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News Flash: October 22, 2015


EU lawmakers reject bill allowing opt-out from GM crop imports
European lawmakers rejected a proposal on Tuesday that would have allowed countries to restrict or ban the use of imported GM crops that have secured EU approval. The Environment Committee of the European Parliament rejected the draft law by 47 votes to three, many arguing that the proposal was unworkable and would lead to the reintroduction of border controls. The bill was designed to mirror legislation that allows member countries to opt out of using genetically modified crops that have been approved for cultivation in the European Union. Reuters

 Industry asks to Europe to legislate against trans fats in open letter
An open letter from major manufacturers including Nestlé and Mondelēz has called on the European Commission to legislate an EU-wide limit for the amount of industrially produced trans fats in foods. The call, which sees health NGOs including the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the European Heart Network (EHN) join forces with The European Consumer Rights Organisation (BEUC) and four major international food companies (Mars, Kellogg’s, Mondelez, and Nestle), asks for legislation that would limit the level of trans fatty acids (TFAs) in foods to a maximum of 2 grams per 100 grams in a bid to reduce the negative impact of the unhealthy fats on heart disease risk. Food Navigator

NOAA: Thanks to El Nino, the US looks pretty wet this winter
El Nino this winter will leave a big wet but not necessarily snowy footprint on much of the United States, including parched California, forecasters said Thursday. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration issued its winter forecast and “the driver of this winter’s outlook is El Nino,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. El Nino changes weather worldwide, mostly affecting the United States in winter. The weather pattern happens every few years when the Pacific Ocean warms up around the equator. This year’s is one of the strongest El Ninos on record. Associated Press


How do Crude Oil Prices Affect Feed Prices?
As more oilseeds and vegetable oils have been diverted into biofuels over the last 15 years, the fluctuations of oil prices have been matched by movements in vegetable oil and oilseed prices. Speaking at the Agricultural and Horticultural Board’s Grain Market conference in London on Wednesday (14 October), Julian McGill from LMC International said that a transformation occurred in vegetable oil markets because of biofuels policy. He said that until 2002 the harvested area of oilseeds and vegetable oils had remained static, but had risen sharply as vegetable oils started to be blended for biofuels – maize for ethanol in the US and soy oil and rapeseed oil for biodiesel. The Poultry Site


GM-free canola market ‘at risk’
The GM-Free Farmers Group, representing around 150 WA broadacre farmers, raised the alarm after GM canola, which is resistant to the popular herbicide glyphosate, was found growing on road verges at Mundaring, Kewdale, Mandogalup (near Kwinana) and two Maddington sites. All plants tested GM positive. Many were flowering and most had fully-formed pods, meaning they could create more seed. The affected sites were along the main trucking routes to the Kwinana port and were the likely result from spillages of the tiny seeds during transport, the GM-Free Farmers Group said. Conservation Council of WA spokesman Nic Dunlop said this highlighted challenges to the State’s policy of keeping GM and non-GM canola separate for export markets. “The reality shows the GM canola is not being contained and GM volunteers can emerge a great distance away from where the crops are planted,” Dr Dunlop said. The West Australian


Bin-busting corn, bean harvests on tap
Growers both in Wisconsin and the United States as a whole, were, as of mid-September, anticipating super-sized crops of corn and soybeans and potentially earlier-than-usual harvests to boot. “Expectations are starting to mount for a really good corn crop,” said Eau Claire County agricultural agent Mark Hagedorn, tossing around an anticipated, 180-bushel, average corn yield for his northwestern Wisconsin county this year, when 120 to 140 bushels in a good year is a little-bit-more-expected. Agri-View


Palm Oil imports by India jump for ninth month as festivals loom
Palm oil purchases by India climbed for a ninth month as traders and refiners increased shipments to meet an expected surge in demand during festivals. Imports jumped 12% to 783,734 metric tons in September from a year earlier, the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday. That was less than the 800,000 tons median estimate in a Bloomberg survey published this week. Total vegetable oil purchases, including those for industrial use, climbed 16% to 1.22 million tons, while shipments in the 11 months through September surged 22% to a record 12.9 million tons, it said. Live Mint


ADM’s investment in GM free soy crushing will motivate farmers, says Danube Soya
ADM’s move to invest in soybean crushing capacity in Germany will incentivize more farmers to grow GM free soy, says the not-for-profit group behind ‘sustainable’ soy production in the Danube region. Last week saw Archer Daniel Midland Company (ADM) announce plans to invest its rapeseed crushing facility in Straubing in Germany to add switch capacity in order for it to process soy beans sourced from farmers in Bavaria, Baden Wurttemberg, and Upper Austria. Feed Navigator