GM Agriculture

The debate on GM agriculture continues.  Switzerland has extended a moratorium on genetically engineered plants and animals by three years.   The first harvest of genetically modified bananas in Australia has been picked.   Bayer CropScience must pay about $2 million for losses sustained by two Missouri farmers when an experimental variety of rice cross-bred with their crops.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has released a 49 page draft social statement on genetics, a framework for discussion.  Private Member's Bill C-474 survived second hour of debate in the Canadian House of Commons.  Find out more from www.cban.org - (supporting the Bill); and www.croplife.ca (opposing the Bill).  Monsanto has announced the failure of its first generation Bt-cotton crop in India.  India has put on hold the commercialization of GM eggplant.  More info on GM crops and animals from www.safeage.org