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Thinking points on loss of corn exports to Europe because of biotech; other CropChoice news, commentary

(Monday, March 8, 2004 -- CropChoice news) -- The following are links to some of the CropChoice news and commentary items from last week. To see others, go to http://www.cropchoice.com

  • The loss of corn exports to Europe: Something to chew on at the Commodity Classic
    (Friday, March 5, 2004 -- CropChoice commentary) -- Corporate agribusiness and their closely aligned U.S. commodity groups supported the Central American Free Trade Agreement because, according to recent public statements, it will lock in markets for U.S. corn that agribusiness processes and exports. Perhaps those commodity and trade groups should devote more attention to a prime cash-paying market -- the European Union -- that's been all but lost because of the insistence of some of those very same commodity groups, along with the U.S. government and biotechnology companies, that blindly insist that the United States push genetically engineered commodity crops, including corn, onto to world processors and consumers whether they want them or not... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2430

  • Renewable energy---A real possibility in Illinois
    (Saturday, March 6, 2004 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- The following statement by Dan McGuire was submitted to the 2004 Planning Institute's Innovative Community Planning conference at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on March 4. Vice President of the American Corn Growers Association Keith Bolin submitted the statement as part of his presentation as a panel member. Mr. Bolin, a school board member of the Bureau Valley High School in Manlius, IL was on the Renewable Energies---a real possibility for Illinois panel... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2435

  • Sustainable bio-intensive farming system: An innovation for sustainable livelihoods
    (Saturday, March 6, 2004 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- One of the daunting challenges Nepal has been facing now is how to increase food grain production without depleting further the available natural resource bases and without degrading the environment. A subsistence-oriented agrarian economy is predominant in Nepal even today. In the late 70's, high response varieties (HRVs) as well as the chemical fertilizers were introduced in Nepal with an objective of transforming the subsistence agriculture into a commercial one. During the last two decades, however, the agriculture and environment have shown a negative change. These include deforestation, soil erosion, land slides, and loss of indigenous crop varieties well suited to the local environment. As a result of these negative processes, many hill districts have become food deficient. Moreover, there has not been a significant positive change in the pattern of resource (land) ownership. Rather the small holders have lost their ownership to land for the sake of earning livelihood... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2434

  • Filipino islanders blame GM crop for illness; Monsanto denies claim... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2428

  • Analyst points out ag myths... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2425