Environmentalists and anglers have joined to take the government to court, accusing Defra and the Environment Agency of failing to protect aquatic habitats, which they are required to do under EU law.
Monsanto has announced that it will no longer pursue Swiss rival Syngenta after the company rejected a third bid by Monsanto this week.
Scientists fearing that budget cuts will affect research into sustainable agriculture have called for public support for agroecology, which they say has a proven track record of meeting farming challenges.
German ministers' announcement that they plan to ban the cultivation of GM crops has been welcomed by Scottish MSPs, following the Scottish Government's recent announcement on GM.
Monsanto has reportedly upped its offer for Swiss agro-chemical giant Syngenta.