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Feb 11, 2010

Monsanto's Release of New Smartstax GM Corn Seeds A Challenge

The Des Moines Register reports that Monsanto has stated that receiving approval in time for marketing this spring of its new Smartstax Corn "is a challange."

The new smartstax corn seeds are gene-modified (GM) so that several new gene traits are "stacked" or introduced into one corn seed.  In the case of Monsanto's new Genuity™ SmartStax™ corn seed line, the seed are gene-engineered for herbide tolerance (HT) and insect tolerance (BT).  Given these combined traits, Monsanto has requested approval from the U.S. government to reduce refuge requirements. This would allow farmers to increase their yields.

According to Monsanto, they are bring this new "stacked" refuge-reduction technology to market two years ahead of competition.  Approval is expected in 2010.

For more see: Pillar, Dan. “Monsanto Release of New Seeds a ‘Challenge’.” Des Moines Register, 11 Feb. 2010.

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