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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.

Nov 5, 2014

Missouri ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, court rules

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a St. Louis circuit judge ruled on Wednesday, adding momentum to efforts in states across the country to legalize gay nuptials.

The decision comes a day after a federal judge ruled that neighboring Kansas also was violating the U.S. Constitution by refusing to allow same-sex marriages. More than 30 U.S. states permit same-sex couples to marry.

Nov 5, 2014

GMO labeling fails in Colorado, Oregon; GMO ban passes in Maui

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation’s capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday.

The Oregon measure lost 49 to 51 percent, according to unofficial results reported by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday, while voters in Colorado rejected labeling by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent.

Nov 5, 2014

GMO labeling measures fail in Colorado, look lost in Oregon

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Voters in Colorado rejected a measure to require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients, and a similar Oregon initiative looked headed for defeat on Tuesday.

The outcome at the polls came after corporate food and agriculture interests poured more than $36 million into anti-labeling campaigns in the two states.

Nov 5, 2014

Kansas Republican senator, governor win re-election

By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts retained his seat in a crucial race for his party as it clinched control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with election returns showing the veteran lawmaker pulling ahead of challenger Greg Orman.

Republican Governor Sam Brownback, a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, also won re-election despite a bruising campaign that focussed on the fiscal problems that followed his tax cuts.

Nov 5, 2014

Kansas Republican senator wins re-election

By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts retained his seat in a crucial race for Republicans as they clinched control of the U.S. Senate, with election returns showing the veteran lawmaker pulling ahead of challenger Greg Orman.

Orman conceded defeat as Roberts led Orman 51-44 percent with more than half the votes counted on Tuesday, securing Roberts’s hold on a seat he first won in 1996.

Oct 31, 2014

Insight: U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues

By Carey Gillam and Tom Polansek

(Reuters) – With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences’ package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers.

The Asian nation has become a major buyer of U.S. corn and soybeans in recent years, but has also shown mounting reluctance to accept some genetically modified crops grown by U.S. farmers. China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

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