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2012-03-15 08:00:00

The Seed Production industry consists of large corporations that develop and supply genetically modified (GM) seeds to corn, soybean and cotton farmers. During the five years to 2012, the federal government´s energy mandates have spurred demand for ethanol, aiding revenue growth. In 2007, revenue jumped 16.4%, supporting the five-year estimated average increase of 8.7% from 2007 to 2012. Also, global shortages of key commodities like wheat and cotton drove the price of these crops up and...

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2012-03-12 10:26:26

The corn rootworm -- one of the most economically destructive insects of maize in the United States -- is threatening to become agriculture´s worst nightmare as biotech corn is continually losing its resistance to the damaging pests. The problem is so severe that a group of scientists wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warning that action needs to be taken to rid agriculture of the devastating insects. The problem was first made aware of last year, when...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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