August 6, 2007 |
Placido Osuna points to a crudely stitched scar on his belly and thanks God for the little green herb that his sons encouraged him to grow instead of tobacco and cotton. "Stevia saved my life," says the 68-year-old farmer, dressed in flip-flops and an open shirt, with a machete tucked into his belt.
September 12, 2011 |
The Minnesota food company that recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey last month linked to a salmonella outbreak is pulling an additional 185,000 pounds of turkey for the same reason. The voluntary recall, announced Sunday by Cargill Inc., comes in the wake of one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history: As of mid-August, health officials had linked a strain of salmonella found in contaminated turkey products to 111 people falling ill in 31 states and at least one death in California.
March 5, 2009 |
Amid deepening shortages of food and household supplies, President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered the seizure of a Venezuelan unit of U.S. agriculture giant Cargill, the latest in a series of takeovers of foreign-owned companies. In a speech during a ministers' council meeting broadcast over state-run television, Chavez also threatened to seize control of privately owned Polar, the country's largest food conglomerate and brewer.
November 23, 2013 |
The meat industry is a global business, but many consumers don't realize how far their hamburger may have traveled to end up on their plates. New federal labeling rules set to take effect Saturday will illuminate that process by requiring meatpackers to list where livestock was born, raised and slaughtered. Current law requires companies to list all countries involved in these steps, but it doesn't require them to be specific about which activities took place where. The new rules update a law known as country-of-origin labeling.
October 15, 1985 |
The richest of the rich in America is worth $2.8 billion, while the poorest of the rich checks in at a mere $150 million. But who's counting? Forbes magazine, that's who, and its 1985 list of the nation's 400 richest people is topped by Sam Moore Walton of Bentonville, Ark., who has made $2.8 billion through his Wal-Mart discount stores. Walton, who danced a hula on Wall Street last year when profit goals were met, replaced Gordon Getty, the front-runner for the past two years.
September 12, 2012 |
What to do if you don't like/disagree with the findings of a scientific study? For some, it appears that the answer is to start a petition to have the study retracted, and to accuse the researchers of bias and being in the pay of nefarious industry concerns. After days of heated reaction to a study published last week about organic foods, north of 2,900 people have signed the petition, at change.org, calling for the paper to be withdrawn. Here are the nuts and bolts of the report by Stanford University scientists, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine : The researchers pooled together studies addressing the health benefits of organic and conventionally grown foods.
February 23, 2013 |
As business classes get underway at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, MBA students open their laptops and professors fire up PowerPoint presentations in many classrooms. In the Executive Mind class, however, professor Jeremy Hunter pulls out decidedly different tools: a brass singing bowl and leather-wrapped mallet. The chimes from three strikes on the bowl quiet the dozen or so students, who have put away smartphones and other devices. They close their eyes.
March 25, 2007 |
Authorities shut down an important deep-water Amazon River port owned by Minnesota-based Cargill Inc., saying the U.S. agribusiness firm failed to provide an environmental impact statement required by law. The move by federal police and environmental agents to close Cargill's controversial soy export terminal was a major victory for environmentalists in Santarem, a jungle city about 1,250 miles northwest of Sao Paulo.
June 6, 1997 |
Despite severe food shortages and months of negotiations, North Korea backed out of a rare deal to buy wheat from the U.S. in exchange for zinc. As the grain was about to be delivered by freighter last week, North Korea's Communist government told Cargill Inc. it would not follow through on a deal to trade 4,400 tons of zinc for 20,000 tons of wheat, according to Cargill spokeswoman Lori Johnson. She said the wheat was sold to another customer.