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May 19, 2014

Webster’s dictionary adds ‘selfie,’ ‘tweep,’ ‘turducken’

May 19 (Reuters) – “Selfie,” “tweep” and “turducken” were
among more than 150 new words and definitions added to the 2014
updated Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the publishing
company said on Monday.

The additions to the U.S. dictionary reflect the growing
influence of technology and social networking, the company said.

May 15, 2014

Bees crucial to many crops still dying at worrisome rate: USDA

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Honey bees, crucial in the pollination of many U.S. crops, are still dying off at an worrisome rate, even though fewer were lost over the past winter, according to a government report issued on Thursday.

Total losses of managed honey bee colonies was 23.2 percent nationwide for the 2013-2014 winter, according to the annual report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the “Bee Informed Partnership,” a group of honeybee industry participants.

May 15, 2014

Breakfast cereals loaded with too much sugar for U.S. kids: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. children are consuming more than 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of sugar annually if they eat a typical morning bowl of cereal each day, contributing to obesity and other health problems, and cereal makers and regulators are doing little to address the issue, according to a study released on Thursday.

The Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based health information non-profit, said its report covers more than 1,500 cereals, including 181 marketed to children.

May 9, 2014

U.S. court affirms sanctions against DuPont in battle with Monsanto

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. chemical maker DuPont and its agricultural seed unit, Pioneer, acted in bad faith in a long-running legal battle with rival Monsanto Co, according to a federal appeals court ruling on Friday that affirmed sanctions against DuPont.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with a lower court decision in Missouri that sided with Monsanto in a dispute over DuPont’s use of Monsanto’s patented seed technology that makes certain crops able to tolerate glyphosate-based herbicide.

May 9, 2014

Dow making limited rollout of new Enlist GMO corn in Canada

May 9 (Reuters) – Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical
, said Friday it would start a “limited commercial
introduction” in Canada of a new genetically engineered corn
that tolerates a new herbicide developed by Dow that U.S.
regulators are still examining.

Dow said the new corn will be offered to only certain
Canadian farmers under tight controls, with full
commercialization planned for 2015 after all needed import
approvals are in place. Planting starts next week, Dow said. Any
harvested corn must be kept on the farm, Dow said.

May 8, 2014

Vermont is first state in U.S. to mandate genetically modified food labels

May 8 (Reuters) – Vermont on Thursday became the first U.S.
state to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically
modified organisms as Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law that
is expected to be challenged in court by some food and
agriculture companies.

The law, set to take effect July 1, 2016, would for the
first time align at least a small part of the United States with
more than 60 other countries that require labeling of
genetically engineered foods. And it sets the stage for more
than two dozen other states that are currently considering
mandatory labeling of such GMO foods.

May 8, 2014

Vermont becomes first U.S. state to mandate GMO labeling

May 8 (Reuters) – Vermont on Thursday became the first U.S.
state to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically
modified organisms as Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law that
is widely expected to be challenged in court by some food and
agriculture companies.

The law, set to take effect July 1, 2016, would for the
first time align at least a small part of the United States with
more than 60 other countries that require labeling of
genetically engineered foods. And it sets the stage for more
than two dozen other states that are currently considering
mandatory labeling of such GMO foods.

Apr 24, 2014

Kansas Jewish center shooting suspect asks court for delay

OLATHE, Kansas (Reuters) – The white supremacist charged with killing three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City on Passover Sunday appeared in a Kansas courtroom on Thursday and was granted a month-long delay in the proceedings against him.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, also known as Glenn Miller, was wearing an orange jumpsuit, with hands and feet shackled. Seated in a wheelchair, he spoke quietly with his attorney.

Apr 24, 2014

Group asks U.S. to examine pesticide-coated apples banned by Europe

April 24 (Reuters) – U.S.-grown apples are widely coated
with a pesticide that has been newly banned in the European
Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a
year behind in a required scientific assessment of the
pesticide, an environmental group said on Thursday.

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit health and
environmental advocacy group, sent a letter to the Environmental
Protection Agency asking for the agency to halt the use of
diphenylamine, also called DPA, until a new analysis shows DPA
levels on food are safe, the group said.

Apr 23, 2014

Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor

April 23 (Reuters) – A law that would make Vermont the first
U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with
genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval
from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the
governor’s desk.

The Vermont House of Representative passed the bill 114-30.
Last week, the Vermont Senate, by a vote of 28-2, approved the
measure, which requires foods containing GMOs sold at retail
outlets to be labeled as having been produced or partially
produced with “genetic engineering.”

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