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Farmer sees no need to sow pharm seeds, OTA opposes biotech wheat, soybean farmers don't appreciate Zoellick remarks

(Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Below are three news and commentary items this week on CropChoice.

    Colorado doesn't have to grow drug corn, says farmer

    (Wednesday, May 28, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- The Colorado activists are still fighting drug corn's introduction into Colorado. My best guess, is, however, that the bought-and-paid-for Colorado Republican administration will approve of it. In fact, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it isn't already planted, pre-approval... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1685

  • OTA might 'ratchet' up pressure to oppose biotech wheat

    (Wednesday, May 28, 2003 -- CropChoice commentary) -- The Organic Trade Association should follow the lead of the Canadian Wheat Board, which this week requested that Monsanto refrain from selling wheat genetically engineered to resist glyphosate (sold as Roundup), even if the Canadian government approves the company's application to sell the seed to farmers... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1687

  • U.S. soybean farmers question trade rep's remarks: 'This is not how we should treat our best customers' (Wednesday, May 28, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- The following is a news release.

    Des Arc, Ark., May 29, 2003 -- Harvey Joe Sanner, a lifelong soybean farmer and the Executive Director of the Soybean Producers of America (SPA) thanked the European Union (EU) today for being last year's largest U.S. export customer for soybeans and questioned the anti-customer remarks in a recent announcement by the U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick. "We are very concerned with the harsh rhetoric of late by Mr. Zoellick. A few days ago he called our very valuable European customers Luddites, a term for backward thinking folks. I am wondering how brilliant it is for a key government official, who should be promoting sales of U.S. soybeans, to use such derogatory terms in describing our largest single buyer. This is not how we should treat our best customers!"...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1686