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GMO SUMMIT MEETING

The food industry, consumer groups and other stakeholders in the debate over how to label products containing genetically modified ingredients are expected to be summoned to the Agriculture Department early next month to try to resolve the contentious issue. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack wants to avoid “chaos in the market.”

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USA TODAY AND GMOs

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, most Americans believe that food altered by genetically modified organisms — GMOs — is harmful, the newspaper’s editorial board says. Based on the misinformation, companies are beginning to ban food that contains GMOs. The editorial claims firms are pandering to fear.

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CHIPOTLE UPDATE

In a first for a major restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday began serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients.  The NY Times reports eliminating genetically engineered ingredients is easier for Chipotle, where the entire menu uses just 68 ingredients, including salt and pepper, while one of its competitors uses 81… read more

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WHOLE FOODS

Whole Foods Market is the 800-pound gorilla of the organic food retailing, but even it is having trouble finding enough non-GMO grain to make products that stock its shelves, according to Errol Schweizer, executive global grocery coordinator for the company. “It’s like pushing a rope uphill,” he says at USDA event. He blames lack of… read more

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IT’S OFFICIAL

China has officially approved imports of Viptera, a GMO corn seed at the center of a string of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments, Syngenta AG said on Monday, ending uncertainty after a five-year review. Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera corn strain has been under scrutiny since late last year.

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VIPTERA FOLLOWUP

With expectations rising that China will soon approve imports of a GMO corn variety developed by Syngenta AG, the seed maker dropped a lawsuit against Bunge North America over the agribusiness company’s refusal to handle the controversial grain.

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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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CHOBANI DREAMS ON

Chobani announced on its blog last week that it was partnering with Green America in opening an organic yogurt line in 2015 and exploring GMO-free conventional yogurt. But there are a couple of obstacles to get past. Unless Chobani can obtain a little more than 200% of the current U.S. organic fluid milk supply for… read more

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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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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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