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Animal Rights Group Uncovers Abuse With Secret Footage

November 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Pres | News | Comments

A year after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have discouraged undercover citizen investigation of animal abuse, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing...

General Mills CEO: Water Conservation Is Critical

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman...

Syngenta Faces Dozens Of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a...

CA Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 19, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty...

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CO Panel Makes No Progress On Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 11:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado task force wrapped up a final task force meeting on Monday with no consensus on what marijuana-infused foods and drinks should look like. The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be...

Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M KS Plant

November 18, 2014 11:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas. The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers based, is based in Kansas City. It is working with the Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group. The two groups formed...

When Fake 'Super Meat' Is Better Than The Real Thing

November 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can...

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Fire Destroys One Of Spain's Largest Meat Plants

November 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by Harold Heckle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An official says a fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. A city government spokesman says the blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant, where 1,000...

VT Fights Industry's Bid To Block GMO Law

November 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. Attorney General Bill Sorrell said on Monday that his office on Friday had filed legal papers at the U.S. District Court in Burlington...

McDonald's Refuses To Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported...

Judge: KY Must Approve Sale Of Alcohol Distributor

November 14, 2014 6:10 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky judge has ordered the state to approve the sale of a small distributor to Anheuser-Busch in a decision that could lead to legislative fight when the General Assembly returns in January. Franklin circuit court Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ordered the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage...

Cold Front Helps Wake Up Wheat And Corn Prices

November 14, 2014 1:10 pm | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wheat and corn prices are surging this week as temperatures plunge in the U.S. Plains states and after a government report showed domestic supplies slipped.                           

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2 Developers Sue Hawaii County To Halt GMO Law

November 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.                            

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                        

Monsanto To Pay Wheat Farmers

November 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.                 

Brazil's Drought Brews High Coffee Price

November 14, 2014 9:52 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Coffee drinkers hold on to your wallets. The worst drought in 80 years has hit Brazil, the world's biggest producer and exporter of coffee, and prices have surged to their highest levels in two years.         

Purdue Economist: Turkeys Will be More Expensive This Year

November 12, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Purdue University agricultural economist says Thanksgiving food shoppers will find adequate supplies of turkeys but possibly at higher prices, depending on the type and whether grocers pass increases on to customers. Corinne Alexander tracks food...

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Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 11, 2014 5:03 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations. Delays have also hit shipments of autos, smartphones, and numerous other products as...

Hellmann's Owner Sues Over Company's Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise. The food company Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word "Mayo" in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators...

EU Nations Could Get Power To Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc. Tuesday's vote on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, must still be converted into...

Former Mamtek CEO Gets 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 10, 2014 7:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground. Bruce Cole, 67, of Beverly Hills, California,...

USDA Approves GMO Potato

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals. Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. developed the potato, and it was approved by the...

Name Confusion Causes Meltdown For Chocolate Maker

November 10, 2014 12:43 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What's in a name? For the Belgian chocolate maker Libeert, it might just be its fate as a company. Originally called Isis, orders have recently drastically slowed due to confusion about the name. A full transition to the new name "Libeert," will be complete by January 2015...

Showdown Looms As CA Discusses Pesticides

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the...

Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 7, 2014 2:27 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland. He discusses the importance of innovation to Coca-Cola's business model...

IN's Main Lake Michigan Port Has Busiest Year In Decade

November 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say increased shipments of grain and steel are leading to the busiest year in more than a decade at Indiana's main Lake Michigan port. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor surpassed its previous five-year average of total annual shipments by the end of...

NRA Blocks Ban On Serving Dog, Cat Meat In PA

November 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Thanks to pressure from the National Rifle Association, people remain free to dine on dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" explains how Pennsylvania butchers selling dog and cat meat brought upon a House bill designed to outlaw the human consumption of common household pets...

Despite Losses, GMO Label Backers Aren't Quitting

November 6, 2014 2:06 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the end, not even Oregon's backyard chicken owners and vegan foodies had enough money and clout to persuade voters to pass a ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. Oregon is the fourth state in the West that has failed to pass a...

Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use and a measure in Alaska holding a steady lead. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on...

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