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Brazil court rulings may block biotech crops; Why no one wins in global food fight; other CropChoice headlines

(Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Here are a few of the CropChoice news and commentary items from this week and late last week. To see all the news items, go to http://www.cropchoice.com

  • Brazil court rulings may block gene-altered cropes, Globo says

    (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Bloomberg: Two Brazilian court rulings may block the government from allowing the production of genetically modified crops, O Globo reported, citing Judge Antonio Souza Prudente, author of the decisions.

    President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva may even face impeachment if he allows the use of genetically modified crops in defiance of the court rulings, Prudente said, according to O Globo... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=2070

  • Why no one wins in the global food fight

    (Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Brian Halweil, Washington Post op-ed, 09/21/03: Free trade in food is simple. At least on paper.

    If Mexico produces corn for $3 a bushel, and the United States can do it for $2, then Mexicans get out of the corn-growing business and eat American corn... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=2063

  • Brazilian writing on the wall for U.S. soybean growers?

    (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Andrew Martin and Greg Burns, Chicago Tribune, 09/20/03: WASHINGTON -- Brazil's show of force in the recent failed round of world trade talks in Cancun caught many by surprise. Duane Ohnemus was not among them.

    For the last three or four years, Ohnemus, a farmer in Milo, Iowa, said competition from Brazil and Argentina in soybeans has added yet another obstacle for U.S. farmers... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=2074

  • More of the same will not produce different

    (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- Farmers in Canada feel under siege. Though this feeling has taken a quantum leap forward with the BSE crisis and American wheat tariffs against Canada, it has nevertheless been building for decades. Most Canadian farmers are increasingly reliant on exports and prices for these have been stagnant for two decades. World markets no longer seem to respond to price signals that once drove prices up when world grain stocks plummeted. Input costs rise continually, and generally much faster than inflation... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=2072

  • Suicide highlights Korean farm problems

    (Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Sang-Hun Choe, Associated Press, 09/18/03: SEOUL, South Korea - When Lee Kyung-hae, fresh out of college, returned to his rural hometown to become a farmer in 1975, the seeds of the economic upheaval that eventually led to his suicide were already taking root... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2068

  • Brazilian agrarian reform represents hope, not danger

    (Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- Across Brazil ís vast landscape, poor people, in groups of hundreds, are moving onto land that is claimed by others. The poor are demanding that land be distributed to them as part of an ongoing national agrarian program... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2061