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Editorial: Should Products Made with GM Ingredients be Labelled?

The debate over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is heating up in the US, as activists push for labelling requirements, which would inform consumers if they are eating products derived from GM ingredients.

In November 2012, Californians will vote on a measure that could see California become the first US state to require that food sold by manufacturers containing ingredients from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be appropriately labelled.

Similar legislation has previously failed in 19 states, however, this will be the first time that the public will vote.

The proposers argue that California consumers have the right to know whether the foods they purchase are produced using genetic engineering, with the initiative being called the: "California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act".

A coalition of opposition, called No on 37, has described the proposition as a deceptive, deeply flawed food labelling scheme that would add more government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, create new frivolous lawsuits and increase food costs by billions — without providing any health or safety benefits.

Those supporting the proposition see it as being transparent with the consumer, whilst claiming that the health risks of GM food are unclear. In fact, the overwhelming majority of the scientific community, including the World Health Organisation and the National Academy of Sciences, agrees that foods made using GM ingredients are safe.

In 2011, over 80 per cent of corn and 90 per cent of soybeans grown in the US were from genetically engineered seeds. This fact alone should spell out how big an affect this legislation could have on the US agri-food industry.

Donations towards No on 37 have been flowing in from around the country, with Monsanto reportedly donating over $4 million. Other agri-businesses including DuPont, Dow AgriSciences, Bayer and BASF have all made contributions, along with food manufacturers including PepsiCo, Kellogs and Cargill among others.

Opponents have raised over $25 million to date.

With GMOs being somewhat unpopular in other parts of the world, the US and other parts of the Americas have always been seen as leading the way on GM.

However, there are wider industry concerns that should this law be passed in California, other states may impose similar legislation.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Clinical Findings and Treatment in Cattle with Caecal Dilatation
Caecal dilatation can usually be diagnosed in cattle based on clinical findings and treated conservatively or surgically, according to researchers at the University of Zurich, with hypocalcaemia the most common lab finding. They recommend surgery in cases of suspected caecal torsion or retroflexion.
Beef Production Strategies During Drought
As the weeks continue to pass without any significant rain in the Midwest, it is getting increasingly difficult to find feed for livestock, said University of Illinois assistant professor of animal sciences Dan Shike.
The Battle for Cattle
Iowa Beef Centre looks at who will feed cattle in the future. With drought forcing more cattle to feedlots and high grain prices, efficiency and economy of size and scale play an increasingly important role.
Impacts of Farming Intensification on Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
At a recent meeting, FAO experts voiced concern that wildlife species are increasingly at risk from the expansion and intensification of agricultural production, which appropriates habitat and exposes wildlife and livestock to one another’s diseases.
Biofilters for Odour and Air Pollution Mitigation
Researchers from the University of Minnesota discuss biofilter use, design and performance factors.
Cow Signals Training Books
* Market Reports

 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - August 2012
 » USDA Cattle on Feed - August 2012
 » Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - June 2012
 » United States and Canadian Cattle Inventory Down 2 Percent

* Company News

Breedback of 90 Per Cent with Copasure Herd
US - Cow fertility on a Californian ranch has improved since the herd was bolused with Copasure.
BIOMIN at AGRENA 2012 in Egypt
EGYPT - This year’s edition of the poultry exhibition AGRENA was held a few days after Egypt’s first elections in almost three decades. Salman Abbas (Area Manager, BIOMIN) represented BIOMIN at this exhibition at the booth of Dakahlia – BIOMIN’s distributor in Egypt.
CID Lines at OKRA Show in Finland
UK - CID LINES was present on the OKRA show near Turku, Finland, through the stand of PJ FArms, our Finnish distributor.
Biomin.net Now Available in French
FRANCE - BIOMIN has now launched a French version of the corporate website www.biomin.net.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Viet Nam

 » Livestock Gets Support to Overcome Difficulties

   Philippines

 » Nationwide Census on Agriculture to Take Place

   Australia

 » Increase Profits Through Pasture Utilisation
 » Australian Beef Values Increase
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Brewer's Grain Reduces Methane Emissions in Cattle
 » Indonesia May Import Cattle from Brazil, India

   Ireland

 » Nutrient Wheel Offers Grassland and Crop Advice
 » Bad Weather Causes Problems for Irish Producers

   United Kingdom

 » Morrisons Help Farmers Choose Right Renewables
 » Rise in Incidence of Blackleg Cases in Scotland
 » Livestock 2012: Minister to Open Event
 » New President for Yorkshire Ag Society
 » Inclusion of Yeast in Diet Increases Bull Beef Returns

   United States

 » Corn Ethanol Waiver - Effect on Corn Prices Uncertain
 » Further Cases of Anthrax in Colorado
 » Lung Adhesions Costing Feedyard Profits
 » CME: Domestic Meat Demand a Mixed Bag
 » USDA Seeks Grants to Help Producers Increase Value
 » Industry Continues to Lobby for Ethanol Waiver
 » CME: Would RFS Waiver Affect Corn Prices?
 » Caution when Feeding Treated Soybeans
 » Producer Decision Time for Cattle Restocking
 » Outlook: Hope Holds Out for Pasture Improvement
 » Farmers Persevere Through Drought
 » Low-Interest Emergency Loans Available
 » Drought Pushes Mexican Feeder Cattle into US
 » Drought Affects Prices and Herd Expansion
 » CME: Cattle in Feedlots as Expected
 » Get Creative with Feed Options
 » Lean Finely Textured Beef : Demand Drops
 » Rationing the 2012 US Soybean Crop
 » Prepping Pastures for Next Year
 » Comment Period Open on Renewable Fuel Waiver
 » CME: Beef Prices Have Rallied Sharply
 » Hereford Launches Genomic-Enhanced EPDs
 » Should Products Made with GM Ingredients be Labelled?
 » California Slaughterhouse Suspended for Abuse
 » FDA Approves Pulmotil, Rumensin Feed Combination
 » Study to Assess Emissions Impact of Corn Ethanol

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   European Union

 » Mercosur Turmoil Means Further Delays Inevitable
 » Future Developments in the Milk Sector

   Switzerland

 » Schmallenberg Hits Switzerland

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Aims for World Leading Animal Welfare

   Global

 » JBS Reports Strong Performance by Mercosul Group
 » Adverse Weather Takes it Toll on Producers
 » Coming Soon: New Info, New Look, New App

   Brazil

 » BRF Issues Statement on Marfrig Brand Acquisitions

   Korea, South

 » Korean Cattle Herd Reaches Record High

   Argentina

 » Argentina Beef Exports at 10-year Low

   Canada

 » Livestock Species and Diet Influence Manure
 » Meeting the Greatest Global Farming Challenge
 » Research to Replace Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

   Germany

 » German Meat Production Down Slightly

   Israel

 » Eight Cattle Die from Anthrax in Israel

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Bans Swiss Cattle After Schmallenberg

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan to Allow Ractopamine Beef Imports



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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