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Nov 25, 2014

Vote tally too close, recount ordered on Oregon GMO labeling

Nov 25 (Reuters) – The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot
measure that would require labeling of foods made with
genetically modified ingredients was so close that state
officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on

Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes
out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the
Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

Nov 19, 2014

Supreme Court rejects stay for Missouri execution

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a stay of execution for a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the man’s stepdaughter 20 years ago.

Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to be put to death at 1:01 a.m. ET Wednesday for shooting Robert Newton, 53, during a robbery at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994.

Nov 18, 2014

Missouri set to execute man who killed gas station attendant

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri officials on Tuesday were preparing to execute a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the man’s stepdaughter 20 years ago.

Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. CST Wednesday for shooting to death Robert Newton, 53, during a robbery at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994. Taylor shot Newton in the head as Newton’s 8-year-old stepdaughter watched. She testified that Taylor had tried to shoot her as well but the gun jammed.

Nov 17, 2014

Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study

Nov 17 (Reuters) – Crop-devouring armyworms are showing
increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type
of genetically modified crop that should kill them, scientists
said on Monday.

The evolution of insect resistance “is a great threat” long-
term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that
has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according
to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University
(LSU) and lead researcher for a three-year study.

Nov 13, 2014

Limited GMO crop launch is ‘unique’ reaction to China: Dow official

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Dow AgroSciences’ decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide – billed as the company’s most important product launch ever – came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said Thursday.

The deep involvement of the grain industry in defining a GMO crop launch and the controls on that launch underscore the lengths U.S. companies are going to avoid angering China.

Nov 12, 2014

Dow AgroSciences limits sales of GMO soy, corn on China worries

Nov 12 (Reuters) – Dow AgroSciences said on Wednesday it
will restrict sales of its new genetically modified corn and
soybeans to prevent them from entering U.S. domestic or
international grain marketing channels as it awaits import
approval from China.

The move by the agricultural unit of Dow Chemical Co
is aimed at avoiding the type of market turmoil that hit Sygenta
AG and the U.S. grain industry when Syngenta
commercialized its own GMO corn without waiting for import
approval from China.

Nov 12, 2014

Monsanto settles farmer lawsuits over experimental GMO wheat

Nov 12 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it
reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed
company over market disruption after unapproved genetically
engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in

Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” wheat, which was never approved
by U.S. regulators and which the company said it stopped testing
a decade ago, was found growing in an Oregon farmer’s field in
2013. The company had said all the experimental grain was
destroyed or stored away.

Nov 11, 2014

GMO battles over ‘settled’ science spur new study of crops

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side.

The message of “settled” science has become the rallying cry for defenders of the crops and food commonly referred to as GMOs as they push back against consumers, environmentalists, lawmakers and others who want the crops labeled, restricted or banned.

Nov 10, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri, braces for grand jury decision, new protests

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Tensions were building in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday as the community girded for a looming decision by a grand jury over whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August.

The shooting sparked weeks of racial unrest and ongoing demonstrations, and some groups have threatened widespread protests if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is not charged with a crime for shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown to death.

Nov 10, 2014

U.S. hopes for GMO crop cultivation in China still alive, barely

Nov 10 (Reuters) – DuPont Pioneer, one of the world’s
largest seed companies, is refusing to give up on efforts to
cultivate genetically modified crops in Chinese fields in the
face of regulatory hurdles, even as rivals pull back.

The Iowa-based agricultural seed and chemical unit of DuPont
this autumn harvested its first test crops of GMO corn in
China in six years after lengthy efforts to win government
approval for the new field trials.

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