said. Farmers will now be able to plant the corn strains without permits.
The action, announced by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Wednesday, applies to Monsanto’s MON87419 corn strain, which resists dicamba- and glufosinate-based herbicides.
These resistances allow farmers to grow plants that aren’t destroyed by herbicides produced by the same companies that designed the genetically-modified crops themselves.
Monsanto’s August 2015 petition for nonregulated status was granted by regulators despite two dozen unfavorable statements during the USDA’s public comment period. One such concern was from the consumer rights nonprofit Food & Water Watch, which said that allowing such herbicide-resistant crops to proliferate could “lead to an increase in dicamba use, which will spur the evolution of dicamba‐resistant weeds and the abandonment of conservation tillage practices.”
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, a nonprofit advocating for pro-family farm policies, also took issue with the petition. The group called for an environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess any potential damage that the nonregulated corn could cause to the environment.
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Australian organic farmer forced to pay over US$600k after losing GM crop court battle
Published time: 22 Mar, 2016
An Australian farmer who tried to sue his neighbor after claiming his organic business was ruined after genetically-modified (GM) canola blew on to his fields will now have to pay over US$600,000 in costs after a stay of order was lifted.
Steve Marsh took his neighbor and childhood friend Michael Baxter to court in February 2014 for negligence over the alleged contamination of the land that Marsh used for growing organic oat and wheat crops in Kojonup, 250km southeast of Perth, Western Australia.
Marsh said he had lost organic certification for 70 percent for crops produced at his farm because his land had become contaminated by Baxter’s herbicide-resistant canola crop. Marsh had been initially seeking US$60,000 in compensation, but now he will have to pay US$610,000 in costs to his neighbor after the Western Australian Court of Appeal ruled against him.
The original case was dismissed in 2014 by the Supreme Court, who said that Baxter had not acted in a negligent manner and could not be held responsible for growing a GM crop in a conventional way.
In September 2015, the Court of Appeal dismissed Marsh’s appeal following a two-to-one verdict and also awarded costs to Baxter, while an application to take the case to the High Court was rejected in February.
The world’s leading genetically-engineered seed producer Monsanto had been helping Baxter to cover his court costs. Monsanto collects royalties from the sale of GM canola seed, which was used by Baxter on his farm.
"It was only fair that the Baxter’s received much needed support given the extensive fundraising efforts of Steve Marsh's supporters,” said Monsanto Australia's Managing Director Daniel Kruithoff in April, as cited by ABC News.
"Monsanto Australia contributed to the Baxter’s legal costs to ensure they could defend themselves in court,” he added.
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nation’s diet. It also dominates the market for genetically modified crops, supplying farmers across the world with its corn, soy, sugar beets and alfalfa seeds. According to freelance reporter Chris Parker, who recently wrote a 4,000 word expose of Monsanto in the Village Voice newsweekly, Monsanto’s seeds “cover 40% of America’s crop acres and 27% worldwide.”
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ed a civil lawsuit in a US federal court against Monsanto on Monday, alleging “gross negligence” and seeking compensation for damages, according to the suit.
“The case may be the first of many Monsanto faces over alleged wheat contamination,” said the legal firm representing the farmer, Susman Godfrey, in a statement.
Barnes is seeking compensation for damages “in excess of $100,000,” the court document said.
Ready alfalfa, a senior soil scientist alerted the department about a newly discovered, microscopic pathogen found in high concentrations of Roundup Ready corn and soy that researchers believe could be causing infertility in livestock and diseases in crops that could threaten the entire domestic food supply.
Dr. Don Huber, a plant pathologist and retired Purdue University professor, wrote in a letter to the USDA that the pathogen is new to science and appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals and probably humans.
"For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks," Huber wrote in his January 16 letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman's
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Huber called for an immediate moratorium on approvals of Roundup Ready crops, but on January 27, the USDA fully deregulated Roundup Ready alfalfa after nearly five years of legal battles with farmers and environmental groups. The USDA partially deregulated Roundup Ready sugar beats on February 4.
The pathogen is about the size of a virus and reproduces like a micro-fungal organism. According to Huber, the organism may be the first micro-fungus of its kind ever discovered, and there is evidence that the infectious pathogen causes diseases in both plants and animals, which is very rare.
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The pathogen is prevalent in soy crops suffering from a disease called sudden death syndrome and corn crops suffering from Goss' wilt disease.
Laboratory tests show that the pathogen is present in a "wide variety" of livestock suffering from infertility and spontaneous abortions. Huber warned that the pathogen could be responsible for reports of increased infertility rates in dairy cows and rates of spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45 percent.
Huber is concerned that the pathogen could be spreading because of overreliance on Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops systems, which have come to dominate American agribusiness during the past decade.
Monsanto's Roundup Ready corn, soy, cotton and alfalfa are genetically engineered to be resistant to glyphosate-base herbicides like Monsanto's Roundup. Farmers can blanket fields of Roundup Ready crops with glyphosate knowing that unwanted weeds will be killed and the genetically engineered crops will not.
"We are informing the USDA of our findings at this early stage, specifically due to your pending decision regarding approval of alfalfa," Huber wrote. "Naturally, if either the Roundup Ready gene or Roundup itself is a promoter or co-factor of this pathogen, then such approval could be a calamity."
Critics like Huber have long criticized glyphosate products like Roundup for weakening crops' natural defense systems and promoting the spread of glyphosate-resistant "superweeds" that have developed their own tolerance to glyphosate and infested millions of acres of farmland in the US alone.
"We are now seeing an unprecedented trend of increasing plant and animal diseases and disorders," Huber wrote. "This pathogen may be instrumental to understanding and solving this problem. It deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure."
Huber is a longstanding critic of biotech crops and coordinates a committee of the American Phytopathological Society as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System.
throughout the biotechnology industry.
The court ruled unanimously that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto's patent on genetically modified soybeans when he culled some from a grain elevator and used them to replant his own crop in future years.
"If simple copying were a protected use, a patent would plummet in value after the first sale of the first item containing the invention," Justice Elena Kagan ruled in a short 10-page opinion. "The undiluted patent monopoly, it might be said, would extend not for 20 years as the Patent Act promises, but for only one transaction. And that would result in less incentive for innovation than Congress wanted."