BASF said it will "discontinue the pursuit of regulatory approvals for the Fortuna, Amadea, and Modena potato projects in Europe because continued investment cannot be justified due to uncertainty in the regulatory environment and threats [over the destruction of crops]."
Environmental activists have destroyed genetically modified crops on fields in Europe for fears they might harm health and erode biological diversity.
BASF also said it will continue its crop biotechnology business in the U.S. and has added corn as a target crop under its fungal resistance research.
But the company has stopped its research and development activities into nutritionally enhanced corn in the U.S. "as part of a continuous review of the project portfolio."
The discontinuation will result in the closure of several BASF field sites in the U.S. with around 40 positions being eliminated, the company added.
A $93 million settlement was reached last February with residents who said Monsanto polluted their community by burning waste from production of the defoliant Agent Orange.
St. Louis-based Monsanto had agreed to pay up to $84 million for medical monitoring and $9 million to clean up 4,500 homes. Monsanto also agreed to pay legal fees.
The Monsanto plant in Nitro produced herbicides, rubber products and other chemicals. The plant’s production of the defoliant Agent Orange created dioxin as a toxic chemical byproduct.
Dioxin has been linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, endometriosis, infertility and suppressed immune functions. It builds up in tissue over time, so even small exposures can accumulate to dangerous levels.
Multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer in the United States, is an incurable malignancy involving the white blood cells that normally produce antibodies. As the disease progresses, the multiple myeloma cells accumulate in the bone marrow, causing painful bone lesions and preventing normal blood cell production.
"Our hope is that the fluorescent assay we have developed will help physicians monitor the newest treatment option for multiple myeloma patients and determine how well it is working," said Hawley.
Hawley and his team of researchers reported a test that could be used to detect the multiple myeloma cells that survive chemotherapy and are responsible for disease relapse (referred to as tumor-propagating cells).
BURLINGTON, VT. — As the campaign to label food products made with GMO ingredients moves across the states, including Vermont, Ben & Jerry's is proud to stand with the growing consumer movement for transparency and the right to know what’s in our food supply by supporting mandatory GMO labeling legislation.
Ben & Jerry's has a long history of supporting transparency and a consumer's right to know. The ice cream maker led the fight that began in 1993 for the right to label its products rBGH free*, and the company has stood firmly in opposition to cloned and GMO animals, including cows and salmon.
“While a single, unified national standard would be preferred over a state by state approach, we believe success at the state level will ultimately lead to a national standard,” said Rob Michalak, the company’s Global Social Mission Director.
For products sold in all markets outside of North America, Ben & Jerry’s ingredients are sourced non-GMO. Currently in North America, 80% of ingredients by volume are sourced non-GMO. The company acknowledges that it still has some difficult work to do, but it plans to complete the transition by the end of 2013.
“All of us at Ben & Jerry's are proud to stand with the growing movement of citizens, farmers, suppliers, companies, and others, in demanding the right to know what's in the food we eat,” added Michalak.
Robin Roberts returned to the NYC set of "Good Morning America" this morning -- the first time since undergoing a bone marrow transplant surgery -- for a private "GMA" test run to see if she's physically ready to come back to the show.
Just last week, Roberts explained that she would be doing a series of doctor-approved "dry runs" before officially re-joining the show.
"My doctors want me to see how many people I actually come in contact with," Roberts said ... "How my body reacts to the stimulation, that's code word for stress, of being in the studio environment."
She added, "My skin is very sensitive and so we have to see how it reacts to the studio lights. My vision is still a little blurry from the treatment. All of this is getting better day by day so that is the next step."
Last year, 51-year-old Roberts was diagnosed with MDS -- or myelodysplastic syndrome -- a disease of the blood and bone marrow that was once known as preleukemia.
Roberts vowed to return to the show ... and it looks like she's going to keep her promise.
"Opponents have bombarded Dow and U.S. regulators with an array of concerns about Enlist, which is intended to replace Monsanto Co.'s successful Roundup Ready system. Genetically altered Roundup Ready corn and soybeans now dominate the U.S. corn and soybean market."
A controversial new biotech corn developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical,, will be delayed at least another year as the company awaits regulatory approval amid opposition from farmers, consumers and public health officials.
Coeur d’Alene Press - Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:00 am
| Updated: 1:08 am, Sun Jan 20, 2013
One man's war on the ravages of Agent Orange claimed a small but
important victory recently during a trip to Washington, D.C.
Dick Phenneger is a local veteran, pilot and businessman who has
been working feverishly to raise awareness and, ultimately, responsibility for
the devastating effects of Agent Orange on generations of U.S. military and
their families. Phenneger's campaign to help veterans has been featured in The
Press, including a story last June about Phenneger and his nonprofit
organization, Veteran Services Transparency, launching a survey campaign in
North Idaho that brought in more than 100 responses from local veterans who
believe they suffer from the effects of Agent Orange.
