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September 27, 2007


India Exempts GM Foods; EU Policy a 'Stranglehold'; GM seed sales could triple


* India Exempts GM Processed Food Imports
* Argentina To Track Bundled GM Corn
* EU Policy Has livestock In A Stranglehold
* 10 EU countries block 3 maize varieties
* Rice tests show no genetic vestiges
* Monsanto users receive lower insurance premiums
* Global biotech seed sales could triple
* Bt does not persist in soil
* Ryegrass resistance evolution
* Inflicting Damages to "Protect" the Environment
* GMO Compass Newsletter
* Daily Update of the ABIC Conference
* Crop Biotech Update


India Exempts GM Processed Food Imports From Prior Approval

- Agriculture Online, Sept. 21, 2007


NEW DELHI--India's federal Ministry of Environment and Forests has exempted the use and imports of genetically modified processed foods from prior regulatory permission or approval, a government official said Friday.

A proposal has been submitted to the federal cabinet to set up a new authority to monitor the manufacturing, use, imports and exports of GM foodstuffs such as soyoil.

But until a new authority is put in place, the import and use of GM processed foods won't be regulated.

The ministry will now only regulate the manufacturing and use of living modified organisms such as seeds, the official told Dow Jones Newswires.

Because processed foods can't generate any further GM organisms, they will now come under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

India is one of the largest importers of crude soyoil derived from GM soybeans.

The country doesn't allow commercial cultivation of any GM crop except cotton. But it imports processed foods such as cakes, squash, edible oils and jams which are derived from GM crops produced elsewhere in the world.

According to data collated by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, a non-profit organization promoting biotechnology, 22 countries have given regulatory approval to import or plant certain GM crops and foods.

Another 29 countries have given approval to only import, but not plant GM products.


Argentina To Track Bundled Transgenic Corn On EU Concerns

- The Cattle Network, Sept. 24, 2007


BUENOS AIRES (Dow Jones)--Argentina will track corn grown from a recently approved transgenic bundled trait to avoid shipping that type of grain to the European Union, where the trait is not approved, according to a resolution published in the government's official bulletin Monday.

"Providers or distributors can only sell corn seeds with the bundled genes to users who have made a sworn statement ... that the seeds are destined for domestic consumption," the resolution reads.

A bundled trait combines two distinct transgenic characteristics into one seed variety. At the end of August, Monsanto Company's (MON) bundled MG and RR2 transgenic corn seed variety was approved for planting in the 2007-08 season.

The approval marks the first time bundled genetic traits have been approved in Argentina. In February, the government simplified the approval process for bundled traits, allowing applications for a transgenic crop combining two already approved genes without a full analysis of the new crop.

The seeds are genetically modified to produce a substance toxic to corn borer parasites and for glyphosate resistance, widely used as a herbicide to control weeds.

The tracking system seeks to avoid a repeat of problems over the GA21 transgenic corn trait that arose earlier this year. At the end of May, the government prohibited growing the variety after Spain rejected a shipment of Argentine corn. The GA21 trait, which is resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, isn't approved for human consumption in the European Union.

However, in July the ban on GA21 seeds was lifted following the implementation of a tracking system to prevent the corn from being shipped to the E.U. Farmers who use the GA21 seeds must make sworn statements that the corn will be used domestically or exported to regions where the trait is approved. Growers must also notify storage facilities, exporters and processors of the presence of the trait before delivering the corn.

Syngenta AG (SYT) obtained Argentina's approval for the GA21 transgenic seed in 2005.

Monsanto has a small amount of the bundled MG and RR2 seeds ready for this year's crop which will be used to test the technology, Monsanto Argentina spokesman Federico Ovejero said recently.

The new variety is expected to boost corn yields by 5-7%, Monsanto said in a recent release.

Argentine farmers already use seeds modified to produce the insect toxin in about 60% of the corn crop, according to Monsanto.

Only the U.S. produces more genetically modified crops than Argentina. Argentina has more than 17 million hectares dedicated to the production of transgenic crops, according to the International Service for the Acquisition Agri-Biotech Applications, or Isaaa, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of agricultural biotechnology.


