Ante Upped On Bayer Monsanto Merger – Billions On The Table

The merger would eliminate direct competition between two of the largest players in the traited seed sector, potentially driving up food prices for American consumers.

A protestor demonstrates against Monsanto in the annual world March Against Monsanto.

The possibility of a merger between German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer AG and multinational seed and pesticide corporation Monsanto Co. has just increased with the recent rounds of discussions between the two companies. Having been in discussion regarding Bayer’s potential purchase of Monsanto for some time, Bayer has now suggested

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Mexicans Squeezed By Soaring Lime Prices

The citrus fruit has become such a precious commodity that gangs of thieves are even stealing ‘green gold’ by the ton.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Limes are to Mexican cuisine what olive oil is to Italian food and cheese is to French … you get the idea. Here they squeeze the tangy green fruit over pretty much everything, from tacos and potato chips to fresh mango and coconut. So it’s understandable that a sudden increase in lime prices would leave many Mexicans

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Deep Divide In Congress Over Domestic Food Aid

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okl […]

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees have laid the groundwork this week for reducing the size of the federal food stamp program, approving farm bills that would shrink the food aid and alter the way people qualify for it. The two chambers are far apart on how much the $80 billion-a-year program should be cut, however — reflecting a deep

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House Committee Set To OK Cuts To Food Stamp Funding

The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee is set to consider small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program in an effort to appease conservatives who say the food aid has become too expensive. The cuts are part of a massive five-year farm bill that costs almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural

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Bangladesh Government Announces Plan To Reform Workers’ Rights

The news comes following the collapse of a factory building near Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 garment workers.

On Monday the government of Bangladesh announced it had agreed to allow the country’s garment workers to form trade unions without first getting permission from factory owners. The announcement came after an eight-story garment factory building -- which housed five different garment factories -- collapsed on April 24, killing more than 1,100

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London Exposed: Are the Walls Crumbling Around The World’s Tax Haven?

The City of London’s secrecy is entrenched like medieval walls, protecting the wealth of its barons.

Secrecy is crucial for tax havens and corporate tax evasion. Without it fraud can be prosecuted, money laundering revealed, corruption calculated and justice applied. The City of London’s secrecy is entrenched like medieval walls, protecting the wealth of its barons. Information about how corporations dominate government and public bodies,

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