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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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CHINESE CORN

China will begin to buy corn from farmers this week under an annual intervention program. Industry sources have pointed to China’s bulging state corn stocks as the reason for closer monitoring that has led to shipments of cheap U.S. corn being turned away on the grounds it contains a genetically modified strain not permitted for… read more

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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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CHINESE RESERVES

Grain analysts are expecting China’s government to stockpile some 40 million tonnes (MMT) of corn to state reserves in the 2014/15 marketing year. That compares to last year’s 60 MMT stockpile program. Analysts further suggest the move to stockpile will likely continue to slow the GMO corn import approval process.

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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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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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EWG RETURNS

Genetically engineered crops get undue credit for reducing soil losses on cropland, says the Environmental Working Group. In a three-page analysis, EWG says the credit really should go to so-called conservation compliance and the Conservation Reserve, both created by the 1985 farm law.  

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GMO BLITZ

To combat negative reports about genetically modified crops, the Chinese government has started a media blitz to educate the public about the benefits of genetically modified grains and oilseeds.

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