UK supermarkets to stay GM free (1/28/2004) 27/01/2004 - Consumer indifference -- not to say hostility -- towards genetically-modified products in the UK means that British supermarkets are likely to stay firmly GM-free in 2004, according to an annual survey of retailers carried out by www.gmfoodnews.com.
Checking content: Demand for specific traits has driven growth in grain analysis labs (1/8/2004) Farm Industry News via NewsEdge Corporation : A laboratory in Ankeny, IA, faced a flood of business this fall. As corn and soybean harvest progressed, seed breeders rushed samples to the Monsanto lab for testing. There, lab technicians put the samples through high-tech tests such as near-infrared (NIR) analysis to identify minute differences in protein and oil levels. Other tests determined the amount of nutrients such as sugars and amino acids in the grain. The Iowa lab and Monsanto's other lab in St. Louis expect to analyze millions of grain samples a year. Many of the lab tests are turned around in a day or two.