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American Farmers Are Getting Angry over GE Crops

Genetic Contamination & Unavailability of Non-GE Seeds Anger North Dakota
Farmers

Genetic Beans Giving Farmers More Headaches. Difficulty
Finding GM-free Seeds.

Bismark (North Dakota) Tribune, 20 March 2001
http://208.141.36.73/listarchive/index.cfm?list_id=30 (See 3/22
listing). BY Jerry W. Kram.

Excerpts: Wiley was informed that his sample had tested positive for
genetically modified varieties. The level of contamination was 1.37
percent, which was too much for the Japanese. 'I was stunned and
sick to my stomach,' Wiley said. 'I finally went into the house to tell
my wife we had just lost $ 6,000 because of a neighbor's planting
decision.' Other producers who sell into markets that prohibit or
severely restrict the use of genetically modified crops are having
a hard time finding seed. Donald Vig, an organic farmer from
Valley City, said he has talked to seed suppliers as far away as
California and cannot find seed guaranteed to be free of foreign genes.
'The organic industry has a zero tolerance for genetically modified
crops,' Vig said. Rodney Nelson, a farmer from Amenia, is also looking
for soybean seed free of genetically modified varieties. Nelson is being
sued by Monsanto, producer of Roundup Ready soybeans, for growing their
variety of soybeans without buying seed from the company. "I want
soybean seed that's guaranteed not to contain genetically engineered
material,' Nelson said. 'When I asked my seed dealer for a guarantee, he
laughed at me..."
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Indiana Farmers Getting the Bad News on Biotech

www.DirectAg.com articles. 3/23/2001, or
http://www.directag.com/directag/news/article.jhtml?article_id=1000991

Why Didn't You Warn Me About GMO's? Excerpts:

"I came here this morning feeling pretty good," the farmer continued.
"But now you've got me very concerned about where we're going to sell
our GMO-crops in the future. It's not right that you let us all get
hooked growing these GMO-crops and now tell us that maybe we should be
growing something else."

Tom Bechman, Indiana Prairie Farmer, a Farm Progress Publication.
Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen didn't mince words when he
addressed the issue of genetic modified organisms (GMO's) and the
controversy still swirling throughout agriculture due to the StarLink Bt
debacle last fall. He warned farmers that while the long-term potential
for great benefits from biotechnology still existed, the short-term
fall-out could actually make life more difficult, and perhaps even less
profitable, for farmers who didn't manage carefully in the short term.
When he finished his talk at the Wayne County Conservation Tillage
Workshop in Richmond, Ind., one farmer in the crowd was quick about not
mincing words, either.

"Why didn't you tell us about all of these
potential negatives a long time ago," he questioned, sharply. "Where
have you been for the last two or three years? "I came here this morning
feeling pretty good," the farmer continued. "But now you've got me very
concerned about where we're going to sell our GMO-crops in the future.
It's not right that you let us all get hooked growing these GMO-crops
and now tell us that maybe we should be growing something else." While
Nielsen is never at a loss for words, he did acknowledge that the farmer
had a point. But it wasn't just Nielsen who didn't see the controversy
coming. He contended that it was all of agriculture, plus the media and
even regulatory officials. "Six months ago, hardly anyone in Indiana
even knew what StarLink was," Nielsen says. "It was barely a blip on the
radar screen."...

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