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Agriculture

Crying fowl: McDonald's ditching antibiotic-stuffed chicken
McDonald’s has announced it will stop buying chickens raised on human antibiotics within the next two years. The company will also start offering hormone-free milk and cheese. Nothing has yet been mentioned about beef products.

04.03.2015 21:09

​Olive tree-killing bacteria may spread across Europe
A bacteria affecting olive trees in Italy may soon spread to other olive oil-producing countries of southern Europe, industry officials warn. The blight came from the Americas and is aggravating an already bad harvest for Italian olive growers.

28.02.2015 13:59

​‘Values, not science’: British MPs attack EU anti-GM policy, demand power to regulate
British MPs want powers to regulate genetically-modified (GM) crops, deeming current EU law “not fit for purpose.”

26.02.2015 09:49

‘Stark choice’: Britain will import 50% of food by 2040, farmers union warns
The UK will be importing more than half of its food supplies within a decade due to a growing population and stagnating farm productivity, farming leaders have warned.

24.02.2015 15:24

Midwestern landowners, tenants at odds after farm boom tapers off
With grain prices dipping after several years of escalation and net farm income down by nearly a third in 2014, land-renting farmers in the Midwestern United States are left in a bind as landowners seek payments by March 1.

23.02.2015 15:49

​‘Wild-eyed and obsessive’: Jewish group challenges call for ritual slaughter ban
A Jewish organization in the UK has accused the British Veterinary Association (BVA) of being “negligent, obsessed and politically driven” for pursuing a campaign against religious slaughter.

23.02.2015 13:56

GM apples that resist browning approved by US govt
GMO apples that resist browning have been approved as safe to eat, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), rebuffing efforts by the anti-GMO lobby to reject the fruit.

13.02.2015 20:28

GMO labeling bill to face stiff agribusiness opposition after reintroduction in Congress
A federal bill that would mandate the accurate labeling of genetically-engineered ingredients in food or beverages sold in the US has been revived in Congress, the latest for the popular “right to know” movement that faces formidable corporate opposition.

13.02.2015 15:17

Moscow & Cairo to drop USD, use national currencies in bilateral trade – Putin
Russia and Egypt might soon exclude the US dollar and use their national currencies in the settlement of accounts in bilateral trade, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview to Egyptian media ahead of his Monday visit to the country.

08.02.2015 22:49

Monsanto’s Roundup system threatens extinction of monarch butterflies - report
Monsanto’s Roundup Ready system – a potent herbicide combined with genetically-modified seeds that can withstand it – has decimated the monarch butterfly’s only source of food in the Midwest, putting it on the edge of extinction, according to a new study.

05.02.2015 15:09

​‘Collateral damage’: MEP says UKIP ritual slaughter ban ‘not aimed at Jews’
Nigel Farage’s decision to back a ban on slaughtering animals without stunning them was not aimed at Jews but was meant to target ‘others’, a UKIP MEP sought to clarify.

04.02.2015 12:23

‘GM is safe, green groups are not being honest’ – ex-EU scientist
Environmental campaigners are not being “honest” in their arguments against genetically modified (GM) crops, the former chief scientific adviser to the European Commission has said.

03.02.2015 14:59