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Feb 13, 2015

U.S. approves biotech apple that resists browning

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday approved two genetically engineered apple varieties designed to resist browning, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved the new apples, developed by the Canadian biotech company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., as “unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture.”

Feb 11, 2015

Missouri executes man convicted of 1990 murder

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri on Wednesday executed a man convicted of murdering a neighbor in 1990, officials said, amid scrutiny of the secrecy surrounding the state’s lethal injection protocols.

Walter Storey, 47, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell said in a statement.

Jan 30, 2015

U.S. pork plant program draws criticism, Hormel petition

Jan 30 (Reuters) – Processing lines at some U.S. hog
slaughterhouses are moving too fast for inspectors to adequately
address contamination and food safety concerns, according to an
advocacy group that says it has obtained affidavits from four
government meat inspectors.

In the affidavits, released Friday by the Government
Accountability Project, a “whistle-blower protection”
organization, the inspectors detail experiences inside
pork-processing plants participating in a pilot program
engineered by the USDA to speed up lines while improving food
safety and trim inspection costs.

Jan 15, 2015

USDA approves Monsanto’s new GMO soybeans, cotton

Jan 15 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. received final U.S.
approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used
with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic
weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen
the problems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) said the genetically modified cotton
and soybean plants are granted “non-regulated” status. Monsanto
is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental
Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to be used with
the crops.

Jan 7, 2015

Monsanto reports steep drop in first-quarter profit

Jan 7 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest
seed company, said on Wednesday profits dropped 34 percent in
the first quarter compared with a year ago, due in part to lower
planted corn acres in South America and a shift in timing of
some sales.

Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn,
soybeans and other crops as well as the popular Roundup
herbicide, said net sales dropped to $2.9 billion in the quarter
ended Nov. 30 compared with $3.1 billion in the year-ago period,
with sales of corn seeds and genetic traits down 12 percent.

Jan 7, 2015

Start-up U.S. crop company snags pharmaceutical executive as CEO

Jan 7 (Reuters) – Symbiota, a start-up agricultural plant
health company planning to tweak the capabilities of wheat,
corn, soy and other crops in ways that improve yields, has named
a former pharmaceutical executive as its president and chief
executive officer.

David Perry joined Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Symbiota
this week after leaving Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc, a
company he co-founded and ran from 2002 until last year.

Jan 5, 2015

Grand juror in Missouri police shooting case sues prosecutor

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old sued the prosecutor in the case on Monday, criticizing the way evidence was presented to grand jurors and seeking court permission to speak publicly about the way the case was handled.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in St. Louis against St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch by the grand juror, whose name was withheld and was referred to as “Grand Juror Doe.”

Jan 3, 2015

Seven-year-old girl survives Kentucky plane crash: police

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A 7-year-old girl survived when a small plane in which she was flying with her family crashed in the Kentucky woods, taking the lives of her mother and father, an older sister and a teenage cousin, police said on Saturday.

The crash Friday night killed 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, his 45-year-old wife, Kimberly Gutzler, their 9-year-old daughter Piper Gutzler and 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, a cousin, according to Kentucky State Police. The family was from Nashville, Illinois, police said.

Dec 19, 2014

USDA report says pesticide residues in food nothing to fear

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – More than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides, though most were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA looked at fresh and processed fruits and vegetables as well as infant formula, apple juice, and other products.

Dec 19, 2014

Ferguson wants peace instead of protests, but anger still simmers

FERGUSON, Mo (Reuters) – It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri.

More than four months after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and sparked nationwide demonstrations over the way police in the United States interact with the black community, anger still simmers in the city of 21,000 mostly black residents.

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