Monsanto

Morning Round-up
8:37 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 17, 2012

The Missouri Senate has voted to add cell phones to the state's no-call list for telemarketers.
(via flickr/papalars)

Missouri Senate votes to allow cell phones on no-call list

The Missouri Senate has passed a measure that would let people put cell phone numbers on the state's no-call list for telemarketers. The Senate voted 34-0 Thursday, to expand the list which is currently limited to land lines.

The measure would also forbid telemarketers from sending unwanted images or text messages to cell phones on the no-call list. 

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Food & Agriculture
6:35 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Analyzing what we eat: a conversation with author and food activist Michael Pollan

Author and self described "food advocate" Michael Pollan.
(Ken Light)

Michael Pollan thinks of himself as a writer, professor…and eater.  But many people would call him a food activist. The author of controversial books like The Ominvore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan is known for his vivid critiques of industrial agriculture and the modern American diet.

Pollan is in St. Louis today for the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University. He recently spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra about his views on food and agriculture – starting with what he sees as a healthy diet.

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Monsanto - Farm Labor Conditions
5:09 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Argentina says Monsanto contractor abuses workers

(via Flickr/Dodo-Bird)

Updated 5:09 p.m.

Argentina's tax agency has accused a Monsanto contractor of what it calls slave-like conditions among workers in its cornfields.

The Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP) says Rural Power SA hired all its farmhands illegally, restricted them from leaving the building where they were housed, and withheld their salaries.

The 65 workers had to de-tassel corn 14 hours a day and buy their food at inflated prices from the company store.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

(via Flickr/danieljordahl)

Smoking opponents are back to the drawing board in St. Charles County

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Monsanto - Dupont Lawsuit
2:33 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Monsanto and DuPont back in court over corn patents

(via Flickr/Dodo-Bird)

DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred International is suing Monsanto for allegedly violating DuPont patents related to corn seed production.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court, the Iowa-based seed company accuses Monsanto of using a patented technique developed by DuPont to enhance corn seed germination. The technique involves defoliating the corn plants with herbicides between pollination and harvest.

DuPont alleges that Monsanto has been using this defoliation technique at its research site in Constantine, Michigan.

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Grow St. Louis
12:53 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Monsanto launches new competitive grants for non-profits

Hugh Grant, the CEO of Monsanto, announces the company's Grow St. Louis program, where non-profits and charities compete for up to $15,000.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Building on the success and popularity of Pepsi Refresh and similar programs, Monsanto has launched its own competitive grants for St. Louis-area non-profits.

"We're asking St. Louis to nominate, and subsequently to vote on their favorite schools, their favorite agencies, their favorite non-profits," said Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant at Tuesday's announcement of the Grow St. Louis program. "They'll have the opportunity through that voting system to win a grant. It's kind of like American Idol without the music."

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Monsanto & BASF
12:37 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Updated: Monsanto shares up, but no plans for buyout from BASF

Outside Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 2:05 p.m. April 12, 2011:

Reuters has now updated its story to indicate that a buyout is not in the plans:

Germany's BASF SE (BASFn.DE) has no plans to buy global biotech seed company Monsanto Co (MON.N), sources with knowledge of the situation said on Tuesday.

Rumors that a buyout was imminent sent shares of Monsanto Co (MON.N) up as much as 4 percent while shares of BASF, the world's largest chemical maker, fell 2.8 percent to 62.59 euros.

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Biotech Agriculture
12:32 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Monsanto and Sapphire Energy to collaborate on algal gene research

Flasks of Algae at the Sapphire Energy Lab in San Diego. (Sapphire Energy, Inc.)

Monsanto is entering a multi-year research collaboration with San Diego-based Sapphire Energy.

Sapphire specializes in genetically-engineering algae with the goal of producing drop-in replacements for fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

The collaboration between Sapphire and Monsanto will focus on identifying genes that positively affect growth in algae and that might also increase agricultural crop yields.

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Monsanto Sugar Beets
4:38 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Monsanto Roundup Ready beets given approval for spring planting

Fields of sugar beets, Monsanto's Roundup Ready brand to be exact, are now eligible to be planted this spring. (via Flickr/Dag Endresen)

Farmers will be able to plant Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beets this spring.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that planting could continue while the Agency completes an Environmental Impact Statement.

The beets have been genetically-engineered to tolerate Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

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Biotech Agriculture
6:16 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

USDA gives full approval to Monsanto's genetically-modified alfalfa

Alfalfa fields in Idaho. (Flickr Creative Commons user Sam Beebe/Ecotrust)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it has decided to allow unrestricted commercial planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa.

The alfalfa has been genetically-engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate, known commercially as Roundup.

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