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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 22nd, 2015
For the third consecutive time, Dow Chemical has failed to turn up before a court here in connection with the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy case following which the hearing has been posted for July next year.This is the third time that Dow, which wholly owns Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), ignored summons of the district court here and failed to appear before it on Saturday.Tons of toxic Methyl... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 22nd, 2015
By: James GallagherBacteria that resist the most common antibiotic of last resort - colistin - have been discovered in the UK.Officials say the threat to human health is low, but is under ongoing review. Scientists warned the world was on the cusp of a post-antibiotic era when such resistance was discovered in China last month.Now checks have discovered the same resistance on three... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 21st, 2015
BHOPAL: Leaders of the five organisations of the survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today condemned the United States government for its attempt to protect Dow Chemical from ongoing criminal proceedings in the Bhopal District court. They said that today was the third time that Dow Chemical had ignored the notice to appear in the Bhopal district court. They said that the US... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 19th, 2015
By: Ed HammondChina National Chemical Corp. improved its offer to buy Syngenta AG, proposing a complex two-stage takeover that would mark the biggest-ever acquisition by a Chinese company, people with knowledge of the matter said.ChemChina, as the state-owned company is known, offered to purchase 70 percent of Syngenta now, with an option to acquire the remaining 30 percent of the company at... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 19th, 2015
Dec 18 Indian oilseeds rose on Friday after local markets received news that the Philippine Supreme Court last week banned the import of genetically modified organisms (GMO), a move that is seen as helping India's faltering oilmeal exports, traders said.* The January soybean contract on the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange surged 3.75 percent to 3,792 rupees ($57.16) per 100 kg,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 19th, 2015
Dec 18 Agrochemicals company Syngenta is ready to discuss deals with the whole industry, including the world's largest seed company Monsanto, its Interim Chief Executive John Ramsay told a news agency on Friday.The seeds and crop industry is currently undergoing a major shake-up, with chemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co announcing an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion just last... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 19th, 2015
By: Andrew ChungDow Chemical Co failed in an attempt to rescue two of its patents from invalidation and salvage $30 million in damages in a decade-long feud with Nova Chemicals Corp when a U.S. appeals court declined to rehear its case on Thursday.The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, while a victory for Nova and its attorneys from Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 18th, 2015
By: Brady DennisThe sprawling federal spending bill unveiled this week on Capitol Hill included a small passage with potentially big implications in the food world.In two paragraphs on page 106, lawmakers instructed the Food and Drug Administration to forbid the sale of genetically engineered salmon until the agency puts in place labeling guidelines and "a program to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 18th, 2015
By: Enrico Dela Cruz and Manolo Serapio JrThe Philippine government said it will challenge a ban on GMO imports ordered by the country's top court, after the ruling rattled global markets this week over the threat of disruption to millions of tonnes of soybean meal shipments. Last week, the Supreme Court struck down a 2002 government regulation that allowed the import of genetically... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 18th, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerThe 2009 page federal spending bill unveiled early Wednesday morning contains laguage forcing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize guidelines for the labeling of genetically modified salmon — a victory for advocates seeking mandatory labels on all foods made with GMO products.The $1.1. trillion bill to fund the government through September 2016 contains... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 17th, 2015
By: Kate KellandBritain should challenge "woefully inadequate" European regulations and launch field trials of genetically modified insects that are designed to wipe out disease-carrying bugs that harm crops and people, lawmakers said on Thursday.An influential committee of parliament's upper house said GM insects, such as mosquitoes altered to be sterile or "self-limiting... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 17th, 2015
By: Willy BlackmoreThe must-pass omnibus bill, expected to be signed into law, includes a number of food-policy-related riders.Thanks to an omnibus spending bill revealed Wednesday that’s widely believed will pass both the House and the Senate by the end of the week, there will be no government shutdown this year. But the bill is packed with a lot more than budget numbers and tax breaks:... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 16th, 2015
By: Alice BaghdjianA group of Syngenta AG shareholders have increased pressure on the Swiss pesticide maker to talk to “all interested suitors” after a planned merger between rivals Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. and renewed interest from China National Chemical Corp.Dow and DuPont on Friday announced plans to merge in the largest ever deal in the chemicals industry. Their... more

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