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May 15, 2015

As it woos Syngenta, Monsanto mounts campaign to combat critics

May 15 (Reuters) – As seed and chemical maker Monsanto Co.
woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta,
Monsanto also is trying to win over consumers in key
international markets, rolling out social media and marketing
campaigns.

U.S.-based Monsanto said it has recently launched
interactive consumer-oriented websites in China, France, India,
Argentina and Brazil, in addition to a lead site launched for
U.S. consumers late last year.

May 13, 2015

U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA finds

May 13 (Reuters) – Honey bees, critical agents in the
pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate
over the last year, according to a new government report that
comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to
reverse the decline.

Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from
April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for
2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss to date, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture said in a report issued on Wednesday.

May 13, 2015

U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA report finds

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to a new government report that comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to reverse the losses.

Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for 2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss seen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report issued on Wednesday.

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.”

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