|Merge-Santo: New Threat to Food Sovereignty|
ETC Group - 3/22/2016. As ETC first warned in May last year and again in February this year, the pressure of two mergers among the Big Six Gene Giants would make a third merger inevitable. In the last few days the business media have reported that Monsanto is in separate talks with Bayer and BASF – the two German giants among agricultural input companies. While anti-competition regulators are fussing about the hook up of DuPont with Dow and of Syngenta with Chem China, Monsanto urgently needs to make a match.
|West Australia organic farmer must pay $804,000 in court costs after losing GM legal battle|
The Guardian [UK] - 3/22/2016. Australian Associated Press - West Australian farmer Steve Marsh, who tried to sue his neighbour after genetically modified canola blew on to his land, contaminating his organic crop, must now pay a hefty court costs bill after a stay order was lifted. Marsh had sought $85,000 in damages, but was instead ordered to pay court costs of about $804,000.
|House backs constitutional changes to protect Mainers’ right to food choices|
Portland Press Herald - 3/22/2016. By Kevin Miller - House lawmakers voted Tuesday to move forward with a proposed constitutional amendment declaring Mainers have a “right to food freedom,” a step that could increase tensions among local food producers, government regulators and the agribusiness industry.