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European Council agrees to allow member states to restrict or ban cultivation of GMOs

9:31 AM MDT | June 12, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Council has reached agreement that provides for a two-step procedure enabling European member states to restrict or even ban the cultivation of authorized genetically-modified organisms (GMO) on their respective territories, the European...


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US confirms antidumping duty on calcium hypochlorite imports from China

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EU survey of pesticide residues in food: More than 50% of samples show no detectable residues

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Methanol to be submitted to RoI under Reach

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