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May 5, 2015

EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides

WASHINGTON May 5 (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection
Agency has wrapped up its review of the world’s most widely used
herbicide and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary
risk assessment no later than July, the regulator’s chief
pesticide regulator told Reuters.

The EPA review of the health and environmental impacts of
glyphosate comes at a time of intense debate over the safety of
the chemical, and after the World Health Organization’s cancer
research unit declared in March that glyphosate was “probably
carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 29, 2015

In U.S. GMO labeling battle, PepsiCo latest target

April 29 (Reuters) – Backers of mandatory labeling for
genetically modified foods on Wednesday launched a campaign
aimed at turning back food company lobbying against labeling,
and the first target is PepsiCo.

The move comes as U.S. lawmakers are eyeing federal
legislation that would nullify mandatory state labeling laws,
such as one that takes effect next year in Vermont, and proposed
in other states.

Apr 22, 2015

Advocacy group offers U.S. testing for herbicide feared linked to cancer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – An advocacy group seeking a ban on the world’s most widely used herbicide said Wednesday it is launching a U.S. public testing project to gather data on detectable levels of the herbicide in drinking water, human urine and breast milk.

The project, backed in part by organic organizations and critics of genetically modified crops, is the latest move in a brewing battle pitting agribusiness interests against consumer and environmental groups over the fate of the weed-killer called glyphosate.

Apr 22, 2015

DuPont buys microbiome firm, seeks edge in emerging crop products

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – DuPont (DD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is buying a California-based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market.

DuPont’s announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15-year-old company brings a “broad intellectual property estate” that will contribute to new DuPont seed treatments, and foliar and soil applications for row crops, fruits and vegetables.

Apr 21, 2015

Oklahoma scientists say earthquakes linked to oil and gas work

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Oklahoma geologists have documented strong links between increased seismic activity in the state and the injection into the ground of wastewater from oil and gas production, a state agency said on Tuesday.

Currently, Oklahoma is recording 2-1/2 earthquakes daily of a magnitude 3 or greater, a seismicity rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008, the report by the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) said.

Apr 20, 2015

Kraft removing synthetic colors from iconic macaroni & cheese

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Kraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner.

The move comes at a time when Kraft is battling sluggish demand as consumers shift to brands that are perceived as healthier, including foods that are organic or less processed. The company has also been targeted by consumer advocacy groups, pressuring it to remove the artificial food dyes from its products.Kraft spokeswoman Lynne Galia said the changes were being made to address concerns expressed by consumers, including demands for improved nutrition and “simpler ingredients.”

Apr 20, 2015

Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of the World Health Organization reported last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 17, 2015

U.S. regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Amid rising public concern over possible links to disease, U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of the World Health Organization reported last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 14, 2015

Missouri appoints new state auditor after suicide of predecessor

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri’s governor named a 32-year-old county treasurer and former insurance auditor as the new state auditor on Tuesday, following the suicide in February of the prior auditor.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to serve out the term of Tom Schweich, who officials said shot himself to death, until it ends in January 2019. She replaces interim state auditor John Watson.

Apr 14, 2015

Missouri to execute man convicted of murder over child support

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri was preparing on Tuesday to execute a man convicted of attacking his former wife over child support payments and killing her friend as his lawyers exhausted several avenues of appeal.

Andre Cole, 52, is scheduled to be put to death at 6 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday. His attorneys have argued that Cole’s death sentence was unfair because he is an African-American and he was condemned to death by an all-white jury. They also have argued that he suffers from psychosis, including having hallucinations that compromised his ability to understand why he is facing execution.

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