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Bayer sells animal health division for $7.6 billion, denies deal prompted by glyphosate-cancer lawsuits

Eddy Wax | 
Agriculture and pharmaceutical giant Bayer [August 20] agreed [to] a $7.6 billion deal to sell its animal health business to ...
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Bipartisan congressional group urges FDA to develop ‘workable’ GMO, CRISPR-edited animal rules

Ryan Mccrimmon | 
More than 20 House Energy & Commerce Committee members sent a letter to acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless on [July 26] ...
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Time to ‘liberate’ UK farming from EU’s anti-GMO rules

Arthur Neslen, Eddy Wax | 
In his first prime ministerial speech [July 24], Boris Johnson called for a “liberation” of the U.K.’s bioscience sector after ...
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FDA rejects call for USDA takeover of CRISPR gene-edited animal regulation

Liz Crampton | 
The Food and Drug Administration is standing its ground in the latest battle over its regulatory turf, warning livestock groups ...
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Viewpoint: France’s bad science—its stances on food safety and GMOs at sharp odds with European scientists

Eline Schaart | 
Paris is worried that the whitening additive that makes sweets gleam — titanium dioxide, also called E171 — and is ...
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Trump executive order streamlining biotech rules won’t speed CRISPR animal approvals, livestock industry says

Arren Kimbel-Sannit | 
The executive order that the Trump administration announced [in June 2019] to streamline the approval process for agricultural biotechnology has ...
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Austria considers ban on Bayer’s weed killer Roundup as heated glyphosate-cancer debate continues

Judith Mischke | 
Austria is heading toward a likely ban of glyphosate this year after the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) backed the Social ...
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EU health commissioner: Anti-vaccine, glyphosate ‘conspiracy theories’ threaten Europe with ‘new middle ages’

Eddy Wax | 
Europe’s Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on [June 7] warned that conspiracy theories were winning the argument against science in Europe ...
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Bayer to appeal $2 billion glyphosate-cancer verdict with EPA Roundup assessment excluded from trial

Liz Crampton | 
Bayer plans to make the EPA’s safety endorsement of a chemical in Roundup central to its case as the company ...
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Sen. Chuck Grassley: EU hostility to biotech, conventional agriculture shouldn’t be allowed to ‘scuttle’ trade talks with US

Chuck Grassley | 
When trade representatives visit me to discuss biotechnology products, often the first thing I do is eat a genetically modified ...
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French President Macron pledges glyphosate ban, halving of pesticide use by 2025 as EU election nears

Emmet Livingstone | 
Emmanuel Macron’s EU election campaign, dubbed Renaissance, finally released its manifesto for the European election taking place later [in May 2019] ...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes breakup of agribusiness ‘mega-mergers’ in bid to woo farm belt states

Liz Crampton | 
Bernie Sanders on [May 5] released a sweeping rural and agriculture plan that targets big companies and calls for more ...
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FDA hires staff to streamline biotech animal evaluation amid calls for USDA regulation take over

Helena Bottemiller Evich | 
The FDA has expanded its capacity to handle scientific and risk-based evaluation of biotech animals, the agency’s acting commissioner said ...
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USDA endorses G-20 commitment to science-based policy, sustainable farming technology

Ryan Mccrimmon | 
USDA officials signed on to a G-20 statement backing the development of climate-smart technology and promoting science-based decision-making. Top USDA ...
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Costly glyphosate-cancer legal battles spark Bayer shareholder ‘revolt’

Eddy Wax, Maxime Schlee, Simon Marks | 
You can't blame the Americans at Monsanto any more. Europe's most politically inflammatory chemical — the ubiquitous weedkiller glyphosate — ...
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Food companies pursue ‘glyphosate free’ certification as Roundup-cancer legal battle rages

Ryan Mccrimmon | 
Companies are increasingly enrolling in a voluntary certification program that provides glyphosate-free labels for their products, as consumers grow more wary of ...
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Bayer lawsuits: USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue defends glyphosate before House appropriations subcommittee

Liz Crampton | 
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue....defended the use of the weedkiller Roundup after two cases resulted in multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against Bayer ...
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EPA may override state pesticide regulations, including stricter dicamba weed killer rules

Liz Crampton | 
State regulators are worried that the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to override them on a host of pesticide ...
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Viewpoint: EU neonicotinoid insecticide restrictions could ‘disrupt global trade flows’

Simon Marks | 
Farmers and the agri-chemical industry are criticizing the European Parliament for seeking to export the EU’s stringent standards on pesticides ...
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As EU glyphosate-cancer debate rages, 4 countries may take over herbicide safety evaluation from Germany

Simon Marks | 
France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden have agreed to take over from Germany as the lead countries responsible for assessing ...
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Farm groups push USDA oversight of gene-edited animals, potentially sparking new regulatory battle with FDA

Liz Crampton | 
Livestock groups are aggressively pushing for regulation of the budding sector of gene-edited animals to be moved from FDA to ...
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As AquAdvantage salmon heads for US, Sen. Lisa Murkowski vows continued GMO labeling fight

Ryan Mccrimmon | 
More than three years after FDA approved genetically engineered salmon as safe for human consumption, it looks like the product ...
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Biotech industry, USDA hype CRISPR gene-editing benefits to avoid second GMO safety debate

Liz Crampton | 
The U.S. agriculture industry is trying to get ahead of any backlash over gene-edited foods and win over the public ...
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US pushes China to speed biotech crop approvals, import more ethanol as trade talks continue

Catherine Boudreau | 
The Trump administration is pressing China to approve biotech corn traits and import more American ethanol and a byproduct of ...
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USDA moves to streamline biotech crop approvals by updating 30-year-old regulations

Liz Crampton | 
USDA’s new regulation updating its plant biotechnology guidelines is being reviewed by [the Office of Management and Budget], suggesting it’s ...
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EU has ‘no plans’ to revise its strict regulations on gene-edited crops, European Commission official says

Emmet Livingstone | 
A European Commission official said [January 7] that Brussels has no plans to “put forward new legislative proposals” on genetically ...
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USDA, FDA announce plan to split regulatory oversight of lab-grown meat

Ryan Mccrimmon | 
The Agriculture Department and FDA laid out new details on [November 16] about how the two agencies plan to split ...
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European Commission science advisers say political decision limiting crop gene editing will leave Europe a technological straggler

Simon Marks | 
Laws in the EU should be changed to allow plants developed through controversial gene-editing techniques to be more easily put on ...