Feb 27 (Reuters) – DuPont Pioneer, the agricultural seed
unit of DuPont, said on Thursday it was launching a suite
of “whole-farm decision” services aimed at boosting crop
productivity, a line of business many in the agricultural sector
are racing to offer.
The platform of data and technology services, to be called
“Encirca,” will have a dedicated website and a team of about 50
Encirca sales and service agents through key corn- and
soybean-growing areas of the U.S. Midwest, DuPont said.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as “healthy,” contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.
Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, was found as an ingredient in breads, bagels, tortillas, hamburger and hot dog buns, pizza, pastries, and other food products, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, based in Washington.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A Missouri man was executed early on Wednesday for raping and murdering a 15 year-old school girl, authorities said after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a flurry of petitions seeking a stay.
Michael Taylor died by lethal injection 25 years after he and an accomplice abducted Ann Harrison while she was waiting for a school bus. The two men then raped her and then stuffed her in the trunk of a car where they stabbed her to death.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court late on Tuesday denied an 11th-hour flurry of petitions seeking to stay the execution of convicted killer Michael Taylor, who was slated to die by lethal injection in a Missouri prison shortly after midnight.
Taylor, 47, condemned for the rape and stabbing death of a teenager 25 years ago, would mark Missouri’s 72nd execution since 1976 and the second this year.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri officials on Tuesday were fending off a flurry of late appeals from convicted killer Michael Taylor as they prepared for his execution by lethal injection shortly after midnight.
Under the state protocol, 47-year-old Taylor will receive his last meal and be dressed in simple gray pants and a T-shirt and socks before being escorted to the death chamber.
Feb 24 (Reuters) – A citizens’ group on Maui on Monday
launched a petition to allow voters to consider temporarily
suspending production of genetically modified crops (GMOs) on
the Hawaiian island.
The group said its “temporary moratorium initiative” seeks a
suspension until the completion of an environmental and public
health impact study examining the effects of widespread testing
of GMO crops and associated pesticide use.
Feb 24 (Reuters) – After more than 15 years of using
genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see
an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environmental and
on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular
herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according
to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We are not characterizing them (GMO crops) as bad or good.
We are just providing information,” said Michael Livingston, a
government agricultural economist and one of the authors of the
report, prepared by the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Michael Taylor has been here before.
The 47-year-old convicted murderer due to be executed in Missouri on Wednesday, came within hours of dying in 2006 before a court ordered a stay on concerns about the doctor and the drugs prison officials planned to use.
Now, a team of defense attorneys from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., is again fighting to keep Taylor out of the death chamber. They have filed a flurry of appeals that include attacks on the state for its methodology and secrecy over the lethal injection drugs the state intends to use. The lawyers also argue that Taylor should be serving a life sentence instead of facing death.
20 (Reuters) – Farm workers, children and other people
working or living near farm fields would have more protection
from hazardous pesticides under changes proposed on Thursday by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who
plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each
day,” Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Picking up a gallon of milk at the grocery store is getting pricier and the cost could hit a record high for U.S. consumers in March, analysts warned.
Strong global demand and stagnant production in other countries has led to increased exports of U.S. dairy products in recent months, generating more money for dairy farmers but resulting in likely price hikes of 10-20 percent at the retail level in some markets, according to analysts.