Wednesday, November 13, 2002

North Dakota State has commingled its "regular" soybean seed with GM soy (they're blaming the Chileans); Nebraska soy has been contaminated with human protein pharm corn in field trials -- Scott Kilman has more details (blame the farmer!) in the WSJ:
According to authorities, the problem in this case started last year when ProdiGene contracted with a Nebraska farmer to grow an experimental corn crop on a small plot of land. When the test was completed, the same farmer this year planted conventional soybeans on the land. However, some seed left over from last year's experiment grew into plants in that soybean field, officials said.

Cindy Smith, deputy administrator of the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said one of her inspectors in early October noted the volunteer corn plants during a routine inspection and warned the farmer to destroy them. According to Ms. Smith, the government is investigating why that didn't happen.

The American Corn Growers Association says:
The history of the agribusiness sector is to exploit farmers, capturing the lion�s share of commodity value by holding down raw commodity prices paid at the farm level and then raising processed product prices to consumers. Why would bio-pharming and bio-products be any different?


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