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Frito-Lay Unveils Quieter Compostable SunChips Bag

February 25, 2011 3:35 am

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Frito-Lay hopes to make some big noise with a quieter version of its biodegradable SunChips bag. The company introduced a biodegradable bag for the snacks in April of 2009 with a big marketing effort to play up its environmentally friendly nature as it was made from plants and not plastic and could break down in compost.

India Allows Environmental Claims Against Coca-Cola

February 25, 2011 3:33 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian state has passed a law allowing residents to seek compensation from soft drink giant Coca-Cola for alleged environmental damage from a former bottling plant. Coca-Cola Co.'s Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages, says the legislation passed Thursday by Kerala state is "devoid of facts, scientific data or any input from or consideration given to" the company.

Shoppers Find Modified Foods Unavoidable

February 25, 2011 3:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects, and corn and soy are common food ingredients.

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Photo Of The Day: Swimming With 'Frankenfish'

February 25, 2011 3:17 am

(AP) — This undated 2010 handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. The Agriculture Department approved more genetically engineered crops in the last month, and the Food and Drug Administration could approve modified salmon for consumption in 2011.

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EU To Allow Traces Of GMO In Feed

February 23, 2011 3:48 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union committee on Tuesday approved rules that would allow the import of animal feed contaminated with small traces of genetically modified crops. The EU Commission and Parliament are expected to accept the rule by this summer, which would change the bloc's attitude toward biotech food.

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Anti-Doping Agency Wants Info On Chinese Tainted Beef

February 23, 2011 3:46 am

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked China for information on the use of steroids in raising cattle after some athletes blamed their positive doping tests on tainted beef. "There seems to be some evidence that some beef in China may have been stimulated in their growth by the use of steroids," WADA director general David Howman said Tuesday.

$10M Rice Mill To Be Built In La.

February 23, 2011 3:44 am

MER ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $10 million rice mill will be built in Morehouse Parish, creating 22 jobs, Louisiana economic development officials said Tuesday. The Kennedy Rice Mill, a subsidiary of Kennedy Rice Dryers, will be the only rice mill from the Arkansas border to Interstate 10.

Colorado Seeks Repeal Of Soda Tax

February 23, 2011 3:41 am

DENVER (AP) — Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks would get a little cheaper in Colorado under a Republican plan to repeal sales taxes on soft drinks, but the proposal faces an uphill climb against the state's budget crunch and rising obesity rate. Coloradans didn't pay the 2.9 percent sales tax on sodas until March 2010, when lawmakers looking for money and ways to confront obesity levied the tax on soft drinks and candy.

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Molson Coors Agrees To NHL Sponsorship Deal

February 23, 2011 3:38 am

TORONTO (AP) — Molson Canadian is set to become the official beer of the National Hockey League. Current beer sponsor Labbatt Breweries objected, saying it has already agreed to terms on a renewal. Terms of the seven-year deal announced with Molson on Tuesday weren't disclosed. "It's a monster deal," NHL chief operating officer John Collins said in an interview.

Photo Of The Day: Mapping The Strawberry Genome

February 23, 2011 3:19 am

(AP) — Plant molecular biologist Janet Slavin holds a yellow woodland variety of strawberry that has been genome sequenced, at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. The wild strawberry has been added to the short list of foods whose genomes have been mapped, and scientists say they hope the work will help them produce better strawberries faster than they could with traditional plant breeding.

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Deep Discounts Cut Campbell's Profit

February 22, 2011 4:06 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Campbell Soup Co. sold more cans of soup in its fiscal second quarter, but at such deep discounts it drove down the company's profit. The quarterly decline was expected, but it came with some other bad news from the food maker. The outlook for the rest of the year is cloudy enough that Campbell lowered its full-year earnings and revenue guidance for the second time in about three months.

Puerto Rico Suffers Corned Beef Shortage

February 22, 2011 4:03 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Sure Puerto Ricans can get fresh beef at the supermarket. But what many crave — and can't get — comes out of a can. A national shortage of canned corned beef caused by a recall has hit especially hard in the U.S. Caribbean territory, a place where the sodium-rich, cholesterol-laden product is a regular part of some beloved local specialties, such as the fritters known as alcapurrias.

USDA Invests $3.2M To Grow Broccoli In East

February 22, 2011 4:00 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A cool microclimate in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains has allowed farmer James Light to grow broccoli in quantity enough to supply a small chain of supermarkets. Along most of the East Coast, however, the broccoli piled up in produce crispers has traveled thousands of miles from the West Coast in refrigerated trucks, typically at a cost of $6,000 a tractor load.

Beer: The Latest Sports Drink

February 22, 2011 3:58 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Beer. It's not just for couch potatoes anymore. A Bavarian brewmeister is touting its no-alcohol beer as the latest sport drink for athletes, handing it out at the finish line of sporting events and touting its regenerative benefits. Unlike Gatorade, Erdinger Alkoholfrei is served up with a frothy head.

Wal-Mart's U.S. Sales Continue Downward Spiral

February 22, 2011 3:54 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 27 percent increase in fourth-quarter net income as the world's largest retailer benefited from cost-cutting and strong sales overseas. But a key revenue measure in the company's U.S. business fell for the seventh quarter in a row and came in worse than Wal-Mart's own projection.

Activists Menace Whalers Into Halting Hunting Season

February 18, 2011 4:12 am

TOKYO (AP) — Anti-whaling activists' high-seas confrontations with Japanese ships forced Tokyo to cut short its annual Antarctic hunt Friday for the first time, a move touted as a victory by the protesters. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society — which has thrown paint and rancid butter at the whalers and tangled ropes in their propellers — said it would continue its campaign next year.

Va. Panel Targets Booze On Billboards

February 18, 2011 4:08 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A House committee is trying to undo a court-approved agreement between the state and a major outdoor advertising company that allows billboard liquor ads in Virginia for the first time. Lawmakers learned only this week of a consent decree regarding Lamar Advertising Co.

China Randomly Testing Milk Supply For Deadly Chemicals

February 18, 2011 4:05 am

BEIJING (AP) — China has warned dairy producers that inspectors are on alert for fresh milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine and another toxic substance extracted from leather scraps. Both additives — melamine and hydrolyzed leather protein — would make dairy products made with watered-down milk appear to have normal amounts of protein.

Tyson Calls Pollution Study 'Unreliable'

February 18, 2011 4:03 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Evidence dismissed as "junk science" during Oklahoma's fight against pollution from the Arkansas poultry industry has been accepted for publication in a scientific journal, but chicken growers and a lawyer specializing in environmental law say the research provides no smoking gun.

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