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Mercury Rising, Emptying a Place for Bigness

(Friday, Dec. 20, 2002 -- CropChoice news and commentary digest) -- Before getting to this week's collection of stories and commentary, I must reflect on the thoughts of a CropChoice reader.

He noted the news reports of hunger in Argentina. This is especially hard to stomach, given that the country is a net exporter of food. Just about 90 percent of the soybeans the farmers there grow are genetically engineered to resist the Roundup herbicide. The purveyors and cheerleaders of agricultural biotechnology frequently brag that it will help to feed the world. It's not quite looking that way in Argentina.

I wish you all a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. -- Robert Schubert, CropChoice editor.

1.Who Got Milked?

Consumers are paying more for dairy products and dairy farmers’ net income is down 50 percent, yet certain dairy processors are earning record profits. This would lead one to wonder, “Just who is getting milked?”... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1202

2. North Dakota Farmers Union convention delegates call for Veneman to resign, support moratorium on biotech wheat commercialization... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1222

3. Putting the heat on livestock antibiotics in Wisconsin?.. http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1226

4. Nafta to Open Foodgates, Engulfing Rural Mexico... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1223

5. Network of Concerned Farmers... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1208

6. Glyphosate resistance dominates weed science meetings... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1219

7. Eat, drink and be Mary! (Ask, what is this thing called food?)... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1225

8. United States files WTO case on monopolistic Canadian Wheat Board... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1206

10. Brazil's Lula urged to resist pressure on GM crops... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1204

11. In Brazil, incoming ag. minister sees GM corn imports... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1211

12. Patent your heritage... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1205

13. Corn Growers to hold 2003 convention in Charleston, S.C... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1209

14. Mercury Rising: a Food Chain release from METROFARM.COM... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1224

15. Grassley urges Bush administration to take Europeans to WTO over biotech foods moratorium... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1213

16. Monsanto President Verfaillie resigns... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1220

17. EPA issues new rules on livestock waste... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1212

18. Processors: edible crops need protection...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1218

19. Emptying a place for bigness... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1206