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Will Monsanto become the NSA of agriculture?

Will Monsanto Become The NSA Of Agriculture? (via Techdirt) Monsanto is best-known for its controversial use of genetically-modified organisms, and less well-known for being involved in the story of the defoliant Agent Orange (the company’s long and involved story is well told in the book and film “The World…  …

Supreme Court sides with Monsanto in dispute over genetically engineered seeds

The US Supreme Court Wednesday refused to hear an appeal seeking to prevent Monsanto from suing farmers who inadvertently grew crops contaminated by its genetically engineered seed. It was the second time the top US court has sided with the American agro-giant in its running fight with farmers over seed…

French court overturns ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s highest administrative court rejected on Thursday a government ban on growing Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified maize (corn). In its ruling, the Conseil d’Etat said under European Union law such a measure could only be imposed in an emergency or if there was a serious health or…

Organic growers lose decision in suit versus Monsanto over seeds

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers’ efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops. The U.S. Court…

Monsanto tests new GMO wheat strain after countries ban imports

US agriculture giant Monsanto, in the spotlight over the discovery of unauthorized genetically modified wheat growing in Oregon, said Wednesday it has a new GM wheat strain under development. The company is developing a new form of Roundup Ready wheat, resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) and also focused on…

Monsanto baffled by reappearance of GMO ‘zombie wheat’ in Oregon

The company that engineered an herbicide-resistant strain of wheat which was never cleared for commercial use is baffled as to how the genetically modified organism (GMO) came to be growing in an Oregon wheat field. According to New Scientist, Monsanto, which says it abandoned research on the wheat in 2004,…

Supreme Court tilts toward Monsanto in battle with farmer

The US Supreme Court appeared on Tuesday to side with Monsanto against an Indiana farmer accused of having pirated the genetically-modified crops developed by the agribusiness giant. At stake is whether farmers can reproduce genetically-modified seeds on their own without paying for the technology again each growing season, which Monsanto…

75-year-old soybean farmer sees Monsanto lawsuit reach U.S. Supreme Court

Who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground? A 75-year-old farmer takes the agricultural giant to court to find out As David versus Goliath battles go it is hard to imagine a more uneven fight than the one about to play out in front of the US…

Poland to ban Monsanto’s genetically modified maize

WARSAW — Poland will impose a complete ban on growing the MON810 genetically modified strain of maize made by US company Monsanto on its territory, Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki said Wednesday. “The decree is in the works. It introduces a complete ban on the MON810 strain of maize in Poland,”…

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