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Mexican court suspends Monsanto RR soybeans

A Mexican court has suspended the approval for planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready soybeans in one of seven states, national media report. The Second District Court of the state of Campeche found for several bee keeper and “indigenous groups” against the June authorisation for soybeans’ commercial planting on over 250,000 ha ( Agrow No 642, p 24). The ruling only affects Campeche state, but other applications are pending for the other six states, for which approval was granted, environmentalist group the Cemda says. The Court accepted the plaintiffs’ case that a suspension against “pilot” planting of the soybeans was in force from the Court of First Instance in Yucatan state. Pilot planting is an intermediate stage between field trials and commercial planting. The judge found that commercial authorisation could not be granted while that was in force.

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