GM Policy Has EU livestock In A Stranglehold

- The Pig Site, Sept. 26, 2007


FEFAC President Mr Pedro Corrêa de Barros called on the EU Farm Council to take urgent measures ensuring adequate access of livestock farmers to feed materials.

He welcomed the proposed decision to eliminate set-aside for the new crop season but stressed that this measure is not effective to address the present acute shortage of feed materials for the EU livestock population. He noted that the only way out to cover current market needs are additional imports of energy-rich feed materials of which the EU needs to import 15-25 million tonnes according to trade and industry experts. However, access to imports is severely restricted due to the present EU GM policy.

Mr Pedro Corrêa de Barros warned the EU Farm Council that "The current EU GM policy will cripple the EU livestock industry. Livestock producers in third countries will be able to use the GMO crops not yet approved in the EU to feed their animals and will increasingly sell their products of animal origin to EU consumers at a lower price compared with EU operators".

He stressed that the systematic slowdown of GM approvals in the EU combined with a strict 0-tolerance policy for the presence of non EU-approved events already resulted in the loss of 4 million tonnes of CGF (Corn Gluten Feed) and DDGS (Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles) that the EU used to import for years from the US. CGF and DDGS are staple feeds mainly for cattle in the "Atlantic" EU countries (Ireland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK). Their substitution has artificially inflated feed prices in the EU by 2-3 bio. €, out of a total cost increase for compound feed of 10 bio. € since last year due to higher world prices for cereals.

Further massive feed price increases in the EU, which livestock farmers may not be able to recover from consumers, must be expected in the new marketing year, if traces of newly authorised GM events in export countries appear in the supply of soybean meal to the EU, before they obtain full EU approval.

Mr Pedro Corrêa de Barros asked Farm Ministers "to take their political responsibility to avoid strangling the EU livestock industry". It is the EU Farm Ministers' duty to maintain EU's feed and food security by accelerating the EU GM approval process while setting a workable threshold for technically unavoidable presence of GM crops which have been approved in exporting countries but are pending approval in the EU at the time of import of feed grains. The planned EU CAP health check can meet its objective of market-orientation and competitiveness only if the EU livestock sector is on a level playing field with third countries operators, which is also in the interest of their main suppliers, the EU grain producers.


10 EU countries block approval of import of 3 biotech maize varieties

- The Age, Sept. 26, 2007


Agriculture ministers from 10 EU countries on Wednesday blocked approval of three genetically modified varieties of maize for use on the European market, reflecting continued deep divisions among EU nations over whether biotech crops pose a risk to human or animal health.

The products had been given the all-clear by the EU's food safety authority, EFSA, which said they would not have adverse effects on health or the environment.

Diplomats said Austria, Malta, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania and Luxembourg voted against, while France and Italy abstained, ensuring a deadlock. Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden led the group of biotech crop supporters.

The failure to reach agreement means it will be left to the EU's executive commission to approve the three products, which it is expected to do in the coming weeks.

Two of the GM crops were jointly developed and marketed by U.S. companies Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. and Mycogen Seeds.

Their maize products are designed to resist insects like the corn rootworm and be tolerant to herbicides. The third maize product, developed by U.S. biotech firm Monsanto Co., is also insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant.

All three products are meant to be used in food and animal feed production but not used for cultivation in the EU.

The European Commission has been trying to get all EU governments on side to open up the EU market to more biotech crops, something the United States, Canada and others have demanded.

The EU ended a six-year moratorium on accepting applications for new biotech products in May 2004, introducing strict approval procedures and labeling regulations, but several EU nations remain reluctant to authorize biotech crops because of public health and environmental concerns.


Rice tests show no genetic vestiges

- Nancy Cole, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sept. 27, 2007


Early test results reveal no traces of genetically engineered rice in this year's U. S. long-grain rice crop, according to the USA Rice Federation.

More than 13 months after the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced that an unapproved, transgenic rice had been detected in U. S. longgrain rice supplies, the industry trade group on Wednesday reported preliminary findings about this year's crop.

