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Oct 21, 2015

U.S. Senate committee set to examine GMO labeling law

Oct 21 (Reuters) – The battle over whether states can
mandate that food containing genetically engineered crops must
be labeled moves to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

The hearing in the Senate agriculture committee comes after
the U.S. House of Representatives in July passed a measure that
would block any mandatory GMO labeling by states and instead set
a national voluntary standard.

Oct 20, 2015

Monsanto asks California to pull plan to list herbicide as cancer cause

Oct 20 (Reuters) – A plan by California environmental
officials to list a commonly used herbicide as cancer-causing
should be withdrawn, Monsanto Co told state regulators
on Tuesday, saying California’s actions could be considered
illegal because they are not considering valid scientific

The formal comments were filed by Monsanto with the state’s
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), part
of California’s environmental regulatory office, on the final
day the state accepted public comments about its intention to
list glyphosate as a cause of cancer.

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. lawsuits build against Monsanto over alleged Roundup cancer link

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Personal injury law firms around the United States are lining up plaintiffs for what they say could be “mass tort” actions against agrichemical giant Monsanto Co that claim the company’s Roundup herbicide has caused cancer in farm workers and others exposed to the chemical.

The latest lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Delaware Superior Court by three law firms representing three plaintiffs.

Oct 14, 2015

U.S. earthquake fears spur more drills: ‘Drop, cover, hold on’

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Three months ago when an earthquake rattled Mickey Hart’s office, the Crescent, Oklahoma public school superintendent didn’t know what to do.

“I froze,” said Hart, who leads the school district of 650 students in the small community north of Oklahoma City. Several of the district’s buildings were damaged in the July quake as ceiling tiles shattered and walls cracked.

Oct 7, 2015

Monsanto slashing 2,600 jobs, buying back shares as sales fall

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, one of the world’s largest seed and agrichemical companies, said on Wednesday that it was slashing 2,600 jobs and restructuring operations to cut costs in a slumping commodity market that it expects to squeeze results well into 2016.

Monsanto, which also reported a much wider quarterly loss, said that along with the layoffs, its global restructuring would include “streamlining and reprioritizing” some commercial and research and development work, including an exit from the sugar cane business. Its shares fell 4 percent in premarket trading.

Oct 2, 2015

Justice Department says St. Louis County police must reform

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Police in St. Louis County, Missouri, who have been wrestling with racial unrest in the region for more than a year, must bring more minorities into their ranks and undertake a series of reforms, according to a federal report issued on Friday.

The report cited “abusive policing” as a cause for strained relations between a large minority population and mostly white police forces, and specifically laid out 109 recommendations for the St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD), which serves roughly 407,000 area residents.

Oct 1, 2015

Human reproduction, health broadly damaged by toxic chemicals: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Exposure to toxic chemicals in food, water and air is linked to millions of deaths, and costs billions of dollars every year, according to a report published Thursday by an international organization of medical professionals.

Among the poor health outcomes linked to pesticides, air pollutants, plastics and other chemicals, according to the report from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), an organization representing obstetrical and gynecological associations from 125 countries, are miscarriage and still births, an increase in cancer, attention problems and hyperactivity.

Sep 29, 2015

U.S. workers sue Monsanto claiming herbicide caused cancer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant have filed lawsuits claiming Monsanto Co.’s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers and Monsanto intentionally misled the public and regulators about the dangers of the herbicide.

The lawsuits come six months after the World Health Organization’s cancer research unit said it was classifying glyphosate, the active weed-killing ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Sep 28, 2015

More research needed on U.S. earthquakes possibly tied to oil and gas work: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A coalition of U.S. states warned on Monday that a spike in earthquakes potentially tied to oil and gas activity in places not typically prone to them needs urgent attention from regulators and others to protect public safety.

The report to be released later on Monday by States First includes input from governors, regulators and oil and gas policy leaders in 13 states, including Oklahoma and Kansas, where earthquake activity and intensity have risen in recent years.

Sep 28, 2015

U.S. strengthens rules to protect farm workers from pesticides

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – An estimated 2 million U.S. farm workers, children and others who work or live near farm fields will have more protection from hazardous pesticides under changes unveiled Monday by federal officials.

The changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard should reduce the risk of injury and illnesses from contact with pesticides on farms and in forests, nurseries and greenhouses, according to officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Labor.

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