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Feb 27, 2015

Eight people reported dead in murder, suicide in Missouri

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Eight people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder and suicide in rural southern Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday.

Seven people were thought to be victims of one man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement by the highway patrol. One elderly woman was found dead of what appeared to be natural causes during an investigation.

Feb 25, 2015

California dog owner alleges Purina Beneful pet food can kill

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A California dog owner whose English bulldog died in January has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina PetCare Co [NESNP.UL], alleging his dog and thousands of others have been sickened by pet food that contains harmful toxins.

The suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, claims that all three of Frank Lucido’s dogs became ill in January after eating from a bag of Purina Beneful dog food. One of the dogs died and a post-mortem veterinary examination revealed signs of internal bleeding in the dog’s stomach and lesions on his liver, the lawsuit claims.

Feb 22, 2015

Hidden sketches by French painter Cezanne found in Pennsylvania

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Unfinished sketches by the famed French artist Paul Cezanne have been found hidden on the backs of two of his watercolors, a Pennsylvania-based art foundation said on Saturday.

The Barnes Foundation said the sketches, one graphite and one watercolor, likely have not been seen since the early 20th century.

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. approves first biotech apple that resists browning

Feb 13 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday approved what
would be the first commercialized biotech apple, 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 two genetically engineered
apple varieties designed to resist browning that have been
developed by the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

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.

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