You (And Your Kids) Are The Guinea Pigs: US Agriculture Department Approval For Broad Use Of Genetically Modified Soybean Seen As Opening Salvo In Biotech War Between DuPont And Monsanto

Thursday, June 10, 2010
By Paul Martin

As U.S. Approves GM Soybean, DuPont and Monsanto Gird for Cooking-Oil War


The Agriculture Department will approve for broad use tomorrow a genetically modified soybean engineered to contain healthier oils, the opening salvo in a biotech oil fight between DuPont Co. and its rival, Monsanto Co.

The high-oleic soybean, developed by DuPont and pending deregulation since 2006, is one of the first in a wave of bioengineered cash crops that are being altered for nutritional purposes. Currently, nearly all biotech crops grown in the United States have been altered for resistance to weedkiller or insects, traits that are rarely felt by consumers or commercial businesses.

The USDA deregulation is the “final step” in the approval process for Dupont’s soybean, which has already been approved in Canada and Mexico, said Bridget Anderson, a spokeswoman for Pioneer Hi-Bred, DuPont’s biotech seed business. The crop and its oil will continue commercial testing this year and should be ready for global use by 2012, she added.

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