A number of those surveyed have been denied
benefits for medical help, and that's the prime impetus for Phenneger's
mission: He believes the federal government, starting with Congress, should be
far more accountable in treating a host of Agent Orange-related diseases and
illnesses that mounting medical evidence suggests should be the government's
Maybe U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, a former state legislator and governor
now in the fifth year of his first term as a U.S. senator from Idaho, doesn't
think so. For his trip to our nation's capital Jan. 8-12, Phenneger had a
twice-confirmed personal appointment with Sen. Risch and a key member of his
staff. Instead, a young underling was sent out to meet with Phenneger, who
offered to come back later in the week to meet with the senator. The offer was
declined and no effort was made by staff to apologize or attempt to reschedule.
Phenneger still made the most of his trip. He had what he
described as productive meetings with key staff from U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo's and
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador's office. Phenneger's most promising contact, however,
came with two committees of the nonprofit Vietnam Veterans of America
organization. Leaders of the committees were so impressed with the data
Phenneger has gathered and the manner in which he's running his grassroots
campaign that they indicated an interest in creating a national program modeled
after what the Post Falls resident is doing.
We are disappointed that after having agreed to meet, Sen. Risch
did not believe the message was worth hearing from a constituent who took the
time and trouble to travel all the way across the country to meet with him
personally. We encourage the senator to review the material Phenneger left
behind and to discuss it earnestly with the rest of the Idaho delegation.
to do so won't dissuade Phenneger, but it's likely to disappoint Idaho's
136,000 or more veterans. And yes, they vote.
Ric and I had a pleasant, quiet NY Eve. We went to Applebee's for an early dinner, then returned home, sipped on bubbly and watched the Twilight Zone marathon. (as per usual)
New Year's Day was BIG FUN. As the crispy roasted pig tails were such a hit with the kids last year, Dom brought over 6 pounds of them up for our dinner.
We were hoping to have the entire gang over, but Tony had to work and Richard was sick. So it was just the gals and their kids.
I cooked our traditional pork loin roast, sauerkraut, country style ribs, mashed potatoes and baked apples. (With pig tails coming out of the oven all day....I think that bro was getting nervous about all of the greasy little fingers!)
So..... Ric headed back to work on the 2nd, and I flew home on the 3rd. Had a lovely visit. Thanks, Ricky! xoxo
Lifelong dear friend, Amy, drove down from Newbury (childhood hometown) with her 2 children on Friday.
They picked me up at Ric's while he was at work. We checked into the Holiday Inn Express about 5 miles away.
Great price, great room, great pool, great location. We had a view of a cornfield, which was loaded with Canadian Geese and rabbits. The snowfall topped it off!
Ric picked us up when he got off of work. We went to a really cute place, Mimi's Cafe. He thought I'd like it because of the New Orleans theme. Like I said, "cute". Period. I'll never return. Nevertheless, we had a very fun evening.
We awoke Saturday morning to a surprisingly nice breakfast buffet. Eggs, meats, yogurts, cereals, breads, the works. Yummy.
Spent some time in the pool, then hopped in Amy's car and went to Toot's for a pitcher of beer and nibbles for the little ones. This joint is maybe 1/2 mile from Ric's place. Have been stopping here for years. Fun place.
Later that night, we caught a cab to my favorite local Mexican restaurant, Abuelo's
Had a wonderful dinner, margaritas and an uneventful cab ride back to our hotel. (This was Ursula and Elsa's first taxi ride!)
More snow, a little television, then awoke Sunday for another nice breakfast and sad goodbyes.
Spent the day with Ric watching football all day. 'Twas a lovely weekend.
Christmas day was very nice. I cooked my traditional 22# Martha Stewart Turkey and all of the yummy sides for Ric and Dom. Just the three of us. Sipped on Merlot all day. Dinner turned out great. (Man, I make a helluva turkey!)
Wednesday was alot of fun, too. As Dom bought himself a new tractor, he told me to go ahead and pick out a new HD TV. Found the one that the 3 of us loved at a local Best Buy and ordered it online.
Then, headed into beautiful "OLD LOVELAND" A charming little area on the river with antique shops, bike trails, train track.... very quaint.
We stopped at our favorite little joint in the neighborhood, Cindy's Friendly Tavern, for a couple of beers then headed home for leftovers. Open faced turkey and gravy on rye.... my favorite!
Dominic hit the road on Thursday. His truck was happy to return to the Deep South.
Celebrating 29 years of marriage in December '17. After over 7 years of remission, Dom's Multiple Myeloma (Cancer of the blood plasma cells- attributed to Agent Orange Exposure while Dom served in Vietnam) has returned. Much of this blog concentrates on our adventure leading up to a Stem Cell Transplant, his remission, and our new adventure.