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Percy, Monsanto and the Supremes; Other CropChoice headlines

(Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Here are some of the CropChoice news and commentary items for the week.

  • Percy, Monsanto and the Supremes

    (Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- From a news release:

    Percy Schmeiser woke up one morning to find a few of the neighbor’s canola plants growing in his field. Then the man that sold the seeds to the neighbor came by and said, “Percy, since you do not have permission to grow those plants, all of the plants in your fields now belong to Monsanto!”

    This Saturday at 9AM Pacific, the Food Chain... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2153

  • Biotechnology, globalization and food security: How plant patents and trade policy threaten the global food supply

    (Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- From a news release:

    This is a FREE lecture featuring Devinder Sharma, noted Indian journalist and outspoken critic of industrial agriculture, genetically engineered crops, globalization and free trade... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2155

  • A farmer kills another and Iowa town asks, 'How did it come to this?'

    (Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Monica Davey, NY Times: MILO, Iowa — On the cold evening that Tom Lyon's body was found dumped in an old well, hidden under two bales of hay, people here suspected an outsider had done it, maybe one of the drug dealers they had heard so much about lately, running methamphetamine around the rural Midwest... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2150

  • Farmers, labor team up to make trade a campaign issue

    (Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Elizabeth Becker, NY Times, 10/21/03: CHURDAN, Iowa — When unions go on strike here, local farmers usually show up at picket lines with hogs and fresh produce to make sure the workers' families have food on their tables... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2148

  • Court rules pork checkoff unconstitutional

    (Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- From a news release:

    CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a federal judge’s ruling that the mandatory pork checkoff program is unconstitutional and should end. Hog farmers climbed off their combines to call on USDA and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to stop delaying the inevitable and end the pork checkoff now. This ruling supports the contention of the Campaign for Family Farms (CFF), which since 1998 has argued through petition drives, a vote and a lawsuit that the pork checkoff forces independent farmers to support a system that hurts them... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2147

  • USDA announces agreement to encourage alternative energy... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2154

  • The Co-op banishes gene-modified food, feed ingredients... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2145

  • Brazil's agriculture minister says market will decide on transgenic crops... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2152

  • Parana state seizes biotech beans... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2156