"We've taken a lot of actions as an industry to restore our competitiveness and marketability of long-grain rice, and we're beginning to see some positive results," said Senior Vice President Bob Cummings. "We're getting some very positive and favorable results from our testing of the 2007 longgrain crop," he said.

The federation has estimated that about 50 percent of all U. S. long-grain rice exports were negatively affected as a result of contamination by several Bayer CropScience LibertyLink varieties. "That ranges from the Europeans, where we lost that market [of 275, 000-300, 000 tons annually ], to countries like Iraq or Japan, where we're having to test, which incurs additional expenses," Cummings said.

Test results thus far from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas indicate that mandatory seedtesting programs have been effective in purging LibertyLink traits from this year's longgrain rice crop, Cummings said. Arkansas took the lead by banning the 2007 planting of two rice varieties that had tested positive for the "adventitious presence," or unintentional commingling, of trace amounts of the protein that makes LibertyLink rice varieties resistant to the herbicide Liberty, also known as glufosinate.

As of Sunday, an estimated 58 percent of Arkansas' rice crop had been harvested, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The state is expected to harvest 1, 325, 000 acres of rice this year, approximately 89 percent of it long-grain and 11 percent medium-grain.

Rice was Arkansas' most valuable crop in 2006, worth $ 892 million. The state produces almost half of all U. S. rice, and about half of all U. S. rice is exported.

Almost all U. S. long-grain rice is produced in five Southern states - Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas - while California produces almost exclusively medium- and short-grain rice.

Testing results like those announced Wednesday should help the United States resume exports of long-grain rice to the 27 member nations of the European Union, which shun genetically engineered food, Cummings said.

"We were just over in Europe last week, talking to the Europeans about our efforts to meet their regulatory requirements and to meet the demands of their consumers for rice that does not contain LibertyLink traits, and we think we're making progress there," he said.

But Al Montna, USA Rice Federation chairman and a California rice producer, expressed frustration with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which has yet to release a comprehensive investigative report explaining how traces of an unapproved transgenic long-grain rice entered commercial grain supplies.

"The European community continually requests this information," Montna said. "We need the results of this investigation right away, because the European community's meeting Oct. 10 to open Europe for U. S. rice, most of which comes from Arkansas," he said.

Some progress has been made in other export markets, Cummings said.

On Sept. 21, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the suspension of its program to monitor U. S. long-grain rice imports for LibertyLink traces, while still encouraging importers to continue testing until the end of the 2007 rice harvest.

The Philippines is seeking rice purchases under the U. S. "Food for Peace" program, Cummings said. "We believe that LibertyLink is not an obstacle," he said.

Arkansas' two major rice milling cooperatives - Riceland Foods Inc. and Producers Rice Mill Inc. - "are testing every bit of green rice that comes into their receiving points," Cummings said.

"The laboratories are issuing certificates to the mills... those certificates are being forwarded to the rice federation, and we're collating that information," Cummings said. "As of earlier this week, we had gotten test results on about 960, 000 metric tons of green rice... and all of those test results are coming back negative, that is, showing no presence of LibertyLink," he said. "Our expectation is that that will go on."

The United States is expected to produce about 6. 3 million metric tons of long-grain rice this year, so the test results to date represent about 15 percent of the anticipated crop.

"We're confident, particularly when we're looking at the European market, that we will have tested well above 50 percent, probably above 75 percent, of the rough rice that's going to eventually make its way to Europe," Cummings said.

Many smaller mills, like Cormier Rice Milling Co. Inc. in DeWitt, export very little rice, so their testing is far less comprehensive.

"We're not doing extensive testing," Cormier plant manager Larry Thompson said, because the mill only exports rice to Canada about four times a year.


Monsanto users receive lower insurance premiums

- Feedstuffs, Sept. 26, 2007


A new pilot program recently approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) will provide farmers an opportunity to pay lower premiums if they plant 75 to 80% of their corn acres using hybrid seeds that feature YieldGard Plus with Roundup Ready Corn 2 or YieldGard VT Triple technology from Monsanto Company. The insurance product will be offered as a pilot program in cooperation with Western Agriculture Insurance Company and will be called the Biotech Yield Endorsement (BYE). Western Agriculture Insurance will make the program available to all other approved insurance providers to offer to their farmer customers.

