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By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - When Monsanto Co. introduced the world to genetically modified crops a decade ago, the biotech advancement was heralded as the dawn of a new era that could reduce world hunger, help the environment and bolster struggling farmers.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China, the world's top grower of genetically modified (GMO) cotton, has approved commercialising a new hybrid variety, which should help the country cut its production shortfall in the commodity, a government scientist said on Monday.
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Monsanto Co., already a world powerhouse in biotech crops, is shaking up the swine industry with plans to patent pig-breeding techniques and lay claim to the animals born as a result.
A trade group overseeing a partnership to unlock corn's genetic code said Monday the effort has gained "critical momentum," with more than 120 researchers already having accessed a searchable Web database created last year to hasten development of biotech crops.
Monsanto Co. (MON)'s "seed police" snared soy farmer Homan McFarling in 1999, and the company is demanding he pay it hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged technology piracy. McFarling's sin? He saved seed from one harvest and replanted it the following season, a revered and ancient agricultural practice.
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