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30/January/17
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A ban on planting GMO corn in Mexico is likely to continue for years as a slow-moving legal battle grinds on, said a top executive of Monsanto. Last week, a Mexican court upheld a late 2013 ruling that temporarily halted even pilot plots of GMO corn following a legal challenge over its effects on the environment. Yahoo Finance
 
 
An important new study shows that the most widely used agricultural herbicide on the planet has the potential to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats at extremely low levels of exposure, writes Prof David Schubert. Published in Scientific Reports, a journal in the prestigious Nature portfolio, the study shows that the weedkiller Roundup causes a serious liver disease in rats at a concentration greatly below that found in the bodies of most Americans. GMWatch
 
 
Within just a few weeks, two studies were published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports that cast new doubts on the safety of GM foods and glyphosate herbicide. The first found that a GMO corn, NK 603, was not substantially equivalent to a non-GMO counterpart, which is contrary to claims of GMO proponents. The second study found that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, can cause a serious liver disease at doses thousands of times lower than that allowed by law. The Organic & Non-GMO Report
 
 
California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge has tentatively ruled. Orange County Register
 
 
Bob Young, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, has made it crystal clear that any US trade deal struck by Theresa May would be contingent on the UK public stomaching imports of US foods that it has previously rejected: beef from cattle implanted with growth hormones, chlorine-washed chicken, and unlabelled GM foods. Meanwhile a representative of the UK’s National Farmers Union appears only to be concerned that British farmers should be able to use the same production techniques as US farmers to ensure “an even playing field”. The Observer
 
 
Environment Minister José Herrera has admitted that an outright ban on the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which he announced last July before backtracking this month, was never on the cards. Only products containing both the active substance glyphosate and the co-formulant POE-tallowamine are being banned. Times of Malta
 
 
A supposedly scientific intervention on behalf of Bangladeshi farmers – GM Bt brinjal (eggplant) has in fact been forced upon them unscientifically, shows a documentary film, Bt Brinjal in the Dock. Dhaka Courier; comment by GMWatch

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