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DuPont, Dow Strike $130 Billion Merger Deal, Create Chemical Giant

Chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical have agreed to merge, forming a $130 billion company that will then split into three companies. The new DowDuPont will separate into three companies “as soon as feasible,” which the companies say they expect to take 18 to 24 months following the closing of … Read more »

Cargill, Monsanto, P&G to Develop Sustainability Metrics for Farmers

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture along with its 75 members — including Cargill, Coca-Cola, Environmental Defense Fund and Monsanto — pledged to develop the next generation of farm-level sustainability metrics during a roundtable session at the White House. The metrics are designed to help growers measure and ultimately, reduce emissions, Field to … Read more »

China Ban Slows, Stops GMO Seed Roll-Out

Syngenta and Dow AgroScience are tightly controlling US launches of new GMO seeds, and Bayer CropScience has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold as the result of China’s import barriers of some US genetically modified crops, Reuters reports. In November 2013, Chinese ports began rejecting US imports saying they … Read more »

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Syngenta’s ‘Operational Pollinator’ Gives Bees a Boost

Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator helps restore bees and other pollinators in landscapes like golf course while establishing low- to no-maintenance natural areas for superintendents, the argichemical company says. The initiative stems from Syngenta’s honeybee research as scientists investigate pesticides as a potential cause of honeybee decline. Syngenta produces neonicotinoids, a class … Read more »

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Hawaii Becomes Flash Point in GMO Controversy

Hawaii, the cornerstone of corn-growing operations by the world’s leading seed companies, has become a flash point in the debate over genetic engineering in agriculture. As companies have expanded their seed crop operations in Hawaii, opposition to genetically modified organisms has grown. It’s become a particularly touchy subject because so … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Electricity Act, GMO Suit, Pinelands Pipe Decision

The energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a markup and vote today and tomorrow on HR 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. The bill, which committee chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced on Thursday, would require that EPA carbon … Read more »

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Does Bayer Care About Bees?

While beekeepers and environmental groups blame Bayer and other pesticide producers for harming honeybees, Bayer has funded research that blames varroa mites for the bee die-off and plans to open more Bee Care Centers to further study the mites, The New York Times reports. The company, a major producer of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Social Cost of Carbon, GHG Reporting, ‘Wasteful’ Pesticide Regs

The White House has issued updated values for the social cost of carbon, reflecting “minor technical corrections,” The Hill reports. The changes lower the central estimated value of the SCC in 2015 to $37 per metric ton of CO2, from the $38 estimate released in May. The Office of Information and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Water Act, RFS Suit Looms, Kauai GMO Bill

The House will take up the Water Resources Reform and Development Act next week, according to a statement by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The Senate passed the act in May. The American Petroleum Institute plans to sue if the EPA does not finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by the … Read more »

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150 Companies, Organizations Urge GMO Crop Trial Action

Organic food manufacturer Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Aid, Clif Bar & Company, The Urban Farm, Organic Seed Alliance and the Center for Food Safety are among more than 150 farm organizations, millers, retailers, bakeries, seed businesses and food processors urging the US Department of Agriculture to improve its oversight of experimental … Read more »

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General Mills, Kraft, Monsanto Join Food LCA Database

General Mills, Kraft Foods and Monsanto are among the first companies to join a project that aims to develop a comprehensive database for food and beverage life cycle assessments (LCAs). The Swiss Federal Research Station Agroscope and consulting firm Quantis launched the World Food LCA Database (WFLDB) today. They expect … Read more »

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Monsanto, State Department Pushed GMO Seeds Abroad, Report Says

A report from watchdog group Food & Water Watch released yesterday accuses the US State Department of partnering with Monsanto and other GMO seed companies to push biotech crops abroad, forcing farmers to buy genetically modified seeds and agrichemicals. Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s … Read more »