A new soya (soybean, Glycine max) has been approved for growing in Europe. It’s a genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) crop called MON87769 from the chemical and biotech giant Monsanto. This new crop has been engineered to adjust the fatty acid content of its seeds. Here’s a report about MON87769 by Nathan Gray at Food Navigator and here’s the approval from the European Food Safety Authority.
But let’s not get carried away. Soya MON87769 could fail as BASF’s potato (Solanum tuberosum) Amflora failed.
[Edit] Monsanto’s soya MON87769 isn’t the only GM soya submitted for approval. There’s also Dow’s 2,4-D resistant soya called DAS-44406-6. The six main biotech giants (BASF, Bayer, Dow, Dupont, Monsanto and Syngenta) fight for control of the business opportunities of farming.
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Monsanto is a plague… just my opinion.
Not just yours! https://argylesock.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/whos-the-most-hated-company-monsanto/