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Agriculture

French parliament bans genetically modified maize
France’s lower house of parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting genetically modified (GM) maize from being grown, citing environmental concerns. The law can be applied to any GM strain that is adopted at EU level.

15.04.2014 19:41

​US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains – industry report
China’s rejection of shipments of US corn containing traces of unapproved genetically modified maize has caused a significant drop in exports. According to a new report, US traders have lost $427 million in sales.

12.04.2014 10:37

Scientists discover how to make ethanol using just water and CO2
Scientists at Stanford University in the state of California say they’ve developed a procedure for making potent liquid ethanol that doesn’t rely on corn or any other crops traditionally involved in the process.

10.04.2014 18:43

​Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs
Monsanto and five other top agrochemical companies have donated a combined $455,000 to defeat an Oregon county ballot initiative that would restrict the growth of genetically-modified crops in area farms.

07.04.2014 21:50

​Koch ally to introduce Monsanto-backed bill to bar state GMO labeling laws
Rep. Mike Pompeo will introduce legislation backed by powerful trade groups to prevent states from passing laws requiring the labeling of genetically-modified foods, according to reports. The bill is linked to biotech giant Monsanto and Koch Industries.

04.04.2014 03:13

Half of European bumblebees in decline, quarter face extinction – study
Almost one-quarter of European crops’ vital pollinators – bumblebees – could die out in the coming years, as half of the species are declining, a new study says. Citing human factor and climate change, it warns of “serious implications” for agriculture.

02.04.2014 16:47

​Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks
Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.

27.03.2014 21:13

Native Americans fight to ban marijuana in a quarter of Washington state
The Yakama Nation tribe of Native Americans is ramping up its efforts to ensure a new law legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington state won’t apply on ancestral land.

25.03.2014 16:37

​GMO labeling effort in Colorado scores win in state Supreme Court
An effort to put a ballot initiative in front of Colorado voters regarding the labeling of genetically modified foods was allowed to proceed after the state Supreme Court dismissed a challenge by biotech and food industry outfits.

19.03.2014 21:57

French government bans GM maize MON 810
France’s agricultural ministry on Saturday banned the sale, use and cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically modified maize MON 810, after France highest court twice previously struck down similar measures.

15.03.2014 18:30

UN warns world must produce 60% more food by 2050 to avoid mass unrest
Political turmoil, social unrest, civil war and terrorism could all be on the table unless the world boosts its food production by 60 percent come mid-century, the UN’s main hunger fighting agency has warned.

10.03.2014 09:54

​Monsanto's Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests
A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.

26.02.2014 20:55

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