The pilot program will initially be available in four states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota. Implementation of BYE has yet to be determined pending available resources and priorities for the deployment and administration of the program by the Risk Management Agency (RMA). Depending on the grower's production history, amount of coverage purchased and other criteria, the farmer may be able to reduce the yield component of their premium up to 24%.


Monsanto predicts global biotech seed sales could triple

- Brisbane Times, Sept. 27, 2007


Monsanto Co. predicted Wednesday it could triple the amount of farming acres planted worldwide with its genetically engineered seeds.

The world's biggest seed maker has seen its overseas sales hindered over the last decade as countries resist biotech crops, derided as "franken foods" by critics who have blocked their export from the United States.

But Monsanto is paving the way to increase acres planted with its biotech seeds from 95 million today to 270 million, said Brett Begemann, Monsanto's executive vice president of global commercial business.

"Strong global adoption of our (seeds) coupled with recent approvals paves the way for expanded growth and sets the stage for new growth as we look to stack and upgrade these products in the coming years," Begemann told a group of stock analysts and investors at the Credit Suisse Chemicals Conference held in New York.

Monsanto's stock jumped $2.91, or 3.6 percent, to close at a new 52-week high of $83.75 Wednesday.

The overall number of acres planted in biotech seeds has increased in recent years, according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization trade group. Global biotech crop acreage increased 13 percent between 2005 and 2006, growing from 222 million acres to 252 million acres, according to the group.

That doesn't mean grass-roots resistance to the crops will stop, said Laurel Hopwood, chairwoman of the Sierra Club's biotechnology committee. Hopwood said she gets e-mails from activists around the globe who want to slow the spread of biotech seeds.

"It's very clear that people don't want it," Hopwood said. "I would call Monsanto's press release industry spin."

Hopwood said the Sierra Club will continue to lobby in Washington for more safety testing of biotech crops along with labeling any foods that contain them. She said the group's ultimate goal is to win a moratorium on any biotech crops being planted.

In outlining Monsanto's growth opportunities, Begemann highlighted Monsanto's corn seed business, which has gained market share in 2007 in Europe, Argentina, India and South Africa. He said Monsanto continues to expect international corn seed sales to grow at a rate of 1 to 2 percent annually through the end of the decade.

Begemann said Brazil will be a hot spot for sales growth after Monsanto's purchase of the Agroeste seed company. The acquisition boosts Monsanto's market share in Brazil to 40 percent. That will give Monsanto the outlets it needs to introduce new strains of crops like YieldGard Corn Borer, he said.

Monsanto has increasingly invested in "advanced breeding" techniques to develop new crops without genetic engineering. Instead, the company uses gene markers and advanced computers to rapidly breed plants with desirable traits.

The new breeding program could make it easier to introduce crops in countries where resistance to genetic engineering remains strong.


Cry3Bb1 protein from Bacillus thuringiensis in root exudates and biomass of transgenic corn does not persist in soil

- Isik Icoz and Guenther Stotzky, Transgenic Research, September 13, 2007



The Cry3Bb1 protein, insecticidal to the corn rootworm complex (Diabrotica spp.), of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) subsp. kumamotoensis was released in root exudates of transgenic Bt corn (event MON863) in sterile hydroponic culture (7.5 ± 1.12 ng/ml after 28 days of growth) and in nonsterile soil throughout growth of the plants (2.2 ± 0.62 ng/g after 63 days of growth). Kitchawan soil, which contains predominantly kaolinite (K) but not montmorillonite (M), was amended to 3 or 6% (vol./vol.) with K (3K and 6K soils) or M (3M and 6M soils) and with 1, 3, 5, or 10% (wt./wt.) of ground biomass of Bt corn expressing the Cry3Bb1 protein and incubated at 25 ± 2°C at the -33-kPa water tension for 60 days. Soils were analyzed for the presence of the protein every 7 to 10 days with a western blot assay (ImmunoStrip) and verified by ELISA. Persistence of the protein varied with the type and amount of clay mineral and the pH of the soils and increased as the concentration of K was increased but decreased as the concentration of M was increased. Persistence decreased when the pH of the K-amended soils was increased from ca. 5 to ca. 7 with CaCO3: the protein was not detected after 14 and 21 days in the pH-adjusted 3K and 6K soils, respectively, whereas it was detected after 40 days in the 3K and 6K soils not adjusted to pH 7. The protein was detected for only 21 days in the 3M soil and for 14 days in the 6M soil, which were not adjusted in pH. These results indicate that the Cry3Bb1 protein does not persist or accumulate in soil and is degraded rapidly.


