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  • June 22- A widely used farm chemical used as a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4- D, was made by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • PARIS, June 14- French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal has asked garden shops to stop over-the-counter sales of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller as part of a wider fight against pesticides seen as potentially harmful to humans. "France must be offensive on stopping pesticides," Royal told France 3 television on Sunday. The International Agency...

  • PARIS, June 14- French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal has asked garden shops to stop self-service sales of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller as part of a wider fight against pesticides seen as potentially harmful to humans. "France must be offensive on stopping pesticides," Royal told France 3 television on Sunday. The International Agency for...

  • PARIS, June 14- French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Sunday she would ask garden shops to stop selling Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller as part of a wider fight against pesticides seen as potentially harmful to humans. "I have asked garden shops to stop sales of Monsanto's Roundup." The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of...

  • LONDON, June 4- Johnson Matthey, the world's largest autocatalysts maker, said on Thursday that it expects its performance to improve in the next financial year as it posted a small increase in annual profit, helped by higher sales of catalysts in Europe. "In 2015/ 16, Johnson Matthey's continuing businesses are expected to deliver good underlying growth... we...

  • LONDON, June 2- Aluminium premiums have gone into meltdown. In Europe, the premium for duty unpaid aluminium has collapsed from more than $400 per tonne over London Metal Exchange cash at the start of January to less than $100 per tonne last month. In Japan, the opening premium offers for third-quarter shipments are coming in at $130- 160 per tonne, compared with $425...

  • LONDON, June 2- Aluminum premiums have gone into meltdown. In Europe, the premium for duty unpaid aluminum has collapsed from more than $400 per tonne over London Metal Exchange cash at the start of January to less than $100 per tonne last month. In Japan, the opening premium offers for third-quarter shipments are coming in at $130- 160 per tonne, compared with $425 in...

  • DETROIT, June 1- Takata Corp has told U.S. safety regulators it will no longer use a volatile chemical in its air bag inflators. The agreement to cease using ammonium nitrate was detailed by Takata executive Kevin Kennedy, in written testimony ahead of a hearing before a U.S. House panel on Tuesday. Discovery of a root cause of Takata's air bag problems "is not...

  • Twenty-four scientists representing WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer will analyze scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4- D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France. A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto...

  • Twenty-four scientists representing WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer are set to analyze scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4- D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France. A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Russia's EuroChem is open to selling potash fertilizer together with rival Uralkali once it finishes building two mines, but it is too soon to pursue the idea, a senior executive in the private company said on Thursday. EuroChem, which has revenues of $5 billion, expects to complete construction of its Volgakaliy and Usolskiy mines in Russia's...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- Fertilizer producer ICL Israel Chemicals is interested in buying phosphate assets in Brazil and also sees a good fit with Chile's SQM, as it looks to expand into Latin America, its chief executive said on Wednesday. CEO Stefan Borgas did not say how much he was prepared to spend on acquisitions, but said he favors an integrated approach to growth,...

  • Brazil is one of the world's biggest agricultural producers and its biggest buyer of pesticides, according to Phillips McDougall, a Scotland- based agricultural consultancy and research firm. Those manufacturers, prosecutors said, include the Brazilian units of BASF, DuPont, Monsanto, Nufarm, Syngenta, Adama, FMC and Nortox. During the inspection in Sapezal, a...

  • Lee Kyung- hoon's dramatic gesture- a show of resolve to heal internal dissent amid stalled wage talks- succeeded by one measure: 2011 was one of just four years in the last 28 when Hyundai's Korean factory workers didn't walk off the job. "If we don't get tough, the company will not listen to us," said a worker at Hyundai's huge factory complex in Ulsan who asked not to be...

  • May 15- As seed and chemical maker Monsanto Co. woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, Monsanto also is trying to win over consumers in key international markets, rolling out social media and marketing campaigns. U.S.-based Monsanto said it has recently launched interactive consumer-oriented websites in China, France, India, Argentina and Brazil, in...

  • BOGOTA, May 15- Colombia will suspend aerial fumigation of illegal coca plants in light of a number of studies linking the herbicide used to cancer, a move which marks the end of a decades-long strategy in the country's fight against drug trafficking. Colombia, which produces some 300 tonnes of cocaine per year, has fumigated illicit coca crops for two decades...

  • Syngenta rejects $45 billion Monsanto takeover bid Friday, 8 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET
    Corn plants growing in a greenhouse at the Monsanto Chesterfield Village facility in Chesterfield, Missouri in 2010

    Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal, three sources familiar with the matter said.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 8- Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal that would create an industry behemoth with combined sales of more than $31 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said. Swiss crop chemicals maker Syngenta is working with Goldman Sachs to assess the merits of a sale to the...

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 7- Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal that would create an industry behemoth with combined sales of more than $31 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said. Swiss crop chemicals maker Syngenta is working with Goldman Sachs to assess the merits of a sale to the...

  • May 6- U.S. fertilizer producer CF Industries reported lower first-quarter profit on Wednesday, with the drop reflecting a one-time gain a year ago from the sale of its phosphate business. Net earnings fell to $231 million or $4.79 per share from $708.5 million or $12.90 per share a year earlier. Net sales dipped 16 percent to $954 million, reflecting the sale of...