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Life (Pat. pend), other CropChoice news, commentary

(Tuesday, March 2, 2004 -- CropChoice) -- Here are excerpts from and links to a few of the CropChoice news and commentary pieces from this week so far and last.

  • Empty promises, declining soybean production in Argentina... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2420

  • The war about drugs: Coming to a corn patch near you

    (Tuesday, March 2, 2004 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- The results of a recent study carried out in the U.S. will come as no surprise to Canadian canola growers. The study looked at three main food crops - corn, soybeans and canola - and concluded that more than two-thirds of the seed samples from the 36 conventional varieties that were tested contained genetically engineered strands of DNA. This is consistent with research done at the University of Manitoba that found stray DNA from genetically modified (GM) canola varieties in many of the foundation seedstocks of conventional canola.

    It is worth noting too, that the American experiments could not test for many of the genetically engineered DNA sequences found in GM crops because the sequences are trade secrets... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2421

  • Life (Pat. Pend.)

    (Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- As cloning and genetic engineering grab headlines in the American media, itís easy to miss the anger that Americaís biotech companies are stirring up around the globe with more low-tech tactics.

    In the most recent such dispute, Greenpeace, along with Indian research and agricultural groups, seeks to overturn a patent involving an Indian wheat variety called Nap Hal. St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. vows to defend its patent. The company appears to be reflexively pushing the boundaries of what can be called an invention, while the scientists, farmers and activists accuse it of stealing an indigenous variety... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2418

  • Nations agree to new rules for labeling genetically engineered foods... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2417