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March 31, 2015

Patent ruling boosts innovative plant breeding

European Seed Association regrets "broccoli/tomato decision" of European Patent Office's Enlarged Board of Appeal - Patentability of plants obtained by essentially biological processes threatens balance of breeders’ rights and patents and may hinder future breeding innovation

Attendees of the UN Climate-Smart Agriculture conference call for action on climate-resilient farming 

March 30, 2015

Pakistan - Reinventing the seed business (Dawn)

USA - Plot to steal seed corn a national security threat (The Des Moines Register)

First Lady of Wheat in Mexico to celebrate her father, Norman Borlaug

Innovation is key to wheat yield potential advances, says incoming director general of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

United Kingdom - BBSRC, MRC and ESRC publish a vision for joint working in Food, Nutrition and Health research

Uitspraak octrooibureau grote tegenslag voor plantenveredelaars - Octrooieren van natuurlijke eigenschappen bevestigd

March 27, 2015

Scientist defends WHO group report linking herbicide to cancer (Reuters)

Bundesverband Deutscher Pflanzenzüchter übt Kritik an Entscheidung im Brokkoli Fall - Patentrecht wird unangemessen ausgeweitet – Zugang zu genetischer Diversität gefährdet 

March 26, 2015

Zimbabwe - Government urged recognises the rights of smallholder farmers to save, use and freely exchange indigenous seed varieties (The Herald)

Bean breakthrough bodes well for climate change challenge (The Guardian)

"We are all in the same boat: food production and food security under threat by climate change" (Talk by Sir Gordon Conway, Imperial College London)

Deutschland will Öko-Energien weltweit zum Durchbruch verhelfen (FAZ)

Contrary to popular opinion, business actors are less successful than citizen groups at lobbying EU legislators

March 25, 2015

Semilleros advierten que necesitan cobrar patentes para invertir en tecnología - Desde la Asociación de Semilleros Argentinos insisten en que se debe buscar un mecanismo para que haya una retribución y apuntan contra el Estado, que no fiscaliza (Cronista)

What happens when Big Data meets Big Ag? (Genetic Literacy Project)

American Seed Trade Association supports proposed resolution to patchwork of state labeling regulations

USA - GMO labeling bill would provide clarity with a national non-GMO label, says American Soybean Association

Australian “contamination” battle highlights divide over GMO-organic coexistence (Genetic Literacy Project)

Genetically modified crop industry continues to expand - New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends and consequences of genetically modified crops

Future of successful plant breeding in Europe takes centre stage at launch of action plans of the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ (Plant ETP)

March 24, 2015

Monsanto chief admits ‘hubris’ is to blame for public fears over GM (The Independent)

Australia - Organic farmer's GM appeal rests on 'duty of care' (farmonline)

South Australia's GM ban threatens export future (Stock Journal)

Saatgut aus dem Kriegsgebiet gerettet (Wochenblatt)

Is glyphosate–herbicide linked to GMOs–carcinogenic? Not if science matters (Genetic Literacy Project)

March Madness from the United Nations' World Health Organization: reclassification of glyphosate by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Why vertical farming could be on the verge of a revolution -- and what's keeping it down (Huffington Post)


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