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U.S. exports to China boom, despite trade tensions

U.S. exports to China boom, despite trade tensions

Publication — The Washington Post Date — March 2012 Website — www.washingtonpost.com The effects of China’s newfound wealth and tastes are showing up elsewhere in the food business, to the benefit of American exporters. For the first three quarters of 2011, the Agriculture Department saw increases in exports to China in four categories: snack foods, […]

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Modified Crops Tap a Wellspring of Protest

The New York Times February 7, 2012 By Julia Moskin SILENT in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their fields. […]

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GM food on the verge of getting clearance in state

Deccan Chronicle (India) via Checkbiotech July 25, 2011 Original Source The controversial Genetically Modified (GM) crop field trials are all set to get a fillip in the state. The Andhra Pradesh government is moving in the direction of encouraging and regulating the controversial GM crop field trials. For this it has formed a 5-member committee […]

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U.S.D.A. Ruling on Bluegrass Stirs Cries of Lax Regulation

The New York Times July 6, 2011 By ANDREW POLLACK Original Source The Agriculture Department has exempted a genetically engineered grass from federal regulation, a decision that some critics say could portend a loosening in oversight of biotech crops. The department said that an herbicide-tolerant Kentucky bluegrass being developed by Scotts Miracle-Gro was not subject […]

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Making Political Hay With Genetically Modified Alfalfa

The Wall Street Journal February 10, 2011 http://online.wsj.com Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack hardly deserves kudos because he "made the right decision" after struggling over whether the Agriculture Department should approve a genetically engineered (GE) variety of alfalfa without gratuitous restrictions ("Let's Restart the Green Revolution," Business World, by Holman Jenkins, Jr., Feb. 2). That […]

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U.S. Approves Genetically Modified Alfalfa

The New York Times By Andrew Pollack January 27, 2011 www.nytimes.com Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa, setting aside a controversial compromise that had generated stiff opposition. In making the decision, Mr. Vilsack pulled back from a novel proposal that would have […]

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USDA’s Vilsack seeks compromise on biotech crops

Reuters By Charles Abbott January 10, 2011 www.reuters.com (Reuters) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the largest U.S. farm group on Monday that farmers could see less government interference if they find a way for traditional and genetically modified crops to co-exist. Farm groups and the biotechnology industry are skeptical of Vilsack's "co-existence" proposal. He […]

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Duel Over Sugar Beet Seeds Could Create Shortage

The New York Times By WILLIAM NEUMAN and ANDREW POLLACK December 2, 2010 www.nytimes.com Court decisions that have suspended the planting of genetically modified sugar beets could result in a sharp decline in American sugar production in the next two years, leading to possible price increases for consumers and food processors, according to experts and […]

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Inflation Outlook for Food Still Tame

The Wall Street Journal By Scott Kilman October 26, 2010   http://online.wsj.com     The Agriculture Department is standing by its forecast for unusually tame food-price inflation this year but warned Monday that the broad rally in farm commodity prices since midsummer will take a bigger bite out of consumers' wallets next year. In its […]

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Ruling Imperils Sugar Production

The Wall Street Journal By Bill Tomson October 18, 2010     http://online.wsj.com   U.S. sugar production will be cut by about 20% if farmers are banned from planting genetically modified beets next year, according to data prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a court case over whether to continue allowing […]

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Ruling Imperils Sugar Production

The Wall Street Journal By Bill Tomson October 18, 2010   http://online.wsj.com     U.S. sugar production will be cut by about 20% if farmers are banned from planting genetically modified beets next year, according to data prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a court case over whether to continue allowing […]

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