US: Syngenta facing dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion. TH Online, November 18 2014 More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in 11 major corn-growing states, including […]

NZ: GM could put niche maize at risk

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into New Zealand could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers. New Zealand Farmer, October 6 2014. By Rob Tipa A specialist Bay of Plenty maize grower Colin Mackinnon, of Whakatane, said there was a world of difference between growing maize in […]

US: Syngenta genetically modified corn ruined US corn exports to China, farmers say

American farmers in three states are suing seed giant Syngenta AG in billion-dollar lawsuits, alleging that the company harmed U.S. corn markets when it released a new genetically altered strain of corn that wasn’t approved by Chinese authorities.  By Kathleen Caulderwood. International Business Times, October 6 2014 Three lawsuits filed on Friday from Sioux City, Iowa, Omaha, […]

Japan, South Korea can stop GMO testing – wheat group official

(Reuters): Japan and South Korea are continuing to test the U.S. wheat they buy to make sure the grain is not contaminated with an experimental version developed by Monsanto Co, but could soon stop the practice, the head of a U.S. wheat association said on Thursday. The two countries, which are among the top purchasers of U.S. […]

Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade responsibility

(Reuters) – Cargill Inc’s [CARG.UL] lawsuit against Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX) over rejections of genetically modified U.S. corn by China may be just the start of legal challenges against global seed makers over trade with one of the world’s biggest markets. Reuters, September 14 2014. By Tom Polensk. Trading giant Cargill said in court documents on […]

GMO test slows hay exports to China

U.S. hay exporters are watching an important growth market, China, dry up following tests that showed trace amounts of GMO alfalfa in shipments. Officials from the USDA, China and GMO developer Monsanto are meeting to discuss the issue. Capital Press, September 25 2014 by Dan Wheat ELLENSBURG, Wash. — U.S. hay exports to China have […]

German retailers demand GM-free poultry feed

Germany’s major supermarkets have demanded that their suppliers return to using non-genetically modified feed for poultry production. UK Farmers Weekly, 5 September 2014 On Thursday, a number of German supermarkets grouped together to demand that the German Poultry Association (ZDG) stop using feed containing GM material for both egg and poultry meat production. Retailers want their […]

Hawke’s Bay Today: Let’s help keep Bay food pure

The call by Hawke’s Bay food producers for government to allow their products to be officially branded GM free is commendable. Andrew Austin, Hawke’s Bay Today, August 20 2014 The group, calling itself Pure Hawke’s Bay food producers, has asked the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams, not to change the Resource Management and “prevent our councils […]

Adams dismisses official GM-free zone

Hawke’s Bay Today, August 20 2014 Environment Minister Amy Adams has told Hawke’s Bay growers they already have the ability to market their produce as free of genetically modified organisms and she doesn’t support a law change to make the region an official GM-free zone. Local growers lobby group Pure Hawke’s Bay challenged Ms Adams on […]

Open Letter to the Environment Minister: We Need You to Work With Us

 This letter appeared in Hawke’s Bay Today, August 19 2014 gust 19 2014.