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May 10, 2013

USDA says more review needed for new Monsanto, Dow GMO crops

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Department of Agriculture said Friday it will extend its scrutiny of controversial proposed biotech crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical, and Monsanto Co. after receiving an onslaught of opposition to the companies’ plans.

The news frustrated Dow officials who had hoped to have secured regulatory approval and have their new herbicide-tolerant corn called “Enlist” on the market by 2013 or 2014 at the latest. But 2015 is now likely the best hope for commercialization, said Dow AgroSciences spokeswoman Kenda Resler Friend. Farmers need the new technology to better manage weeds, she said.

Apr 30, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in ground turkey-report

KANSAS CITY, April 30 (Reuters) – Dangerous
antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in ground turkey on
U.S. grocery shelves across a variety of brands and stores
located in 21 states, according to a report by a consumer
watchdog organization.

Of the 257 samples of ground turkey tested, more than half
were found to be positive for fecal bacteria and overall, 90
percent were contaminated with one or more types of
disease-causing organisms, many of which proved resistant to one
or more common antibiotics, Consumer Reports found.

Apr 30, 2013

Contaminated ground turkey found in 21 states: report

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in ground turkey on U.S. grocery shelves across a variety of brands and stores located in 21 states, according to a report by a consumer watchdog organization.

Of the 257 samples of ground turkey tested, more than half were found to be positive for fecal bacteria and overall, 90 percent were contaminated with one or more types of disease-causing organisms, many of which proved resistant to one or more common antibiotics, Consumer Reports found.

Apr 30, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant ground turkey found in 21 states-report

KANSAS CITY, April 30 (Reuters) – Dangerous
antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in ground turkey on
U.S. grocery shelves across a variety of brands and stores
located in 21 states, according to a report by a consumer
watchdog organization.

Of the 257 samples of ground turkey tested, more than half
were found to be positive for fecal bacteria and overall, 90
percent were contaminated with one or more types of
disease-causing organisms, many of which proved resistant to one
or more common antibiotics, Consumer Reports found.

Apr 29, 2013

South Dakota tries to change “Negro” and “squaw” place-names

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – South Dakota is finding it difficult to change time-worn names of locations that are seen as offensive by African-Americans and Native Americans, such as “Negro” and “squaw” creeks, canyons and mountain ridges.

The state issued a plea this month for public assistance in renaming five geographic features. The five are part of a total of 18 sites that include the word “squaw” or “Negro” in their names and have been designated by the legislature as needing renaming.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S. GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back

CHICAGO (Reuters) – New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.

Executives from Monsanto Co., DuPont, and Dow Chemical, among the world’s largest developers of biotech crops and the chemicals used to help produce them, told Reuters this week they are putting together a campaign aimed at turning the tide on what they acknowledge is a growing public sentiment against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used as ingredients in the nation’s food supply.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S. drought continues to ease

April 25 (Reuters) – Drought conditions across portions of
the central United States continued to moderate as rain and snow
boosted soil moisture in the past week, according to a report
released on Thursday by state and federal climatologists.

The “Drought Monitor” report, which tracks the land area
affected by drought, said the High Plains, the region suffering
the most from drought, was seeing significant relief.

Apr 25, 2013

Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers-U.S. study

April 25 (Reuters) – Heavy use of the world’s most popular
herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health
problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and
cancers, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the
scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that
residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup weed
killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has
been found in food.

Apr 23, 2013

Genetically engineered salmon company expects U.S. regulatory OK in 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – AquaBounty Technologies Inc expects regulatory approval by the fourth quarter of this year to produce its controversial genetically engineered salmon, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

“There have been no new legal issues, no new regulatory issues, no new environmental issues raised,” AquaBounty Technologies Chief Executive Ronald Stotish said on the sidelines of the BIO International Convention. “We should have approval before the end of the year.”

Apr 21, 2013

Texas blast highlights risks for volunteer firefighters

WEST, Texas/CHICAGO (Reuters) – When Cody Dragoo set out with his fellow volunteer firefighters to stop the fire raging at the West Fertilizer Co, he more than anyone knew the dangers that loomed, family and friends said.

A team leader for the all-volunteer firefighting force in West, the 50-year-old worked at the plant mixing combustible chemicals to make fertilizer for use on the fields of corn and other crops that surround the rural Texas town.

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