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VIPTERA UPDATE

Chinese officials have reported that the Ministry of Ag has officially approved imports of GMO corn and soybean varieties from Dupont, Pioneer and Bayer Cropscience. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement in Chicago.

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VIPTERA CORN OKAYED

Chinese officials informed some U.S. seed industry officials late Monday that they approved Syngenta AG’s genetically modified corn Viptera, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. The corn is at the center of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments rejected by Beijing.

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ADM SUES SYNGENTA

Archer Daniels Midland Co. sued Syngenta AG over losses the grain trader and processor said it suffered after Syngenta sold genetically engineered corn in the U.S. that had yet to win approval in China.

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GMO LABELING FAILS, BUT

Maui voters approved a GMO cropping ban by 50%-48% margin. The winning margin was 1,077 votes out of nearly 46,000 cast. Statewide referendums in Oregon and Colorado to require labels of food made with genetically modified organisms were defeated

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GMO LABELING

Oregon’s Measure 92 to require labeling of GMO foods is behind by six points, according to a new poll released Tuesday, just a week before Election Day.

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CHIPOTLE BACKS LABELING

Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The Denver-based chain said in a statement that consumers want to know whether the food they’re eating has been genetically modified.

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EPA SAYS YES

Dow AgroScience wins limited approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their new GMO Enlist Duo (dicamba) herbicide.  Restrictions imposed include approved for use in only six states, there will also be a 30 day public comment period. Illinois is among the 6 states where the herbicide can be used.

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NO PROBLEMS

According to a study of over 100 billion animals, including nine billion broilers annually, genetically engineered crops were found to be safe to feed to livestock. The study included data from 1983, before GE crops, to 2011 and found improved feed-to-gain ratios and decreased age to market.

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ENLIST GETS USDA OK

The seeds in Dow’s Enlist system—genetically modified corn and soybeans—won approval for commercial use last week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The fate of the product lies with the Environmental Protection Agency, which must approve Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide before the system can be successfully marketed.

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CLIMATE CORP

The Wall Street Journal has an article profiling Climate Corp. CEO David Friedberg. The lifelong vegetarian has also emerged as an unlikely champion of Monsanto at a time when the company—and the business of genetically engineering crops that it pioneered—face intensifying attacks.  Friedberg says attacks on GMOs and agriculture are unwarranted.

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