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Harvesting Alfalfa

Supreme Court Decision on Biotech Alfalfa – Who Wins?

The big news kicking off the week is the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-1 ruling to reverse a lower court’s ban on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa product. Media reports trumpeted Monsanto’s win:

Then, surprisingly, the Center for Food Safety issued a statement mid-day claiming victory. According to CFS, they are “celebrating” today the victory of a 7-1 … Full Article »

So Whats the Deal with Roundup Ready Sugarbeets?

Sugarbeet farmers are anxiously following every step of the litigation surrounding the deregulation of Monsanto’s GenuityTM Roundup Ready Sugarbeets technology to determine what it means for next year’s seed purchases.

Briefly for those that haven’t been following: in January 2008, the Center for Food Safety along with Organic Seed Alliance, Sierra Club and High Mowing Organic Seeds initiated legal action challenging the USDA’s deregulation of Roundup Ready sugarbeets. In September 2009, a judge ruled that the USDA would have to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Roundup Ready sugarbeets. The ruling focused on the process USDA used and … Full Article »

Of Mice and Mon

On Nov. 11, 2008, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health, Family and Youth released a report on three studies assessing the impact of biotech corn containing Monsanto traits for herbicide tolerance (MON 810) and insect resistance (NK603). One study potentially showed a potential impact of a potential impact on reproduction. However, the study had not been peer reviewed–the most basic process in ensuring that scientific research is sound. One report author, Dr. Jurgen Zentec, said the studies showed inconsistent results and should be considered preliminary.

Despite the lack of peer review and the author’s warning, several anti-biotech organizations–most notably Full Article »