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Agriculture

Monsanto fined $600k by EPA for uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals
Monsanto has agreed to pay the US government $600,000 for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled toxic chemical releases from its Idaho phosphate plant. The releases in Soda Springs occurred between 2006 and 2009.

27.03.2015 20:38

​Monsanto lobbyist claims 'safe to drink a quart of pesticide' – but bolts when offered a glass (VIDEO)
A lobbyist for Monsanto claimed that it was safe to drink “a quart” of the company’s Roundup pesticide, but pointedly refused to try even a sip when offered a glass during an interview with French TV before storming off the set.

27.03.2015 16:22

Mexican farmworkers strike as millions of dollars worth of crops rot
More than 50,000 Mexican farmworkers are striking in Baja California, violently demonstrating against low pay, abuses and poor working conditions. As millions of dollars worth of crops rot in the fields, protest leaders are set to meet with growers.

25.03.2015 21:10

Meat demand sparks dramatic rise in antibiotic use – report
Demand for meat across the world has caused a sharp increase in farmers’ use of antibiotics, with China and the United States at the top of the list. The use of antimicrobial drugs is projected to rise drastically by 2030.

23.03.2015 23:41

Gluten-free wheat? Research aims to create new grains amid rise of celiac disease
Kansas farmers are funding a genetic research project aimed at developing gluten-free grains, as an increasing number of Americans are being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition preventing them from safely digesting wheat, barley and rye.

23.03.2015 21:45

Feces to fortune: US sewage may contain billions in precious metals
Scientists are perusing poop at America’s wastewater treatment facilities for gold, silver, copper and other useful metals. The sewage from one million people could net $13 million in metals each year, all while making fertilizer more efficient.

23.03.2015 20:35

FDA approves GMO apples, potatoes that don’t bruise or brown as being safe to eat
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved apples and potatoes which are resistant to bruises and don’t go brown as safe to eat. Consumer and environmental groups are concerned that such products could have unknown risks to human health.

22.03.2015 20:09

Buzzing off! 1 in 10 wild bees faces extinction in Europe, study warns
Nearly 10 percent of some 2,000 species of European wild bees face extinction, says a recent study, adding that the drivers behind such a mass disappearance of nature’s top pollinators include the use of insecticides, fertilizers, and climate change.

21.03.2015 13:22

‘Thou shall not indulge in steaks’: Indian state to hand out 3-yr jail terms for beef sales
The parliament of Haryana state in northern India has banned the slaughter of cows and sale of beef in a unanimous vote. The law imposes both a fine and a rigorous imprisonment term ranging from three years to 10 years for killing the animal.

17.03.2015 17:08

On Russia’s anti-crisis measures
Given the negative trend in Russia’s economy caused by many factors, such as the fall in oil prices and sanctions, the Russian government has agreed the "Priority Action Plan for the sustainable development of the economy and social stability in 2015".

16.03.2015 09:10

GMO labeling bill gets another shot in Rhode Island
A bill has been introduced in the Rhode Island Legislature that would require labeling of any genetically-engineered ingredients in food consumed by humans.

09.03.2015 15:38

‘Ag gag’ law criminalizing documentation of farming abuses passed in Wyoming
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has signed into law legislation designed to crack down on whistleblowers and journalists, or “trespassers,” who attempt to document without permission food safety or animal welfare violations on private property.

06.03.2015 18:53