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June 16, 2016
EU closes in on hormone-disrupting chemicals
Paris (AFP) June 15, 2016
The European Union set broad criteria Wednesday for identifying potentially harmful chemicals which can interfere with the normal functioning of human hormones and cause a range of health problems. Consumer and environmental advocates wanted European regulators to crack down on these potentially harmful, mostly manmade substances called endocrine disruptors. EU rules in 2013 targeted suspected disruptors and the European Commission, the bloc's executive, agreed to define the criteria for identif ... read more

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Climate change will affect farmers' bottom line
Over the next 70 to 100 years, our climate is projected to change dramatically, with major impacts on a wide variety of economic sectors. But the sector that is most likely to be affected by these c ... more
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Dartmouth team makes breakthrough toward fish-free aquaculture feed
Dartmouth College scientists have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most wid ... more
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Study links irrigation to inaccurate climate perception
It's the height of irony. Irrigation systems designed to buffer farmers from the effects of a warming planet may be causing them to think their local area is cooler and wetter than it is, says resea ... more
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Ecologists advise an increase in prescribed grassland burning to maintain ecosystem
Kansas State University researchers have found a three-year absence of fire is the tipping point for the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and advise an increase in burning. A collaborative study, recentl ... more
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EU proposes temporary approval of weedkiller glyphosate
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed to extend approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe for between 12 and 18 months amid disagreements that the chemical could cause cancer. ... more
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Honeybees pick up pesticides from non-crop plants, too
Honeybees acquire pesticides as they collect pollen from non-crop plants, a new study finds. ... more
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In high-rise Hong Kong, fine wines lurk in British war bunker
In high-rise, high-priced Hong Kong, even millionaires don't always have room to store their fine wine collection at home, but a converted British war bunker offers space-crunched oenophiles the perfect solution. ... more
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Bayer CEO invites environmental groups to discuss Monsanto bid
Bayer's chief executive said in an interview published Sunday he is ready to meet environmental groups to address concerns about his group's plans to take over US agrochemicals giant Monsanto. ... more
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Critical factors that determine drought vulnerability of wheat, maize
Researchers led by Lixin Wang, assistant professor of earth sciences in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, have identified critical information about the env ... more
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Study: Farm-raised salmon suffer from depression
Every salmon farm features "drop outs," growth-stunted fish that float lifelessly at the surface of the pond. New research suggests these fish are severely depressed. ... more
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Cambodia's royal oxen predict 'bountiful' harvest despite severe drought
Cambodia may be suffering the worst drought for half a century but a ritual involving royal oxen on Tuesday nevertheless predicted a bountiful harvest this year. ... more
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Drugs and dung a bad mix for climate: study
Scientists have discovered a potential threat to Earth's climate lurking in a dark and smelly place: the dung of cattle treated with antibiotics, a study said Wednesday. ... more
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New confidence in China wine market at Hong Kong's Vinexpo
A slowing economy and a corruption crackdown had led to concerns that China's wine boom had gone bust, but there was renewed optimism at a Hong Kong wine fair Tuesday as the mainland develops more affordable drinking habits. ... more
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Bayer-Monsanto tie-up fuels anti-GM debate in Germany
A proposed tie-up between Bayer and Monsanto may still face numerous hurdles but it has already inflamed opinion in Germany where most people oppose genetically modified foods. ... more
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Bayer targets GM giant Monsanto in biggest German takeover bid
German chemicals giant Bayer said Monday it had offered $62 billion for US agriculture group Monsanto as it seeks to create the world's biggest supplier of seeds, pesticides and genetically-modified crops. ... more
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EU delays re-approval for weedkiller glyphosate
The EU on Thursday failed to agree on the re-approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe amid fresh fears the product could cause cancer. ... more
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A peachy defense system for seeds
Don't eat the core, it's poisonous: it's something parents often say to their children before they eat their first peach. Peach pits, which are hidden inside the nut-like husk, do in fact contain am ... more
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Farms have become a major air-pollution source
A new study says that emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China. The culprit: fumes from nitrogen ... more
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Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects
An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear disti ... more
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Illinois River water quality improvement linked to more efficient corn production
Good news - the quality of water in the Illinois River has improved in one important aspect. A new study from the University of Illinois reports that nitrate load in the Illinois River from 2010 to ... more
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Nation's beekeepers lost 44 percent of bees in 2015-16
Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide ... more
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Researchers help dairy farmers cool cows more efficiently, use less water
In California, every drop of water counts. ... more
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UN panel says weedkiller 'unlikely' to cause cancer
The controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which is used by Monsanto in its herbicide Roundup, is "unlikely" to cause cancer, a United Nations finding said Monday, in a blow to critics who have called for its ban. ... more
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Biofeedback system designed to control photosynthetic lighting
Controlled environment agriculture is rapidly becoming an important part of the global food system. For example, there has been much interest in the potential of large-scale, indoor agricultural pro ... more
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