Gavilon wants industry to deal with unapproved GMO crops
Cargill Inc, the largest exporter of U.S. grain, has said it will not accept Duracade corn for shipment overseas because it is not approved by major importers. ADM went a step further with plans to reject crops containing Duracade for domestic processing or export.
On Friday, Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Michigan's largest grain handler, became the latest operation to say it will decline the variety in 2014. It can be difficult to segregate different varieties of grain from one another because they are often harvested, transported and stored together.
"We have determined it is in the best interest of U.S. agriculture - farmers, elevators, processors, and exporters - to discourage the production of this variety," Michigan Agricultural Commodities said in a statement.
The National Grain and Feed Association and North American Export Grain Association have unsuccessfully lobbied Syngenta to suspend the commercial use of Duracade and MIR 162 in the United States until China and other export markets have granted regulatory approval.
Duracade already has approval from buyers including Mexico, South Korea and Japan.
Corn containing Duracade will be planted on 250,000 to 300,000 acres this spring and be harvested in the autumn, according to information Syngenta has provided to the U.S. trade associations. Corn was planted on 95.4 million acres in the United States last year.
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