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Exclusive: U.S. seed sellers push for limits on Monsanto, BASF weed killer

Beck’s Hybrids and Stine Seed, the country’s largest independent seed brokers, have told Reuters they want regulators to ban dicamba weed killer during summer. By limiting spraying to spring, farmers would not be able to apply the chemical on Monsanto’s resistant soybeans—or damaging non-resistant soybeans, which happened last year when the herbicide drifted onto nearby farms. Read more at Reuters


Kroger begins test of grocery delivery with self-driving vehicles

It’s not as Jetson-esque as piloting a flying car, but it might be close: Some Fry’s Food Store (a Kroger brand) customers in Scottsdale, Arizona, can receive a grocery delivery from a self-driving car. For now, the company is using a fleet of self-driving Toyota Priuses, but this fall, they’ll roll out the Nuro R1 robot delivery pod. Read more at Supermarket News ...


Massachusetts governor wants public health oversight for raw milk

When Gov. Charles D. Baker vetoed a bill that would have broadened the distribution of raw milk through farm stands and community-supported-agriculture programs, he also called on lawmakers to toughen regulation of unpasteurized milk to reduce the related risks of milkborne illnesses. Read more at Food Safety News


Washington judge just dealt a blow to the youth-led fight over climate change

A judge in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday told a group of 13 plaintiffs between 8 and 18 years old not to be discouraged, but he had to dismiss their lawsuit against the state. The state constitution does not guarantee a right to a healthy environment or a stable climate, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott said. Read more at Mother Jones


Hurricane Maria stirred up dangerous pollutants on this Puerto Rico waterfront

A nearby mountain range protected the Puerto Rican town of Guanica from the most destructive forces of Hurricane Maria last year, but the town’s bay didn’t escape unscathed. Long-hidden PCBs were stirred up—levels are now 10 times higher than before the hurricane struck. Read more at Grist

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