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eating habits
Everett Griner talks about how our eating habits have changed in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

GMO labeling law
The national GMO labeling law passed by Congress may avoid the Donald Trump administration executive order against government regulations. The executive order calls for two regulations to be removed from the books for every regulation enacted in 2017. Continue reading

syngenta viptera
A Kansas City, Kansas federal court will hold the first of several class-action lawsuit hearings against Syngenta over Viptera corn in June. DTN reports the first trial is scheduled for June 5th, according to a court order issued last week in the U.S. District Court of Kansas. Continue reading

genetically engineered apple
The first genetically engineered apple variety will reach store shelves next month after years of development and protest. Continue reading

usda
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as to reduce the burden on regulated entities. Continue reading

gmo educated
A recent study by the NPD Group shows U.S. consumers are more educated about genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as well as the benefits of using them in the food supply. The study also finds that many consumers are still concerned. Continue reading

Gmo stamp Ukraine
Ukraine plans to strengthen its checks for genetically modified organisms, with soybeans of particular concern, according to government officials in the nation. Ukraine’s State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service made the comments this week. Continue reading

by Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, Seth Wechsler, and Daniel Milkove, USDA Economic Research Service

What Is the Issue?

california-ag-central-valley-mowing-alfalfa-hay-2 genetically
Genetically engineered (GE) varieties of corn, soybeans, and cotton with herbicide-tolerant and/or insect-resistant traits were commercially introduced in the United States in 1996. Twenty years later, most corn, cotton, and soybean farmers use these varieties, and the impacts of adoption have been widely documented. By contrast, relatively little is known about the adoption of GE alfalfa, canola, and sugarbeets, crops that add substantial value to the U.S. agricultural sector. For instance, alfalfa is the fourth largest crop in the United States in terms of acreage and production value. It was also the first widely grown GE perennial to be commercialized. GE alfalfa and GE sugarbeets have been subjects of recent legal controversies. Continue reading

Gmo stamp fined
Food Democracy Action was fined more than $320,000 for campaign finance violations regarding the group’s support of a ballot measure in Washington state to require GMO Labeling. Continue reading

British GMO law
Great Britain’s exit from the European Union may open the door for British farmers to grow genetically modified crops. British officials are drawing up plans that could allow GM crops in the future. Continue reading

New York Times Gmo stamp
A study by the New York Times claims genetically modified crops offer no significant yield benefit and lead to increased herbicide use. An article published over the weekend by the New York Times says: “Genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.” Continue reading

potatoes
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) extended deregulation to two lines of genetically engineered (GE) potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars on October 28, 2016.  APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these GE traits in other GE potatoes. Continue reading

Gmo stamp
A draft law reportedly agreed to by all German ministers would make the decision of whether to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops a joint decision by Germany’s federal and state governments in the future. Continue reading

Collaboration between most-recognized non-GMO seal and supply-chain leader to boost non-GMO ingredient availability

non gmo project green vintage sealAs demand for non-GMO food rises, Cargill has for the first time taken the step to gain Non-GMO Project Verification for three of its food ingredients.

Cargill’s erythritol, cane sugar and high oleic sunflower oil are now Non-GMO Project Verified and commercially available. Cargill took this action to help food and beverage manufacturers, and foodservice operators meet the growing demand for non-GMO products and satisfy consumers’ preferences. Continue reading

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