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  • Chinese woman denied own trial in seed-theft case Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A woman accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies and send them to China, where she's married to the CEO of a large biotechnology firm, will be tried with another suspect despite her claims that she left the firm long before most of the alleged crimes, a federal judge ruled. Mo Yun, 42, and her brother are among seven people...

  • Maui GMO ban supporters seek to dismiss lawsuit Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Groups of moms and environmentalists are among the organizations that want to help defend a new Maui County law that bans the cultivation of genetically modified organisms. A federal judge ruled Nov. 14 that Maui County can't implement the law until he considers arguments in the lawsuit against it. Attorneys for Earthjustice and Center for Food...

  • Nov 17- Starbucks Corp said on Monday it has been wrongly accused in online petitions of supporting a Grocery Manufacturers Association lawsuit to block Vermont's GMO labeling law. Petitions posted to websites such as Sumofus.org and Care2.com accused Starbucks of teaming with fellow GMA member Monsanto Co to kill GMO labeling in Vermont, which in May...

  • McDonald's won't buy Simplot's GMO potato Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:14 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho- based J.R. Simplot Co.' s new genetically modified potato. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. The USDA this month gave Boise- based Simplot permission to begin commercial planting of its new spud, called the "Innate" potato.

  • The principles were developed after a pair of meetings organized by the American Farm Bureau Federation with industry groups including the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association as well as tech providers like John Deere, DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto's Climate Corporation. "It's an important step in making farmers more...

  • "The principles released today provide a measure of needed certainty to farmers regarding the protection of their data," said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, which spearheaded the effort to craft industry wide standards on farm data. The principles were developed after a pair of meetings organized by the Farm Bureau since April...

  • Nov 12- Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto did not admit liability, but agreed to pay $250,000 to wheat growers' associations, including $100,000 to the...

  • Nov 11- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side. On Tuesday, a group with backing from institutions in Russia, the United States and Europe said it would undertake the longest,...

  • The Iowa- based agricultural seed and chemical unit of DuPont this autumn harvested its first test crops of GMO corn in China in six years after lengthy efforts to win government approval for the new field trials. The company is pressing ahead while Monsanto Co is retreating from efforts to grow GMO crops in China amid mounting frustrations within the U.S. seed...

  • Nov 5- The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday. The Oregon measure lost 49 to 51 percent, according to unofficial results reported by the Oregon Secretary of...

  • FACTBOX-GMO crops have fans, critics Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    China has recently slowed its process for allowing imports of certain types of GMO corn and rejected millions of dollars worth of U.S. corn shipments. *GMO crop developers and other backers say many scientific studies show the crops are safe, and the USDA promotes the crops as a means to enhancing global food security. The last import approval for a GMO grain was...

  • INSIGHT-U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    Oct 31- With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers. China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG.

  • FACTBOX-GMO crops have history of controversy Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    Oct 29- Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Colorado will weigh in on proposed laws that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops and sold in those states to be labeled...

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...

  • BOSTON, Oct 21- U.S. corporate bond funds this year are adding Treasuries to their holdings at more than twice the rate of corporate debt amid concern that the struggling European economy and potential changes in Federal Reserve policy will drag down profits at U.S. corporations. Through September, corporate bond portfolios boosted their holdings of U.S....

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...

  • Oct 17- Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show. Voters in Colorado and Oregon weigh in on the issue in mid-term election voting on Nov. 6.

  • The herbicide is approved immediately for use in six states, and the EPA is evaluating expansion to additional states. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization that is evaluating legal action to try to stop the commercialization of Enlist Duo. Loarie said EPA also failed to fully...

  • In announcing the decision, EPA said it had thoroughly evaluated the risks, including those for endangered species, that come with what is expected to be a large increase in the use of the chemical agent 2,4- D, which is an active ingredient of Enlist Duo. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law...

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...