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IAASTD - Monsanto & Syngenta withdraw from the assessment

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Date: 18/01/2008

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Two major industrial members of the assessment coalition Monsanto & Syngenta (member corporations of the agriculture-industry body CropLife International) have withdrawn from the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) project. According to the spokesman for CropLife this decision was prompted by "the inability of its members to get industry perspectives reflected in the draft reports". The credibility of an important scientific assessment is under threat. Monsanto and Syngenta must join the meetings again before the final report is to appear in April 2008. (Source: Nature, 17 January 2008)

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