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EU scientists say glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, according to the European Food Safety Authority. However, it nevertheless proposed new limits today on the amount of residue of the herbicide that is deemed safe for humans to consume. The EFSA advises EU policymakers, and its conclusion could pave the way for[...]

European scientists say glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

RUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on Thursday, and the agency proposed a higher limit on the daily amount of residue of the popular weed killer deemed safe if consumed. The EFSA advises EU policymakers and its conclusion could lead the[...]

The big 6 … for now?

It is only a matter of time before consolidation occurs among the big six companies in agriculture, say analysts and company executives. “It appears the (agriculture) industry, in response to lower growth stemming from lower commodity prices, is on the cusp of substantial consolidation,” Deutsche Bank analyst David Begleiter said in a recent market research[...]

Prevent phragmites from getting stranglehold

CHATHAM, Ont. — An invasive species that has spread across southern Ontario now threatens the West. Wetland ecologist Janice Gilbert told an environmental conference Oct. 21 that invasive phragmites are a significant threat to prairie pothole, wetland, river and lake environments across southern Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The plant, which has not yet[...]

WHO cancer report shows need for data, context

Perhaps the most important take-home message from the World Health Organization’s announcement regarding potential cancer dangers posed by eating processed and red meat are the lessons the WHO itself can learn about providing proper context.
The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer last week added processed meat — bacon, cold cuts, hot dogs, sausages and[...]

Red meat declared cancer risk

Livestock and meat industry reactions to an international study that says hot dogs, bacon and other processed meat can cause cancer range from outrage to skepticism to pragmatism. A summary of the study conducted by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said there is “sufficient evidence” to link consumption of[...]

Monsanto demands halt in putting herbicide on cancer causing list

(Reuters) — A plan by California environmental officials to list a commonly used herbicide as cancer-causing should be withdrawn, Monsanto has told state regulators.
The company said the state’s actions could be considered illegal because they are not considering valid scientific evidence.
The formal comments were filed by Monsanto with the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard[...]

Cancer warning label on processed meat considered in California

Oct 27 (Reuters) - California is examining new World Health Organization findings to determine whether to add red meat and processed meat like hot dogs, sausages and bacon to a cancer-alert list, setting the stage for a potential battle with the meat industry over warning labels. The inclusion of meat and processed meat on the[...]

WHO declares red meat probably carcinogenic

The World Health Organization has concluded that red meat is probably carcinogenic to humans and processed meat is carcinogenic to humans. In a release issued this morning, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a WHO division, said there is a direct link between eating processed meat and the likelihood of cancer. "For an individual,[...]

Meat industry braces for WHO cancer risk verdict

PARIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) - As international health experts prepare to publish a report on potential cancer risks linked to red and processed meat, industry groups are bracing for a damaging blow to consumer confidence. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) gathered health experts in France this month to discuss[...]

U.S. lawsuits build against Monsanto over alleged Roundup cancer link

Oct 15 (Reuters) - Personal injury law firms around the United States are lining up plaintiffs for what they say could be "mass tort" actions against agrichemical giant Monsanto Co that claim the company's Roundup herbicide has caused cancer in farm workers and others exposed to the chemical. The latest lawsuit was filed Wednesday in[...]

Firm sees profits in non-GM soy

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — There is money to be made growing non-genetically modified crops, according to a company that sells them.
SunOpta’s cost-revenue comparison shows that U.S. soybean growers would be better off growing non-GM varieties next year rather than conventional soybeans.
That is because of the price premiums farmers receive for growing non-GM crops and to the[...]

Monsanto slashing 2,600 jobs, buying back shares as sales fall

Oct 7 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co., one of the world's largest seed and agrichemical companies, said on Wednesday that it was slashing 2,600 jobs and restructuring operations to cut costs in a slumping commodity market. The company, which said it expected low prices for agricultural products to squeeze results well into 2016, also reported a[...]

Grain quality erodes as harvest drags on

There’s some good, some bad and some ugly in this year’s western Canadian cereal crop.
Harvest is not over yet, but it looks like the crop will be all over the map, comprising a wide range of grades and quality factors.
Daryl Beswitherick, manager of quality assurance standards with the Canadian Grain Commission, said the commission’s harvest[...]

Suit claims Roundup caused health issues

Reuters — A U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant have filed lawsuits claiming Roundup caused their cancers and that Monsanto intentionally misled the public and regulators about the dangers of the herbicide.
The lawsuits come six months after the World Health Organization’s cancer research unit said it was classifying glyphosate, the active weed-killing ingredient in[...]