Ryegrass resistance evolution uncovered

- Grains Research and Development Corporation, Sept. 19, 2007


A GRDC funded study found widespread multiple herbicide resistant annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) in WA and concludes there are severe management and sustainability issues for graingrowers.

In less than 25 years, ryegrass across the WA wheatbelt has evolved from being susceptible to being resistant to many herbicides.

Randomly selected from 14 million hectares of WA wheatbelt, 500 cropping paddocks were visited at crop maturity, with ryegrass seed collected from 452 of these paddocks.

Mechelle Owen, a researcher at the GRDC supported WA Herbicide Resistance Initiative at the School of Biology, University of Western Australia said 68 per cent of the ryegrass populations were resistant to the Group A herbicide diclofop-methyl (Hoegrass) and 88 per cent to the Group B herbicide sulfometuron (Oust).

This was an increase of 20 per cent in frequency of resistance, compared with resistance levels surveyed in the same agronomic zone five years earlier.

According to Ms Owen, 64 per cent of the ryegrass populations in the current survey displayed multiple resistance to both herbicide groups (A and B)

Intensively cropped areas displayed higher frequencies of resistant and developing resistance populations due to greater herbicide selection pressure.

A concern is that 24 per cent of ryegrass populations were developing resistance to trifluralin and eight per cent to clethodim (Select). Both of these herbicides are relied on to control Group A and B resistant ryegrass.

On a more optimistic note, most ryegrass populations are still susceptible to the wheatbelt's most popular knockdown herbicide, glyphosate, with less than one per cent showing resistance.

Paraquat, triazines (e.g. atrazine, simazine) and trifluralin are also effective on most ryegrass populations.

The future challenge is to sustain the effectiveness of these herbicides by using more diversified cropping and farming systems, with less overall reliance on herbicides and more integrated management strategies.


Personal and Property Damages to "Protect" the Environment

- Federal Association of German Plant Breeders e.V (press release - translated), Sept. 21, 2007


By destroying farm fields, the opponents of genetic engineering devastate research projects, cause harvest losses, and create millions in economic damage. However, that doesn't seem to go far enough for some of them. In a recent letter claiming responsibility, a militant group of biotechnology opponents are now threatening to prevent the harvest of GM maize across the entire country by concealing metal objects in fields.

With the pretext of protecting the environment, this is intended to prevent a harvest of Bt-maize which has been duly certified and determined to be safe. This shows that they assign little value to expensive harvest machinery, and to human safety as well. It was sheer luck that nobody was hurt at Prädikow, Brandenburg when rocks attached to maize plants caused severe damages to a combine. "By hiding dangerous objects in maize fields, the actions of the opponents of genetic engineering have taken on an appallingly different character," said Dr. Ferdinand Schmitz, managing director of the Federal Association of German Plant Breeders about the announcement of new criminal tactics.

"Destruction tourism" was first enabled by the public location register introduced in 2005, which is the perfect "travel guide" for precisely locating fields of GM maize. Even so, politicians still dispute a connection between location registers and field destruction. The fact that determined "environmental" groups have no interest in a constructive dialogue on the basis of scientific findings should now be clear with this latest public provocation. "It is high time that field destruction is treated and condemned for what it is: a punishable criminal offense, and not mere mischief," Schmitz concluded.


