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Biotechnology

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EPA considering Monsanto request to allow spraying of dicamba on corn

EPA has received a request from Bayer-owned Monsanto to allow dicamba to be sprayed on corn that has been genetically engineered to resist the potent herbicide.

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Senators urge Trump to prioritize ag biotech approvals in US-China talks

Reforms to China's system for ag biotechnology approvals should be a priority for US negotiators in trade talks, a bipartisan group of 37 Senators wrote in a March 14 letter to President Donald Trump.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

North and South Dakota pass cell-based meat labeling restrictions

State lawmakers in North and South Dakota last week approved legislation to regulate labeling of cell-cultured meat and prohibit use of the term "meat" on product labels. 
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Crop Inputs

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Jury finds Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide likely caused cancer

Exposure to Bayer-owned Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkiller was likely a substantial factor in causing a California man to develop cancer, a federal jury concluded on Tuesday (March 19).
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DeLauro drafts bill to restrict glyphosate use on oats, slashes food tolerance

Legislation introduced Friday (March 15) by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) would compel EPA to restrict use of glyphosate on oats and dramatically reduce the related food tolerance for the widely used herbicide.

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New scientific study finds health concerns with glyphosate-based herbicides

The controversial herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer legacy product Round Up, was dealt another blow on March 11 with publication of a pilot study linking the chemical to endocrine and developmental effects.

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Organics

Strawberries again top EWG's 'Dirty Dozen' list

For the fourth year running, strawberries top the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide residues.

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No Deal or Article 50 extension looms, as MPs reject Brexit agreement again

The UK government will publish on Wednesday (March 13) its proposals for import tariffs to apply on agricultural and other imports in the event of a no deal Brexit, after a fresh defeat for prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday evening (March 12).

Brexit Trade Agreements

Court allows challenge of now-defunct organic livestock rule to move ahead

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a case against USDA brought by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for delaying and withdrawing USDA’s organic livestock rule – a controversial rule that became an early target for the Trump administration.

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Precision Agriculture

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Change what we eat or face climate consequences, Professor warns

Humanity needs to change what it eats, and thereby change what it farms, otherwise it will “push itself into a corner where, literally, by the end of the century, we are going to fry”, an expert on climate change warned this week.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Data sharing in food and agriculture can 'increase yields and income by 30%'

Sharing information along the food production and supply chain can increase yields and incomes by between 10% and 30%, a global organisation dedicated to data sharing has said.

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