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EU Approves Controversial Bayer-Monsanto Merger

EU Approves Controversial Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The European Union approved Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto, a major hurdle in the $66 billion merger that would create the world’s largest integrated seed and pesticide conglomerate. The European Commission said the German chemical-maker’s takeover of the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant is “conditional on an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties’ overlaps in seeds, […]

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    EU Approves Controversial Bayer-Monsanto Merger

    EU Approves Controversial Bayer-Monsanto Merger

    The European Union approved Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto, a major hurdle in the $66 billion merger that would create the world’s largest integrated seed and pesticide conglomerate. The European Commission said the German chemical-maker’s takeover of the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant is “conditional on an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties’ overlaps in seeds, […]

    ‘Historical Mistake’: Green Groups Decry EU’s Glyphosate License Extension

    ‘Historical Mistake’: Green Groups Decry EU’s Glyphosate License Extension

    By Julia Conley Green groups and public health advocates on Monday denounced the European Commission’s vote in favor of extending the license of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide which scientists have labeled as a “likely carcinogen.” Eighteen member states of the European Union approved of the use of the weed-killer’s use for […]

    Report: Global Food Chain Increasingly Threatened by Corporate Consolidation

    Report: Global Food Chain Increasingly Threatened by Corporate Consolidation

    By Jessica Corbett As the European Commission considers a proposed mega-merger between Bayer and Monsanto, new research published Tuesday illustrates how corporations are monopolizing the global food system—jeopardizing consumer choice, labor conditions and efforts to eradicate world hunger. The Agrifood Atlas (pdf), which was jointly published by two German foundations and Friends of the Earth […]

    Exxon, Shell Censured for Claiming Natural Gas Is ‘Cleanest’ Fossil Fuel

    Exxon, Shell Censured for Claiming Natural Gas Is ‘Cleanest’ Fossil Fuel

    By Farron Cousins For many years, a standard talking point from the fossil fuel industry and those who speak on the industry’s behalf has been that natural gas is a cleaner alternative to conventional energy sources like coal and oil. This talking point is at least partially responsible for many people—including former President Barack Obama […]

    50% of EU Residents Could Be Generating Their Own Renewable Energy by 2050

    50% of EU Residents Could Be Generating Their Own Renewable Energy by 2050

    By Nadia Prupis A people-powered energy revolution—an era in which people can produce their own electricity—is possible, and could happen soon, according to a new report released Monday by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE). birgstockphoto.com The report, The Potential of Energy Citizens in the European Union, finds that over half the […]