environment, according to Reeve.
By Mnar Muhawesh | March 18, 2016
A scene from the March Against Monsanto in Denver, CO. (Photo: MAM)
The city council in Portland, Oregon has unanimously voted to authorize a lawsuit against Monsanto for contaminating its waterways with cancer-causing chemicals. Six other West Coast cities are also suing the bio-agricultural corporation in federal court.
City Attorney Tracy Reeve claims that Portland has already spent a significant amount of public money cleaning up contamination in the Willamette River as well as Columbia Slough. Over a billion dollars has been spent cleaning up just the river, Mayor Charlie Hales told Oregon Public Broadcasting.
The source of their woes are PCBs. Polychlorinated biphenyls are synthetic compounds described as “either oily liquids or solids that are colorless to light yellow” by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which adds that “Some PCBs can exist as a vapor in air” and have no smell or taste.
Monsanto manufactured over 1 billion pounds of PCBs and the company’s own documents show they continued to sell the man-made chemicals after becoming aware of the dangers to both humans as well as the environment, according to Reeve.
READ MORE HERE: http://www.mintpressnews.com/portland-sue-monsanto-contaminating-waterway-pcbs/214887/
l also harm consumer health.
Mass protests were held in at least nine cities across the Latin American country to protest the bill that would allow for the development of genetically modified seeds. Activists carried banners emblazoned with slogans such as “Monsanto kills” and “Monsanto will patent your life.”
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.
READ MORE HERE: https://www.rt.com/usa/337088-usda-deregulates-monsanto-corn/
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.
READ MORE HERE: https://www.rt.com/news/336694-gm-australia-court-monsanto/…
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