GMO Compass Newsletter

- Issue 16, Sept. 26, 2007


Bt maize: Spanish cultivation has risen significantly

New Spanish statistics show an increase of forty per cent in the cultivated area of Bt maize, largely concentrated in the north-western Aragon region. The study also highlights the attractiveness to Catalonian farmers of pest-resistant Bt maize, which also displays a lower incidence of fungal infections.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#156> ]

Upper-Austrian GMO cultivation ban ultimately invalid

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in September that the ban on gene technology locally legislated by Upper Austria is invalid. The attempt by Upper Austria legally to declare itself a "gene-technology-free zone" now has been decisively rejected by both the European Commission and the ECJ.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#155> ]

German rapeseed recalled

The EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson highlighted the gap between the EUs GM approval system and those of feed exporting countries in a speech at European Biotechnology Info Day in Brussels. He warned of "hungry cows" and "struggling farmers", if the EU wont close this gap. "There is an economic risk in Europe, if we fall behind the global economy in approving safe biotechnology."
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#154> ]

GM wheat: release trials approved in Switzerland

Despite the five-year GMO moratorium declared in Switzerland in 2005, the Swiss National Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape has approved field trials for genetically modified wheat. Conducted as basic research, the trials address biosafety and the effectiveness of GE resistance to fungal infections.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#153> ]

MON810: approved for commercial use in Brazil

According to a statement released by the developing company in August, the National Biosafety Committee of Brazil approved the Monsanto GM maize MON810 for commercial use.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200708.docu.html#152> ]

Suspected cause found for bee deaths in USA

American researchers have identified the IAPV virus as a probable cause of the mass bee deaths affecting as many as ninety per cent of regional colonies. In combination with other stress factors, the imported virus seems to trigger the condition known as Colony Collapse Disorder.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#159> ]

GM maize: new Chinese line promises environmental benefits

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences announced in September the beginning of field trials on a new GM maize intended for animal feed. Developed to produce phytase, the new line promises increased digestibility and a reduction in environmental pollution derived from animal waste.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#158> ]

New GM eucalyptus ingest three times as much carbon dioxide

A joint Taiwanese-American project has successfully developed GM eucalyptus trees which absorb far greater quantities of carbon dioxide than conventional eucalyptus. Added benefits include the production of more cellulose and less lignin, which may enhance the industrial production of paper pulp and bio-fuel.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#161> ]

New Philippine study indicates high consumer acceptance of GM rice

The Philippine Rice Research Institute and the Strive Foundation have published study results which indicate widespread acceptance of the use of GE in the Philippines. A locally-developed rice line with stacked traits is expected to be on the market by 2011.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#160> ]

Highest Indian agri-science institution would consider terminator technology

Speaking at the International Conference on Agricultural Biotechnology in September, the director-general of ICAR recommends discussion and research on the topic of applicable terminator technology for India.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/messages/200709.docu.html#157> ]

GMO labelling of foodstuffs produced from animals -- the discussion continue

According to European law, the meat, milk and eggs from animals which have been fed with genetically modified feed need not be identified specially. Consumers' groups and politicians repeatedly have criticized this legislation. GMO-Compass outlines the latest headlines and facts.
[ more <http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/stories/286.labelling_foodstuffs.html> ]


"Talking Biotech with the Public": a special issue of the Biotechnology Journal

Especially in Europe, the great majority of the general public is scared, anxious and fearful of green biotechnology. Public understanding and a thorough exchange with scientists need methodically to be encouraged. Since scientists depend on society - and vice versa - the current issue of the Biotechnology journal focuses on this area of conflict. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the status quo of public debate, of public perceptions and of new approaches to bridging the gap between society and scientists. The papers are available online during September free of charge: www.biotechnology-journal.com <http://www.biotechnology-journal.com>


Daily Update of the ABIC Conference

- Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC), ABIC 2007 September 23 - 26, 2007 Calgary, Alberta, Canada


ABIC Day Four - Sept 26th

It's healthy, but would you buy it?

