We are posting later today the statement I will present tomorrow in
Chicago, June 18, 1999, at the EPA-USDA meeting on Bt-transgenic corn and
European corn borer resistance management. This critical meeting frames
the issues EPA must decide in the next six months or so on the future of
Bt-crops in the U.S. All Bt-corn varieties are approved for use only
through crop season 2000. Seed for that year is being produced this year.
The key condition set forth by EPA when these varieties were approved was
that by April 2001 there must be in place a proven, science-based IRM, or
insect resistance management plan. See the various statements made at the
Chicago meeting for current views regarding whether that condition has or
will be met.
In the next few days, we will release via the webpage a new analysis of
Roundup Ready yield drag data for crop year 1998.
We welcome any suggestions for the new website. Please alert others who
might be interested in this new resource.
Charles Benbrook 208-263-5236 (voice)
Benbrook Consulting Services 208-263-7342 (fax)
5085 Upper Pack River Road firstname.lastname@example.org [e-mail]
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 http://www.pmac.net
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