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Monday, June 10, 2013

Monsanto, the world's largest producer of agricultural seeds, SUED for genetically modified wheats

June 10th, 2013

Genetically modified wheat: Researchers say Monsanto’s questioning of testing accuracy is unfounded

Researchers who identified Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat in a northeastern Oregon field are questioning the seed giant’s emphasis on the potential for faulty test results.

A Monsanto spokesman said the company is “operating on the assumption” that the test results announced 10 days ago are valid. But in a press conference call last week, company officials stressed the potential for false positives and noted that Monsanto hasn’t been given plant samples to test.

Monsanto to stop seeking GMO approval in Europe

Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of agricultural seeds and a giant in the field of agricultural biotechnology, is halting its efforts to lobby European governments to allow the cultivation of its genetically modified plants and seeds, a German newspaper has reported.

The Berlin newspaper Tageszeitung (Taz) reported last week that Monsanto, which produces seeds, herbicides and other agricultural products and whose name has become synonymous with all things GMO, won’t be pursuing licences for any new genetically modified plants or doing any new field trials of GMO seeds in most parts of western Europe.