Only if it's on the store shelf, says Dave Dzisiak. Which is a problem because big food companies react to trends, they don't try to start them. ... 9/26/2007 | Full Story

Aussie anti-GM canola moratorium weakens

Australia's muddled GM canola rules are 'an embarrassment," according to the country's leading pro-biotechnology spokesman. Soon, he predicts, the ban will collapse. ... 9/26/2007 | Full Story

Antarctic hair grass teaches Aussie wheat a lesson

Only two plants grow wild in Antarctica. Not surprisingly, they've learned a lot about frost tolerance, and it's something Australia's wheat industry thinks that it can learn too. ... 9/26/2007 | Full Story

BASF's Amflora is just the first step

Starting this winter, the world's biggest chemical company is ready to ship its first biotech breakthrough to farmers... 9/26/2007 | Full Story

Can agriculture change fast enough?

If old-style agriculture was a football team, it would be happiest to run and never pass. Now, it's too late in the game and there's no choice left. ... 9/26/2007 | Full Story

ABIC Day Three - Sept 25th

Wall Street buys ag biotech

Six multinational companies have powered ag biotech through its first decade ... 9/25/2007 | Full Story

Biotech meets the future, and likes what it sees

In all of human history, nothing like it has ever happened. In fact, nothing even close to it has happened. ... 9/25/2007 | Full Story

Biotech wheat stays on the shelf

Until farmers change their minds, that's how it's likely to stay. ... 9/25/2007 | Full Story

First came computers, now India eyes biotech

With a projected population of 1.4 billion by 2020, India knows a thing or two about big numbers. ... 9/25/2007 | Full Story

ABIC Day Two - Sept 24th

Without biotech, can farmers feed the world?

In the next 50 years, the world's farmers must produce more food than farmers have grown in the entire 10,000 years since agriculture was invented. ... 9/24/2007 | Full Story

If you want to save your biotech access

At the same time that the world's biotech scientists and regulators were deep in Monday's ABIC 2007 conference in Calgary, Canada's media had been invited to a press conference in the same building ... 9/24/2007 | Full Story

Pick up that gauntlet

Golden rice makes GreenPeace co-founder Patrick Moore see red, not because the rice gets him stirred up, but because the people who should be backing it don't. ... 9/24/2007 | Full Story

ABIC Day One - Sept 23rd

Risking a lesson for the scientifically illiterate

Joe Schwarcz isn't kind to so-called experts who get their science all wrong... ... 9/23/2007 | Full Story

Good news from American consumers

Despite a year of food scares and non-stop headlines about E. coli in fresh produce, American consumers aren't re-thinking their acceptance of food with biotech ingredients ... 9/23/2007 | Full Story

Worlds meet at ABIC 2007 in Calgary

Of all the globe's farmers who plant biotech seeds, three-quarters live in the developing world. Yet none live in Africa... ... 9/23/2007 | Full Story


Crop Biotech Update

- International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), September 21, 2007


In This Issue

OECD Reports on the Roundtable Discussion for Biofuel
Performance Plants Inc. Announces New Patents for Crop Drought Protection Technology
ICRISAT Strategies for Climate Change and Desertification

PhD Program for African Students Launched
Africa too Slow on Biosafety Legislation
Protein-Rich Yam Bean in Africa?

Bayer Adds Third License to Senesco's Gene Technology
Monsanto and Dow to Develop Eight-Gene Stacked Combination in Maize
IICA and Croplife Join Forces to Transfer Agro-Technologies
IFIC Study Shows Little Change in Americans' Perception of Food Biotech

Asia and the Pacific
India's MOEF Exempts Rule on Approval for GMF Imports
Argentine Food Officer Says GM Crops to Raise Farm Income in India
Biofuel Consultation for the Asia Pacific Region
Cornell U. Helps Develop GM Eggplant for Asia
Australia Approves Limited Release of GM Cotton
Study Finds Widespread Herbicide Resistant Ryegrass in West Australia
LIPI to Compile Biotechnology Indicators
Biotech Course for RP Local Chief Executives
IPR Workshop for Vietnam

Area under GM Maize in Spain Increased by 40 Percent in 2007
Austrian GMO Ban, Illegal Says EU Court

Transgenic Rice with Improved Water Use Efficiency
Producing Diarrhea and Cholera Vaccines in GM Carrots
Recombinant Protein in Tobacco for Fungal and Insect Resistance
Bt Protein from GM Corn Does Not Persist in Soil

*by Andrew Apel, guest editor, andrewapel+at+wildblue.net