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PINK & PURPLE FOOD

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. That’s some of the new GMO foods awaiting approval at this time.

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GMO LABELING

Both the Washington Post and National Geographic have editorials saying GMO labeling is unnecessary. “Mandated labeling would deter the purchase of genetically modified (GM) food when the evidence calls for no such caution,” says today’s Washington Post. National Geographic in its March edition says “there’s no evidence that GMOs are harmful to human health.”

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DUPONT SUES MONSANTO OVER SOYBEAN TECHNOLOGY

DuPont has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co., claiming the rival failed to pay royalties over gene-gun technology used to develop herbicide resistant soybeans.

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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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BIOTECH REGULATIONS

U.S. regulators for the first time are proposing limits on the planting of some corn rootworm resistant varieties due to resistant bugs showing up in the eastern Corn Belt, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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SOYBEAN BATTLE

Bloomberg News reports Dow is losing out to Monsanto to develop the latest biotech soybean varieties. In a blow to Dow, two of its biggest rivals, DuPont Co. and Syngenta AG, say they don’t plan to sell Enlist seeds.  Enlist is resistant to 2,4-D and glyphosate, while Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean seeds are engineered… read more

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CARGILL TURNAROUND

Cargill began selling seed containing the Agrisure Viptera trait last month and scrapped a policy that required farmers to give the company prior notice of deliveries that may contain Viptera corn. A Cargill spokesman says the firm eased its policies on Viptera corn after suing Syngenta AG over the trait last year, when China had… read more

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DIFFERENT VIEWS

There are large differences between the public and scientists on a wide range of science-related topics, but the largest one is genetically modified foods. More than any other issue, the public and scientists had very different views about the safety of eating genetically modified (GM) foods. A majority of the general public (57%) says that… read more

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TOO MANY RULES

China’s government has too many rules restricting the adoption of genetically modified food, and that’s ultimately hurting its long-term competitiveness in the sector, according to a leading Chinese researcher on the topic.

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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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