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  • BEIJING, Feb 27- China's approval process for GMO grains has become "overly political", "unpredictable and nontransparent", an American industry group said on Thursday, in the strongest criticism of Beijing's biotech policy since China began rejecting thousands of tonnes of genetically modified corn last year.

  • We are just providing information, "said Michael Livingston, a government agricultural economist and one of the authors of the report, prepared by the USDA's Economic Research Service.

  • PARIS, Feb 17- France published a decree on Monday to prevent the planting of genetically modified maize as a stopgap measure, while the government works on changes to domestic and European laws to ensure a longer-term ban. Annual sowing of maize in France gets under way in the second half of March.

  • Feb 13- The growth of biotech crops in the United States appears to have hit a plateau, but farmers are accelerating plantings of genetically modified corn and rice in Asia, notably China, although it still remains a much smaller market, according to an industry report issued Thursday.

  • *Britain backs GM crop; France opposed, Germany abstains. European Commission endorsement of insect-resistant Pioneer 1507, developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical, would end a decade-long debate and break Monsanto's monopoly in Europe's small market for GMO crops.

  • Jan 28- Critics of genetically modified crops protested at Monsanto Co's annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, calling for the world's largest seed company to provide a report on contamination in non-GMO crops and to stop fighting mandatory labels on foods containing GMO ingredients.

  • Jan 28- Critics of genetically modified crops protested at Monsanto Co's annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, calling for the world's largest seed company to provide a report on contamination in non-GMO crops and to stop fighting mandatory labels on foods containing GMO ingredients.

  • Novozymes hits record high, biofuels to drive growth Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    Danish industrial enzyme maker Novozymes said earnings growth would accelerate this year and next, driven by demand for biofuels.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by organic farmers and others seeking to require Monsanto Co to promise never to sue farmers if their fields inadvertently have plants containing the company's patented genetically modified traits.

  • "I'm optimistic," said Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago, who predicts three-percent GDP growth and the creation of up to three million jobs this year. "I haven't felt bullish in a long time," Swonk said at the annual economic outlook luncheon of the Executive Club of Chicago on Jan. 9.

  • Monsanto wins high court challenge on seed patents Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    A protester against Monsanto genetically modified food in New York's Bryant Park.

    The Supreme Court upheld Monsanto's biotech seed patents on Monday, dealing a blow to organic farmers and critics of the company.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto Co's biotech seed patents on Monday, dealing a blow to a group of organic farmers and other activists trying to stop the biotech company from suing farmers if their fields contain a few plants containing the company's genetically modified traits.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Monsanto Co's biotech seed patents, dealing a blow to a group attempting to ward off lawsuits by the company against farmers.

  • GMO fears threatening Monsanto?     Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    More than 90 percent of the soybeans in the U.S. are genetically modified, explains CNBC's Sara Eisen.

  • Jan 8- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as a rise in herbicide sales offset a decline in its corn business. Shares of Monsanto were up 2.3 percent at $115.44 in afternoon trading.

  • Midday movers: Monsanto, Macy's, MetLife & More Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    Some of Wednesday's midday movers:

  • Jan 8- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday as higher herbicide sales offset a decline in its corn business.

  • Jan 8- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday as higher herbicide sales offset a decline in sales from its corn portfolio.

  • Jan 8- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday as higher herbicide sales offset a decline in sales from its corn portfolio.

  • Monsanto beats expectations with higher 1st-qtr profit Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    Jan 8- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday as higher herbicide sales offset a decline in sales from its corn portfolio.

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