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Jun 22, 2015

WHO unit finds 2,4-D herbicide ‘possibly’ causes cancer in humans

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A widely used farm chemical used as a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences “possibly” causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined.

The classification of the weed killer, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4-D, was made by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Jun 22, 2015

Groups urge tighter controls as U.S. considers GMO crop regulation

June 22 (Reuters) – Dozens of consumer and food groups and
businesses asked the U.S. government on Monday for tighter
regulation of genetically engineered crops, calling the current
system a “failure.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said it was
considering changes to the way it regulates biotech crops and
set a public comment period that expired Monday.

Jun 22, 2015

Tighter controls urged as USDA eyes regulation of GMO crops

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Dozens of consumer and food groups and businesses filed recommendations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday seeking tighter regulation of genetically engineered crops and calling the current system a “failure.”

The USDA has said it is considering changes to the way it regulates biotech crops and set a public comment period that expires today.

Jun 21, 2015

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of New Orleans policeman

By Suzannah Gonzales and Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – New Orleans police said on Sunday they had arrested the man suspected of shooting dead a city police officer who was transporting him to jail a day earlier.

Police said Travis Boys, 33, who was handcuffed, managed to grab a gun and fatally shoot Officer Daryle Holloway before escaping the police cruiser which crashed into a utility pole.

May 30, 2015

Kansas hospital monitoring patient for possible Ebola infection

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The University of Kansas Hospital said on Friday it was monitoring a patient for a possible Ebola infection after he returned from the West African nation of Sierra Leone and developed a fever.

“The patient is extremely low risk. It’s just the fever that tipped the balance,” Dr. Lee Norman at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, told a news conference.

May 29, 2015

Agribusiness nervous as WHO cancer unit analyzes popular pesticide

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The World Health Organization is set to examine
a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad
news, less than three months after the group classified another
popular herbicide as “probably” cancer-causing.

Twenty-four scientists representing WHO’s International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are set to analyze
scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and
the herbicide known as 2,4-D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon,
France.

May 28, 2015

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday
proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones
to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food
production and have been dying off at alarming rates.

The restrictions would cover times when specific plants are
in bloom and when commercial honeybees are being moved through
certain areas, EPA officials said.

May 22, 2015

Monsanto’s move on Syngenta could mean move away from glyphosate

May 22 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest
seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup
herbicide, a weedkiller beloved by farmers and homeowners alike
for its speed and deadly assault on tough weeds.

But Monsanto’s ongoing efforts to try to take over Swiss
agrochemicals firm Syngenta, a rival whose product
portfolio offers an array of agricultural chemicals, could spark
a sell-off or de-emphasis of a product line that last year
brought in roughly $5 billion, or a third of total revenues for
Monsanto, according to industry sources.

May 20, 2015

Factbox: Sizing up Monsanto and Syngenta

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest seed company, said on Wednesday it plans to divest all of Syngenta AG’s (SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) seeds and traits businesses as well as some overlapping chemistry assets to get regulatory approval for a takeover of its Swiss rival.

The $45 billion transaction would create an industry giant with combined sales of over $31 billion before any divestitures and a market capitalization of nearly $100 billion, based on current share prices. It would likely attract scrutiny from regulators in Europe and the United States.

May 20, 2015

Monsanto says would divest all of Syngenta’s seed business

May 20 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co., the world’s largest
seed company, said on Wednesday it plans to divest all of
Syngenta Ag’s seeds and traits businesses as well as
some overlapping chemistry assets to get regulatory approval for
a takeover of its Swiss rival.

Monsanto President Brett Begemann said in a statement that
U.S.-based Monsanto sees an acquisition of Syngenta as a move
toward “redefining the future of agriculture,” and is confident
it can address regulatory concerns about a combination of the
two agrichemical and seed giants.

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