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EU approves three biotech soybean traits

After a long delay, the European Union has approved three biotech soybean traits for import and processing, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council.
The stacked even ts are:
• Monsanto's Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (MON87708 x MON89788, with dicamba and glyphosate tolerance. It is approved in China and is being planted by U.S. farmers.) 
• Monsanto's Vistive Gold (MON87705 x MON89788, the product is high-oleic with glyphosate tolerance and is being grown by U.S. farmers to provide trans-fat free soybean oil for the food industry.
• Bayer CropScience's Balance GT (FG72, with isoxaflutole and glyphosate resistance. The product is a soybean being grown for seed increase multiplication with an expected commercial launch this fall.
"The EU's approval of these events is welcome news for U.S. soybean farmers," USSEC chairman Laura Foell, a soybean grower from Schaller, Iowa, said in a release. “We're happy that we can supply our European customers with a reliable supply of safe food.”
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