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Agriculture Report

Lawsuit Against Monsanto

By Fadi Didi

Suit over toxic industrial chemicals in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades.

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A lawsuit has been filed in Washington State against agro-chemical giant Monsanto.

It is over pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades.

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson say they expect to win hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars from the company.

Scott Partridge at Monsanto says the case is experimental,  because it seeks to target a product manufacturer for
selling a lawful and useful chemical used decades ago.

He says PCBs have not been produced in the U.S. for four decades, adding the case lacks merit.


Ottawa is providing 1 million dollars to help the pork industry sell its products.

The money will help fund new imaging technology to improve the quality of pork cuts being sold to buyers here and around the globe.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says the hope is to improve the value of each hog by as much as 15 dollars.

New scanning technology will build 3D images, which will be used to map out desirable traits in pigs. Those that best fit the bill will be selected to populate future generations.


The minister responsible for Saskatchewan's Water Security agency is introducing amendments to how agricultural drainage complaints are handled in the province.

Scott Moe says it encourages producer co-operation through the formation of watershed associations and allows for producer-led projects.

The new process is focused on ensuring drainage projects can be permitted when they have downstream landowner permission to drain and are draining into an adequate outlet.

This replaces the previous formal complaint process which could take up to two years before some resolution could take place.


A judge says trucks carrying 450-thousand tons a year of treated human waste may resume dumping it as fertilizer on Kern County farmland.

The Los Angeles Times says a Superior Court judge ruled that state law pre-empts a voter-passed county initiative that banned the dumping.

Judge Lloyd Hicks also ruled there's no evidence of human health risk from dumping the waste on a farm the city of Los Angeles purchased in 1999.

Kern County has battled Los Angeles over the waste issue since voters overwhelmingly adopted the ban in 2006.

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