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Monsanto lobbies to keep the status quo for gene-altered crops


SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, USA, by Bill Lambrecht
DATE: 11 Sep 2005

Monsanto lobbies to keep the status quo for gene-altered crops

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes a company's lobbying success is best measured by
what doesn't happen: tighter regulations kept off the books, tax
loopholes left open, hot-button issues never debated or investigated.

Take, for example, Monsanto Co., the agricultural and biotech giant based

Global Seed Industry Concentration - 2005


News Release
ETC Group
5 September 2005

The ETC Group today releases a new Communique on seed industry consolidation that shows a recent upsurge in seed industry takeovers and a shake-up in rankings.

Argentina To Fight Monsanto In Court, Suspend Soybean Talks


SOURCE: Dow Jones, USA, by Taos Turner
DATE: 1 Jul 2005

BUENOS AIRES -(Dow Jones)- Argentina, a leading soybean exporter, has decided to suspend talks with biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. (MON) over the design of a payment system that would allow the company to collect royalties on the pervasive use of its popular soybean seeds, Agriculture Secretary Miguel Campos said Friday.

How to distinguish GM crops from space


SOURCE: Food production Daily, France, by Anthony Fletcher
DATE: 5 Jul 2005

05/07/2005 - NASA satellite technology could soon be used to help food producers distinguish between GM (genetically modified) crops and non-GM crops, opening the door to greater acceptance of GM food, writes Anthony letcher.

New Corn is a Breed Apart


SOURCE: Star Tribune, USA, by Joy Powell
DATE: 29 Jun 2005

New corn is a breed apart

Since most Minnesota corn farmers have turned to biotech seeds, others who want to grow non-biotech corn sometimes encounter a costly problem: The biotech pollen can drift from neighboring fields.

The resulting "contamination" has been a bane for farmers who want to grow non-biotech corn for export as well as for niche domestic markets that would pay a premium, from organic food companies to baby-food makers.

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