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1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade 23.4.2017 AP Business
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports....
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1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade 23.4.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports. The lawsuits allege that Syngenta’s move wrecked an increasingly important […]
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Pruitt's Rejection of Chlorpyrifos Ban Seems Based on "Alternative Facts" 9.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
EPA chief Scott Pruitt fails to explain what data prompted his decision to allow continued use of toxic pesticides. (Photo: Pixabay ) The US Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump may have stepped into the brave new world of alternative facts. Last November, after several years of study, the EPA had  announced  that the insecticide chlorpyrifos poses an unacceptable risk to humans, especially children, when its residue is found in fruits, vegetables, and drinking water. The finding cited a 2014  Columbia University study  and other research showing that young people have suffered diminished cognitive abilities and reduced IQ after chronic exposures. This led the EPA to recommend a ban on all agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos -- by far the most heavily used insecticide in the US with  4 to 8 million pounds applied annually . On a pounds per acre basis, the  heaviest applications of chlorpyrifos  in the US have been on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where several large agribusiness have been ...
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Glyphosate: Health Concerns About the Most Widely Used Pesticide 5.4.2017 Truthout.com
Glyphosate is a synthetic herbicide patented in 1974 by the Monsanto Company, and now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products around the world. Glyphosate is best known as the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup branded herbicides. Here are some key facts about glyphosate: Most Widely Used Pesticide  According to a February 2016 study in  Environmental Sciences Europe , glyphosate is the  most widely used pesticide . "In the US, no pesticide has come remotely close to such intensive and widespread use," according to the study. Findings include: Americans have applied 1.8 million tons of glyphosate since its introduction in 1974. Worldwide 9.4 million tons of the chemical has been sprayed on fields -- enough to spray nearly half a pound of Roundup on every cultivated acre of land in the world. Globally, glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so-called "Roundup Ready," genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996. Cancer Concerns  In 2015, the ...
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Haier Group boss looks far beyond appliances 30.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Qingdao, China • After Haier Group bought the General Electric Co. appliance unit last year, the Chinese company’s chairman says he gave its American managers unusual orders: Ignore me. Zhang Ruimin built Haier from a failing refrigerator factory in the 1980s into the biggest maker of major appliances. Now, he is trying to transform a traditional manufacturer with 60,000 employees in 25 countries into a nimble, Internet Age seller of consumer goods and services from web-linked washing machines t...
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Cargill link to anti-GMO group spurs farmer criticism 29.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cargill Inc.’s efforts to supply food companies with non-genetically modified ingredients have come under attack from the other side of its business: farmers. In common with several other large agribusinesses, Cargill is adapting to a shift in consumer taste toward more products labeled non-GMO. And just like those companies, it too has agreed to allow the Non-GMO Project, a U.S. non-profit group, to verify some of its supplies to ensure they’re free of ingredients such as modified soy and corn.... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Behind a Corporate Monster: How Monsanto Pushes Agricultural Domination 19.3.2017 Truthout.com
A farmhand loads genetically modified corn seed into a planter on Bo Stone's farm in Rowland, North Carolina, April 20, 2016. (Photo: Jeremy M. Lange / The New York Times) Monsanto, one of the world's biggest pesticide and seed corporations and leading developer of genetically modified crop varieties, had a stock market value of US$66 billion in 2014. It has gained this position by a combination of deceit, threat, litigation, destruction of evidence, falsified data, bribery, takeovers and cultivation of regulatory bodies. Its rise and torrid controversies cover a long period starting with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, chemicals used as insulators for electrical transformers) in the 1940s and moving on to dioxin (a contaminant of Agent Orange used to defoliate Vietnam), glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH, a hormone injected into dairy cows to increase their milk production), and genetic modified organisms (GMOs). Its key aim in dealing with ...
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We're having the wrong argument about GMOs 7.2.2017 Washington Post
We're having the wrong argument about GMOs
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Why The Arctic Apple Means You May Be Seeing More GMOs At The Store 2.2.2017 NPR News
The fruit is one of the first GMOs to be marketed directly to consumers, not at farmers. It's headed to test markets this month. And it's a sign of how the science of genetic engineering is evolving.
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Genetically modified insects could disrupt international food trade 1.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Genetically modified organisms for pest control could end up as contaminants in agricultural products throughout the globe. 
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You'd Look Good in Designer Genes 1.2.2017 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Genetic engineering will soon make commercial bluejean production cheaper than ever.
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Grower hopes non-browning apple slices change shoppers' minds about GMOs 30.1.2017 TreeHugger
Supporters think the Arctic Apple will be a game changer - the first GMO to be marketed directly to consumers as convenience food.
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Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary Has ‘Bigly’ Ties to Big Ag and Big Food 27.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

In announcing his pick last week for Secretary of Agriculture, Trump heaped predictable praise on Sonny Perdue, promising that the former governor of Georgia will “deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

We predict that Perdue will indeed deliver “big” results—but he’ll deliver them to his friends in Big Food and Big Ag, not to America’s rural farmers, and surely not to America’s consumers.

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Genetically modified apple that never browns to hit stores 25.1.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
After years of development, protest and regulatory red tape, the first genetically modified, non-browning apples will soon go on sale in the United States. The fruit, sold sliced and marketed under the brand Arctic Apple, could hit a cluster of Midwestern grocery stores as early as Feb. 1. ...
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Can an apple that never browns change your mind about GMO foods? 24.1.2017 Washington Post
After years of development, protest and regulatory red tape, the first genetically modified, non-browning apples will soon go on sale in the United States.
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Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides 23.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton. The decision greenlights a more than 10-fold increase in use of the toxic pesticide, increasing risks to farmers, community health, and the ...
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Coming soon: Apples that never brown 20.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
For a select few apple lovers in the US, a Golden Delicious slice will no longer turn brown as the first genetically modified apples are expected to go on sale early next month.
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Here Is the Worst Anti-Science BS of 2016 28.12.2016 Mother Jones
Carolyn Kaster/AP 2016 was a year of remarkable scientific breakthroughs. A century after Albert Einstein proposed his general theory of relativity, researchers proved him right when, for the first time ever, they were able to observe gravitational waves produced by two black holes that collided 1.3 billion years ago. Astronomers discovered a potentially habitable planet just 4.3 light-years from Earth. And scientists even came up with a good reason to put a bunch of adorable dogs in an MRI machine. Unfortunately, there was a lot of anti-science nonsense this year, too—much of it from our political leaders. On issues ranging from climate change to criminal justice, our president-elect was a notable offender. But some of his rivals joined in as well. So did his nominees. And Congress. And members of the media. Here, in no particular order, are some of the most appalling examples. You can let us know in the comments which one you think is the worst. Hurricane Matthew Truthers In early October, as Hurricane ...
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Simple mosquito killers are the new buzz in Gates Foundation’s malaria battle 23.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Vaccines and genetic engineering grab the spotlight, but the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s quiet funding for simple, new mosquito controls could be about to pay off in the effort to eradicate malaria.
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Victory! GE Mosquitoes Will Not Be Let Loose on Florida Community 8.12.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will not move forward with the controversial release of millions of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in the community of Key Haven in Monroe County, Florida. The release of the GE mosquitoes would have been the first-ever in the United States, but FDA failed to conduct adequate testing for potential impacts to people, threatened and endangered species, and the ...
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