USDA Finds RR Alfalfa Safe
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced its decision to grant non-regulated status for alfalfa that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to Roundup. “After a thorough and transparent examination of alfalfa through a multi-alternative environmental impact statement, APHIS has determined that Roundup Ready alfalfa is as safe as traditionally-bred alfalfa,” says agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack. The USDA decision came in time for spring planting.
Monsanto and DAS Receive Registration for Refuge-in-a-Bag
Dow AgroSciences REFUGE ADVANCED powered by SmartStax and Monsanto Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete, the industry’s first single-bag refuge solutions, have received registration from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This completes U.S. regulatory authorization, and commercialization is pending on individual state’s authorizations and notifications. The EPA approval enables a full-scale commercial launch of both products for the 2012 season. These products are the outcome of collaboration between Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, and are a combination of each company’s industry-leading corn traits.
Syngenta Submits Two EPA Applications
Syngenta Seeds Inc. has submitted an application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the registration of its Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z refuge trait stack and its Agrisure 3122 E-Z refuge trait stack, both featuring a blended five percent refuge or refuge-in-a-bag component. The Agrisure Viptera trait is approved for cultivation in the United States, Canada and Brazil, and is approved for import into Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.


EU Member States To Harmonize GM Policy
EU member states have endorsed a proposal that will harmonize implementation of a zero tolerance policy on non-authorized genetically modified material in feed. It addresses the current uncertainty EU operators face when marketing feed based on imports of raw materials from third countries. The technical solution endorsed in a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health will lead to a specific set of procedures to be used by all member states.
127 Nations Sign Global Plant Treaty
According to a report prepared by the secretariat to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 127 countries have now signed the treaty. The gene pool created under it has reached 1.5 million samples of the world’s 64 most important food crops. While one-sixth of the signatories have made their crop collections available under the treaty’s sharing system, a number are still in the process.
Two International Phytosanitary Standards Approved
Major revisions to two international standards associated with phytosanitary certification, which will impact the seed industry, were adopted during the sixth meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures held March 14 to 18, 2011 in Rome. The CPM is the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention. The American Seed Trade Association’s senior director of seed health and trade, Ric Dunkle, served as a technical advisor and helped work through more than 600 issues to overcome concerns and make sure the standards were acceptable for adoption.

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