March 13 (Reuters) – A public interest group is asking a
court to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to turn over
documents explaining its approval of a genetically altered
alfalfa even as the department acknowledged the crop’s potential
to do environmental damage.
The Center for Food Safety said on Thursday that it believes
the USDA may have succumbed to outside pressure, possibly from
Monsanto Co., the developer of the genetic trait in the
INDIANAPOLIS, March 10 (Reuters) – Dan Kittle has spent more
than a decade waiting for this day.
As the man in charge of research and development at Dow
AgroSciences, the unit of Dow Chemical Co that develops
agricultural seeds and pesticides, Kittle remembers the “big
shock” when rival Monsanto Co unveiled a genetically
modified seed in 1996 designed to be used in combination with a
specific herbicide, a combination that rapidly led Monsanto to
March 7 (Reuters) – Kansas is violating the state
constitution in its funding of public schools, a duty that is
mandatory and not to be left to the whims of state legislators,
the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
But while the court upheld part of a lower court finding in
favor of a group of public school districts claiming the state
should provide more money for education, the court also reversed
part of that lower court ruling, and remanded some issues back
for further analysis by a district court panel.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Three environmental and public health groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, seeking to press it to move forward with rules that would require public disclosure of certain pesticide ingredients.
The Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, all non-profit advocacy groups, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
March 3 (Reuters) – Growing crops free from contamination by
genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on those
biotech versions is getting more difficult and more costly for
U.S. farmers, and new government rules to control contamination
are needed, according to report issued on Monday by an
environmental organization and an organic food group.
Based on information from 268 farmers from 17 U.S. states,
the report said more than 30 percent of farmers seeking to grow
organic crops reported that unintended GMO presence has been
found or suspected on their farms, according to the report by
Food & Water Watch and the Organic Farmers’ Agency for
Relationship Marketing (OFARM).
(Reuters) – Another senior executive is leaving Sprint Corp, the U.S. wireless company that has seen several key leaders exit since it was acquired last year by Japan’s SoftBank Corp (9984.T).
Fared Adib, a 12-year veteran of Sprint who was tapped by SoftBank to lead a new initiative last fall, has resigned from the Overland Park, Kansas-based company, according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters.
March 1 (Reuters) – Another senior executive is leaving
Sprint Corp, the U.S. wireless company that has seen
several key leaders exit since it was acquired last year by
Japan’s SoftBank Corp (9984.T).
Fared Adib, a 12-year veteran of Sprint who was tapped by
SoftBank to lead a new initiative last fall, has resigned from
the Overland Park, Kansas-based company, according to an
internal memo obtained by Reuters.
Feb 27 (Reuters) – DuPont Pioneer, the agricultural seed
unit of DuPont, said on Thursday it was launching a suite
of “whole-farm decision” services aimed at boosting crop
productivity, a line of business many in the agricultural sector
are racing to offer.
The platform of data and technology services, to be called
“Encirca,” will have a dedicated website and a team of about 50
Encirca sales and service agents through key corn- and
soybean-growing areas of the U.S. Midwest, DuPont said.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as “healthy,” contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.
Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, was found as an ingredient in breads, bagels, tortillas, hamburger and hot dog buns, pizza, pastries, and other food products, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, based in Washington.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A Missouri man was executed early on Wednesday for raping and murdering a 15 year-old school girl, authorities said after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a flurry of petitions seeking a stay.
Michael Taylor died by lethal injection 25 years after he and an accomplice abducted Ann Harrison while she was waiting for a school bus. The two men then raped her and then stuffed her in the trunk of a car where they stabbed her to death.