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Two varieties of Monsantos corn are currently being reviewed by the USDA One variety claims to increase ear biomass size to boost yield The other is genetically engineered to resist applications of glyphosate and also stave off corn rootworm a bug that feeds on corn roots during its larvae stage For the latter Monsanto built off its current Bt corn technology to offer enhanced control of target insect pests and prolonged durability of existing Bt technologies designed to control corn rootwor

5@5: FDA postpones glyphosate residue testing | Thorne Research to move cross country

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

FDA suspends testing for glyphosate residues in food

Earlier this year, the FDA said it would begin including glyphosate in its pesticide residue testing program for certain foods like corn, soybeans, milk and eggs. But establishing a standard methodology and acquiring the right equipment has apparently been a challenge for the agency—so much that it's put glyphosate testing on hold. An FDA spokeswoman said as soon as it can validate its testing methods, testing will resume, but the timeline for when that will happen is uncertain. Read more at Huffington Post...


Supplements maker moving HQ, rest of business to Charleston region

Thorne Research Inc. is moving out of its Idaho corporate headquarters and building a 270,000-square-foot supplement manufacturing facility and headquarters in Summerville, South Carolina. Read more at The Post and Courier...


Family Natural Foods celebrates 70 years

Founder Frank Hittner left his job at General Mills in 1945 to open the Wisconsin Rapids-based natural foods store, which went on to be run by his son and grandchildren. Read more at Daily Tribune...


Election 2016 results: Food-related ballots

While the presidential race stole the headlines, important food issues like minimum wage, grocery bag bans and farming rights measures were on ballots throughout the country on Tuesday, too. Read more at Eater...


On tiny island farms, biodiversity is a way of life

Small-scale farmers in the Caribbean are helping preserve crop varieties. "The farmers know that to keep the soil healthy and food production up, they need the wild trees and native shrubs," says a coauthor of a recent study on a remote mountain region of Jamaica, where farmers grow an average of 87 plant varieties for one plot of land. Read more at National Geographic...

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