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Opportunity in glyphosate-resistant weeds, Schmeiser taking up his lawsuit against Monsanto, other news and commentary

(Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 -- CropChoice news and commentary digest) --

1. Monsanto sees opportunity in glyphosate resistant volunteers, part 2

(Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003-- CropChoice guest commentary) -- In August of 2001, I wrote a CropChoice article about Monsanto’s patenting of the practice of mixing other herbicides with glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup herbicide) in order to control volunteer Roundup Ready corn in fields of Roundup Ready soybeans, as well as other RR volunteers in other RR crops as Monsanto gets more of them commercialized (link to original piece available following this commentary). This patent, US PTO #6,239,072, also covers any premixes of glyphosate with those other herbicides. Since Monsanto now has begun to reference this patent, among the dozens of others, in its new 2003 tech agreement, I decided to write a sequel...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1299

2. Schmeiser likely to move forward soon with lawsuit against Monsanto

"Schmeiser Enterprises Ltd., states that the Defendants knew, or ought to have known, that the introduction of the genetically-modified canola into the Rural Municipality of Bayne without any or, in the alternative, proper, safeguards would result in genetically-modified canola infiltrating and contaminating Land farmed by Schmeiser Enterprises Ltd."...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1300

3. Roundup-resistant weeds add to Monsanto's quotient of woe...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=877

4. Weeds growing resistant to widely used crop herbicide...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1297

5. Monsanto suing after permission given to save soybean seed, farmer says

In 1996, Curtis Williams, the lead plant breeder for Hartz and Monsanto at the company's facility in Stuttgart, informed Timmerman that he could save seed from the breed of Roundup Ready soybeans he had been growing under license because they had resulted from an illegal cross and the company planned to discontinue them, according to Timmerman's declaration before the court in late November...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1295

6. Time for a grain reserve...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1294

7. NPPD explores wind power cost...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1293

8. ACGA joins coalition calling for restoration of competition and fairness to livestock/poultry markets...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1298

9. Indigenous knowledge and biodiversity under threat...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1302

10. CFIA says it will do thorough review of transgenic wheat application...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1301