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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
By: Vishwa MohanNEW DELHI: Amid strong opposition by citizens' groups and farmers against a possible move to allow commercial use of genetically modified (GM) mustard, the government on Friday said any decision in this regard would be taken only after "due deliberations" and made it amply clear that the Centre was not against transgenic variety of food crops per se, provided it... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
(The following statement was released by the rating agency) HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, February 04 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has placed China National Bluestar (Group) Co, Ltd's (Bluestar) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured rating of 'BBB+' on Rating Watch Positive (RWP). Fitch has also placed on RWP the 'BBB+' ratings for the USD500m 3.5% senior notes due 2018... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
By: Madhvi SallyNEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has rejected Mahyco Monsanto Biotech India's plea to put on hold the Centre's cotton price control order that mandates a panel to fix the maximum price for Bt cotton seeds. On Friday, the court issued a notice on the application moved by Monsanto and allowed the government time to file its counter affidavit to the application before... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
By: Ludwig BurgerMonsanto (MON.N) could seek to expand in agricultural chemicals by deepening its partnership with Germany's BASF (BASFn.DE) after losing out to ChemChina in its bid to buy seeds and pesticides firm Syngenta (SYNN.VX).A growing world population, limited farm land, higher meat consumption and biofuel use are driving demand for anything that improves agricultural productivity... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
By John Burnett | Hawaii Tribune-HeraldHILO — A husband and wife who operated a South Kona coffee farm are suing Monsanto Co., alleging the agricultural biotechnology corporation purposely downplayed carcinogenic properties of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and are responsible for the woman’s cancer.The Miller Firm of Orange, Virginia, and Honolulu attorney... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch- a social organisation affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh-has condemned plans leading to possible commercialisation of genetically-modified mustard. “Swadeshi Jagaran Manch reiterates its long pending demands:- a) No permission (be) granted for the commercial production of GM Mustard b) Data emanating from field trials conducted so far be made... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
By: Diane BartzState-owned China National Chemical Corp [CNNCC.UL], which plans to buy Swiss seeds and pesticide maker Syngenta, will promptly start preparations for what could be a lengthy U.S. national security review, as the House Agriculture Committee chairman said he would monitor the deal.Representative Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican who chairs the Agriculture Committee, is aware of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
By: Krishna N. Das and Mayank BhardwajOfficials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technology with a $43 billion bid for seed firm Syngenta.Permitting GM food crops is a big call for a country that spends tens of billions of dollars importing... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2016
By: Dominique PattonChinese officials have issued warnings to seed dealers and farmers not to use unapproved genetically modified seeds in the country's main crop belt, shortly after Greenpeace said it had found widespread GM contamination in corn.The unprecedented action by rural authorities in the past two weeks also comes as state-owned ChemChina agreed a $43 billion deal for seed and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 04th, 2016
Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it received import approval from China for its new genetically modified Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and that it will begin selling the seeds in the United States and Canada.China, the world's biggest soybean importer, does not allow imports of new genetically modified crops until they are approved by government regulators.The U.S. seed and agrochemical company... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 03rd, 2016
By: Jason BestBut don’t expect a new analysis of glyphosate use to derail Monsanto’s plans for its next-generation herbicides.One of the promises made at the beginning of Monsanto’s biotech revolution some 20 years ago was that planting crops genetically engineered to withstand weed killer applications would dramatically reduce the amount of chemicals farmers used. So why are we... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 03rd, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowGlyphosate, the main ingredient in the Monsanto’s flagship product Roundup, is now the “most widely applied pesticide worldwide,” according to a report published today in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe.The paper, Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally, reveals that since 1974, when... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 02nd, 2016
By: Willy BlackmoreAquaBounty’s product likely won’t be available to consumers until a federal labeling standard is established.When the Food and Drug Administration approved the commercial sale of genetically engineered AquaAdvantage salmon in November, the agency made an important stipulation: The fish could only be produced in Canada and Panama. Additionally, no label declaring... more

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