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Judge Blocks Maui County from Implementing GMO Ban

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The media is reporting on a decision by a federal judge to postpone implementation of a new law in Maui County banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he considers arguments in a lawsuit against the measure. The Associated Press reports that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren said in his ruling. Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. filed Read More >

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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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BIO Submits Joint Supplemental Comments on the USPTO March Guidance

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Last week BIO, alongside a number of member companies and private individuals, submitted supplemental comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concerning their March 2014 Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. In July, BIO and international bio-industry associations had submitted comments to the USPTO expressing concern about the Guidance, and its impact on the patent eligibility of biotechnology inventions. Since July, USPTO staff has indicated a final revision to the Guidance would be released Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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