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Cargill Moves to Begin Segregating and Selling Non-GE Grains

Web Note: While Cargill and other big grain processors continue to
downplay the increasing global demand for non-biotech grain, they are
meanwhile devoting more and more resources to segregating and supplying
overseas and US buyers who are demanding certified non-genetically
engineered grain.

9/29/00
Cargill Approves Corn Varieties for its Non-GMO Brand
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(29 September - Cropchoice News) -- Cargill is jumping deeper into the
identity preserved corn market with a new non-GMO corn ingredients brand
produced by an Illinois subsidiary. Called "Innovasure", the new non-GMO
operation is based at Cargill's Illinois Cereal Mills. To reassure buyers
that its products won't be GMO contaminated, Innovasure says it will go to
"excruciating lengths" to supply non-GMO corn.

Most interesting for producers, whether or not they are selling to
Cargill, is that Innovasure is publishing details about its approved
non-GMO contaminated seed varieties and testing process.

Cargill contracted with 400 growers before publicly announcing Innovasure.
The brand has a website, www.innovasure.com, that explains the basics of
their IP system to potential customers. Innovasure will use mills in
Paris, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Liverpool, UK. The Illinois
mill focuses on ingredients for cereals, snack foods, and brewing, while
the Indiana operation produces masa flour for tortillas, tacos, and corn
chips.

The most interesting item for producers is a list of approved corn
varieties for 2000-2001 planting. According to Cargill, the approved
varieties list was developed by sampling more than 1,000 hybrids, biotech
testing by independent labs, and "carefully evaluat[ing] seed company
procedures." The hard starched corn varieties Cargill tested and approved
for planting by Innovasure growers (mainly Illinois and Indiana-based) are
the following:

108 days maturity: Pioneer 34k77 , Dekalb 579

110 days maturity, Gutwein 2588, Pioneer 34w67

112 days maturity, Pioneer 33g26, Pioneer 33y18, Trisler 5313, Great Heart
HT3422, Callahan 6340

113 days maturity, AgriGold 6527, Pioneer 33j24, Beck 6727, Cargill 7110.

Cargill's latest parlay into non-GMO comes at time when it and other big
grain processors continue to downplay the demand for non-biotech grain.
But like ADM and ConAgra, Cargill is making moves into the non-GMO market
even as they suggest it is unimportant.

Source: Cargill, Innovasure

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