically engineered corn are no longer complying with federal rules intended to maintain the resistance of the crops to damage from insects, according to a report Thursday from an advocacy group.

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