The unfortunate case of neighbor versus neighbor in Australia is now done as organic farmer Steve Marsh has lost his final effort with the Australian High Court with his so-called “GM contamination” case. ?The whole ugly episode could have been avoided as his former friend ?Michael Baxter said, “[w]e could have just had a chat over the fence”.
In addition to China perhaps starting to open the door more with ag biotech, Kenya is now open for biotech crop trials of maize (corn) according to reports this week.
Also, more news could be coming soon as Politco has reported that?Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts is said to be near introducing?federal food labeling bill to preempt a possible hodge podge of separate state laws.
Legal / Co-existence:
“Kojonup farmer Steve Marsh has failed in his bid to take his battle over genetically modified cropping in WA to the High Court.”
“‘We could have had a chat over the fence’, Michael Baxter says”.
“A Department of Agriculture (DA) official on Wednesday highlighted the vital role that genetically modified (GM) seeds play in the country?s self-sufficiency and food security even as the agency intensifies its efforts to finish a new set of implementing rules and regulations and guidelines that would govern the country?s use and importation of biotechnology in local farms as early as next week.”
“NBA said that upon receiving NEMA?s consideration the field trials will be closely monitored and conducted by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service(KEPHIS) in collaboration with other relevant government regulatory agencies.”
“ChemChina’s purchase of Syngenta (SYNN.VX) could remove some of the suspicion around genetically modified crops and ultimately lead to more rapid user acceptance of biotechnology in food production in China, Syngenta’s Chief Operating Officer Davor Pisk told Reuters.”
“The deal for Syngenta could help Beijing?s IP protections.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers for research and Extension projects to help citrus producers fight the disease Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening disease.
“Brazil’s Tiete-Parana waterway, a key transport corridor for soybeans, corn, cellulose, fertilizer and other agricultural products, has reopened after a 20-month closure due to drought and the use of water for electricity, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported this week.”
“Trade and Pacific security will be on the agenda when U.S. President Barack Obama meets next week in California with leaders of the 10 member states of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.”
Food/ Safety / Labeling:
“Lawmakers are now under a time crunch to settle the issue before the nation?s first GMO labeling law takes effect on July 1 in Vermont, home of anti-GMO presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.”
“Sales of organic food and drink are set to double by 2018 but this is not enough to feed the world ? a truly sustainable farming system is needed for future food and ecosystem security,?say researchers.”
“In January, the much respected British Medical Journal published a paper which aimed to test the success of the Mexican sugar excise tax, which had been levied on sugar-sweetened drinks.”