While the U.S. gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve, allowing American businesses to keep selling specific products to the Chinese firm, it also added more affiliates of the...Technologyread more
United States Steel Corp will temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with...US Marketsread more
Home Depot's CEO said the retailer cut its outlook partly due to "the potential impacts to the U.S. consumer arising from recently announced tariffs."Retailread more
The report comes as Trump in recent days has lashed out over media reports about growing recession fears.Politicsread more
The attacks come after state and local ransomware attacks in New York, Louisiana, Maryland and Florida resulted in the loss of significant sums.Technologyread more
GE kicks off a new week after some crazy moves. Two traders urge caution.Trading Nationread more
Porsche and Apple believe music streaming is the next advancement for in-car entertainment. The luxury automaker and tech giant are teaming up to allow drivers of the all-new,...US: Consumer Servicesread more
J.P. Morgan advised clients in a note early Tuesday that it was time to buy shares of Beyond Meat again.Marketsread more
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the EU that a Brexit deal can still be approved by U.K. lawmakers if Brussels agrees to scrapping the contentious Irish "backstop."read more
Baidu posted better-than-expected earnings for the June quarter, swinging back to profit and managing to stabilize its core ad business.Technologyread more
An exchange-traded fund based in mortgage-backed securities may provide just the kind of stable income investors need in this market, says ETF.com's Dave Nadig.ETF Edgeread more
-minister@ (Adds comments from the minister and industry, context)
SAO PAULO, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Brazil's Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias, responding to criticism from environmentalists, on Monday said the government's recent accelerated approvals of agrochemicals are not detrimental to food safety and the environment.
Dias hailed farmers' efforts at preserving land and said faster approval of agrochemicals means more technology at the disposal of farmers.
She told an industry event in São Paulo that the government and private sector need to coordinate to maintain Brazils reputation as a sustainable producer of farm products.
"We need to win the communication war... We need everyone to speak the same language," she said.
Dias' comments come as Brazil faces increasing criticism, particularly abroad, regarding environmental issues such as deforestation and pesticide regulations. Destruction of the country's rainforest has risen this year as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro prioritizes economic development over protections.
Brazil, as the world's largest exporter of foodstuffs ranging from sugar to coffee to beef, will not compromise food security or the environment by allowing more agrochemicals to be used, she said.
"We are modernizing, bringing in new pesticides, breaking patents and approving new molecules," she told a news conference.
"Brazil was late in relation (to approving) these molecules. Almost all countries use these products, there is a lot of misinformation," the minister said during Brazil's 2019 Agribusiness Congress.
Other participants in the event, which gathered farmers and executives of companies supplying the sector, expressed concern over what they said was damage the government has done to the sector's image.
Roberto Brant, head of the research arm of the farmers' union known as the CNA Institute, said recent developments such as the sacking of the head of the Brazilian space agency after a spat with Bolsonaro related to deforestation data is negative for the sector.
"This government is destroying the image of Brazil's agricultural sector," he said.
Marcello Brito, head of Brazil's agribusiness association ABAG, said farmers should help the government control illegal deforestation.
"It is sometimes happening close to our farms. We should denounce illegal loggers, we should take a leading stance against deforestation," he said.
(Reporting by Ana Mano and Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Dan Grebler)