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Chinese Province Bans GMOs

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Heilongjiang province is taking precautionary measures with GMOs, in opposition to Chinese central government sentiment. Given the recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that state and local governments can regulate GM crops, perhaps U.S. states will follow suit. China’s Top Grain Producing Province Bans GM Crops Sustainable Pulse Source: Connie Ma Farmers in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, China’s top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops, according to a provincial

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules State and Local Laws Can Regulate GMOs, Except in Hawaii

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: This ruling gives state and local governments the rights overall to regulate and ban GM crops – except in Hawaii.  There, the ruling interprets GM-friendly Hawaii state law as superseding Hawaiian county and municipal law. Because of Hawaii’s unique climate, the biotech industry routinely tests crops there, subjecting Hawaiians to more restricted-use insecticides and pesticides per acre than citizens in the continental U.S.  The court also decided that the USDA has sole authority over GMO

GMO Drift Renders Organic Crops Uninsurable

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: In an apparent handshake with the biotech industry, the USDA has declared that crop insurance does not cover organic crops contaminated by chemical or GMO drift. Other problems also plague crop insurance programs for organic farmers, as the insurance doesn’t include pesticide contamination in inputs like compost. A good insurance program would pay the organic farmer for the loss incurred. And then the insurer would go after the perpetrator that caused the harm

GMO Alfalfa is a Slow Starter

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia vigorously opposed the introduction of GMO alfalfa. We highlighted many of the problems with the GMO version of this perennial and important crop for farmers. Both organic and conventional farmers expressed considerable concern over Monsanto’s alfalfa creation. It’s interesting that it has thus far failed to meet the biotech giant’s expectations. Growers embrace some GMO crops, but only give GMO alfalfa a handshake The FERN by Chuck Abbott Alfalfa Source: Michell Tribe

EPA Approves Dicamba-based Herbicide Designed for GMO Cotton and Soy

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: The EPA’s approval of Monsanto’s XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology herbicide is projected to increase dicamba use from less than one million pounds to more than 25 million annually on soy and cotton fields.  Dicamba is an older generation persistent pesticide that has been linked to damage of the kidney and liver, neurotoxicity, and developmental impacts. It moves rather easily through soil and its small particles tend to drift far from spray sites.  Of