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Forcing the horse to drink, other CropChoice news

(Thursday, June 5, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- The following is some of the news and commentary on CropChoice this week. To see more, go to http://www.cropchoice.com.

  • Rocky Mountain Farmers Union disappointed at CDA approval of biopharm permit

    (Thursday, June 5, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- From a news release.

    DENVER - Rocky Mountain Farmers Union expressed frustration at the Colorado Department of Agricultureís (CDA) approval of an application to grow biopharmaceutical corn in Eastern Colorado this growing season.

    On May 2 of this year, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, along with 40 other groups representing farmers, rural communities, consumer groups and environmentalists, submitted a letter to Governor Owens and CDA, requesting that a moratorium be placed on growing biopharmaceutical crops in Colorado until the potential impacts to human health and the environment are studied and the technology is proven safe in an open, public process. Neither the Governorís office, nor CDA responded to the letter, nor to repeated requests to meet with the groups... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1720

  • The BSE, COOL and GMO commonalities

    by Richard R. Oswald
    Missouri farmer

    (Thursday, June 5, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- BSE and COOL have one thing in common. T he cause and effect of both are widely disputed. It is difficult for me to understand why any US producer would oppose COOL. Wade Zimmerman, in his May 21 letter to DTN, praises NCBA for it's handling of the BSE situation in Canada. NCBA and other producer organizations have become quite adept at issuing press releases. While Mr. Zimmerman's praise of NCBA is not unearned, I would have expected that response from them at the very least. The response form R-Calf was equally predictable and expected. The advantages of labeling in this instance were obvious.To say that R-Calf's Leo McDonnell is guilty of opportunism is a little harsh. Many proponents of COOL have tried to illustrate the hazards to US producers of being lumped in with other world producers who lack the quality and commitment of our own ag industry. The recent unfortunate discovery of BSE in Canada was just the hair of the same old dog that has bitten us before... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1721

  • Study expands commercial US wind power potential

    (Wednesday, June 4, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- SAN FRANCISCO - About a fourth of the United States packs winds powerful enough to generate electricity as cheaply as natural gas or coal-fired plants, according to a study by Stanford University researchers. The study, which measured wind speeds at turbines perched at the height of a 20-story building, also said the Southeast and Gulf coasts offer "the greatest previously uncharted reservoir of wind power in the continental United States."... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1715

  • Biotech revolution costing organic farmers; An AP California Farming

    (Thursday, June 5, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Paul Elias, Associated Press: Fig Newmans cost more today than a year ago. That's because the organic cookie maker Newman's Own now buys its corn syrup from Austria, since it no longer trusts domestic corn syrup to be free of genetically modified organisms. The corn syrup from Austria, which bans the planting of genetically modified crops, costs the Santa Cruz company more and has forced it to hike its prices... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1719

  • Plant breeding issues heat up

    by Paul Beingessner
    Saskatchewan farmer and writer

    (Tuesday, June 3, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- Until fairly recently, Canadian farmers mostly grew crop varieties that were developed by public plant breeding programs at Canadian universities and government research stations. The goal of these programs was to produce varieties suited to the unique physical climate and agronomic conditions of the particular region of Canada. For example, many varieties of crops that work well in other parts of the world are not suited to the very short growing season in the Canadian prairies. Because of this, early efforts at plant breeding were aimed at developing short season varieties of the major cereal crops... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1704

  • Forcing the horse to drink

    (Thursday, June 5, 2003 -- (Thursday, June 5, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- They said you could lead a horse to water, but you couldnít make it drink. Then someone invented the World Trade Organization. Now the US is suing the European Union into eating genetically-modified foods!

    This Saturday at 9AM Pacific, the Food Chain with Michael Olson hosts Alex Avery from the Hudson Institute and Kristen Dawkins from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, for a.. http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1716

  • Top UK miller to cut North America wheat if GM okayed

    (Wednesday, June 4, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Ben Harding, Reuters, 06/03/03: LONDON - Britain's biggest flour miller Rank Hovis said on Tuesday it would stop using North American wheat if the United States or Canada began commercial planting of GM varieties as it might contaminate non-GM grain during shipment... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1710

  • New website focuses on agribusiness... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1714