Arkansas Business by Jan Cottinham Source: John Lillis At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media. But one of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of two Newport farms, contains a previously unreported twist: an allegation that Syngenta, a global agribusiness, has engaged in a
Final Infographic Spotlights Dueling Food Brands on Colorado and Oregon Initiatives For the third election cycle in a row, biotech corporations and large agribusinesses narrowly defeated statewide citizen initiatives that would have mandated the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. This time the electoral showdowns took place in Oregon, where it was narrowly defeated, and Colorado where the loss was decisive after labeling backers chose to focus their resources on Oregon. As
Benton County Food Freedom Willamette Valley farmers in Oregon have created a Community Bill of Rights preserving their rights to a local food system. The Local Food System Ordinance of Benton County (Measure 2-89) will be voted on in May 2015, and would protect conventional and organic farmers from further crop contamination from GMOs.
New Jersey Herald Source: Ben Rea ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Farmers in New York state would be better protected against lawsuits from biotech companies if genetically modified crops inadvertently grow on their fields under a bill passed by the state’s Assembly. Seed producers have sued farmers around the country for allegedly growing their bioengineered crops without buying the seed. Farmers often argue the seeds arrived by wind or other natural means.