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03/January/17
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In the wake of recent research, more lawsuits are being filed against Monsanto claiming its weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. And California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has likely added one more nail to Roundup’s coffin. It added glyphosate to the state of California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer. This decision is good news for the 37 lawsuits consolidated last November in Northern California where the first Monsanto cancer lawsuits were filed, one of which is a wrongful death lawsuit filed last March. LawyersandSettlements.com
 
 
The corn earworm pest is showing increasing resistance to the insecticidal toxins engineered into GM Bt corn, according to a new study published in PLOS One. The authors state that “Many sweet corn farmers in Maryland either have stopped growing” GM Bt corn or “are applying more insecticide sprays to compensate for the reduced control efficacy”. GMWatch
 
 
Scientists who cross agrochemical companies can find themselves at odds with industry for years, reports an article that takes in the story of Dr Angelika Hilbeck, who has researched the risks of GM Bt crops, among others. New York Times; comment by GMWatch
 
 
Organic corn seed varieties produced strong yields in field trials held in two Minnesota locations in 2016. The trials showed that organic corn grown using organic farming methods produced higher yields than the same corn grown using conventional methods. Organic & Non-GMO Report; comment by GMWatch

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