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News Flash: May 14, 2015

INDUSTRY

Food industry groups appeal GMO law ruling

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Snack Food Association filed appeals against the Vermont GMO labeling law in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. The case is being referred to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit. Vermont Attorney General, Bill Sorrell, stated his confidence in the appeal to not delay the litigation of the federal case. Burlington Free Press

BIOFUEL

At the gas pump, U.S. biofuel lobby scores a point against big oil

Biofuel producers may have made a small impression in big oil’s formidable defenses as the battle between oil refiners and the U.S. farm lobby over the future of ethanol fuel has been a lengthy battle. Two privately held retailers, Kum & Go and Sheetz, have been the first significant chains to announce their plans to begin selling E15, a gasoline with 15% ethanol. The two retailers plan to add E15 at 125 station pumps, over doubling the number of U.S. outlets offering cheaper fuel with higher ethanol content. The standard blend E10 contains 10% ethanol. If retailers continue to add these blends to their stations, there will be an estimated 1,300 stations offering E15 in the next five years. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

CANOLA

US soybeans no threat to Aus canola

According to Australian industry insiders, if the European Union market goes through with opening up to genetically modified soybeans, including those produced in North America, Australia’s canola trade with the EU is not likely to be effected. Executive Director of the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF), Nick Goddard, points out the different uses and applications of canola and soybeans. “Canola’s oil percentage is much higher than soybeans, meaning canola is more likely to be used in biodiesel, while the soybean meal for feedstock is important when buying that product,” said Nick Goddard. Goddard also believes the decision will not impact European oilseed consumption. The European Union has now approved seventeen GM traits for import, including end-use and agronomic traits. StockandLand

CORN

Managing Glyphosate Resistance May Sustain Its Efficacy and Increase Long-Term Returns to Corn and Soybean Production

Glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, has been the most widely used pesticide in the United States since 2001 due to its effectiveness and cost efficiency. Crop producers use this product to manage weeds on entire fields with varieties of corn, cotton, soybeans and other crops. Recent surveys suggest the amount of crops still cooperating with glyphosates weed resistance is decreasing and glyphosate is becoming less effective. Many growers have reported to switching to herbicides versus glyphosates or to increase the amount of glyphosates used. USDA

PALM

European 100% sustainable palm oil target is realistic, says RSPO

Europe aims to reach 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) by 2020. RSPO believes this is a significant challenge, but one that is achievable with company and national commitments.  Barriers include additional costs, little time, lack of resources, and credibility challenges. According to Danielle Morley, European Director of outreach and engagement at RSPO, many large companies have already committed to 100% CSPO and many continue to move towards this goal. Food Navigator

SOYBEAN

Plant breeder boosts soybean diversity, develops soybean rust-resistant plant

After decades of work, research geneticist Ram Singh, Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois-Champaign, has crossed a popular soybean variety with a related wild perennial plant to produce the first fertile soybean plants resistant to soybean rust, soybean cyst nemotode, and other pathogens of soy. Singh introduced the trait attributes in 1983 followed by a number of experiments. The majority of hybrid plant variations have produced only sterile plants in the past. Singh chose Glycine Tomentella for these experiments due to its immunity to soybean rust and soybean cyst nematode. Soybean breeders now have access to new soybean lineages with the traits of wild Australian plants. Eurekalert