October 17, 2001 |
Farmers will be allowed to continue growing genetically engineered corn after the government decided the corn isn't a threat to human health or the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency is renewing for seven years registrations for varieties of biotech corn that produce their own toxin to kill an insect pest, a moth larva called the European corn borer. The crop is known as Bt corn for a bacterium gene that it contains.
October 29, 1987 |
In a barn in Farragut, Iowa, Vice President George Bush reached into a bin and sifted through stored corn--tons upon tons of it. At this particular farm, government-subsidized corn from the harvests of 1984, '85, '86 and '87 is piled up, awaiting buyers. The farmers looked at Bush looking at their mountains of surplus corn. And they asked what, as President, would he do to make it right? Well, consider the Southern California barbecue, Bush replied.
October 31, 2000 |
The Environmental Protection Agency said it will give consumer, food, farm and grain groups 30 days to offer suggestions on Aventis' request for four-year approval of a biotech corn blamed for a series of recalls and widespread food testing. The EPA also said it would hold a scientific review meeting in late November on whether enough evidence exists to determine if the European company's genetically modified StarLink corn can cause food allergies among some people.
July 16, 2003
EXCELLENT article on corn ("Ripping Into Summer," July 9). As an old corn breeder for General Foods and Birds Eye, I found it accurate and interesting. There are few of us outside the Central and South American highlands who even know how to spell teosinte, let alone who have seen or grown it. Sweetness is the consumer's index of freshness, but it is at the expense of real corn flavor. The consumer has voted for sweetness over flavor. In the future, the standard of identity for sweet cob corn will be the super-sweets, and only us old-timers will remember Jubilee.
November 8, 2000 |
Japan, the single biggest buyer of American corn, resumed its purchases with a 127,000-ton order days after the U.S. government agreed to begin testing to prevent StarLink gene-spliced corn from tainting exports, the U.S. Agriculture Department said. U.S. and Japanese officials spent two weeks negotiating a testing plan to satisfy Tokyo's demands that StarLink be prevented from contaminating any corn shipments.
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September 28, 1987 |
Scientists have successfully produced new, higher-yielding breeds of corn that consistently have faster rates of photosynthesis, the life process that green plants use to make food, the Agriculture Department said. Doyle B. Peters, a research leader in the department's Agricultural Research Service at Urbana, Ill., said the seven-year project, now in its final year, leaves "no doubt that we have bred corn that manufactures its food more efficiently."
November 8, 2000 |
Canada imposed a $1.58-per-bushel duty on imports of U.S. grain corn destined for provinces west of Ontario, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency said. The agency said a preliminary investigation showed that U.S. grain corn, used primarily for livestock feed, was sold in Canada at prices that were an average $1.01 per bushel "below profitable levels." The agency said the corn was subsidized by an average of 57 cents per bushel. The U.S.
May 26, 1989 |
For some people summer doesn't start until the green corn tamales make their annual appearance at El Cholo, 1121 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. If you're among them, summer is about to begin. The tamales officially go onto the menu Thursday, but you don't have to wait that long. El Cholo will celebrate the start of the season Tuesday with a party on the patio. It begins at 6 p.m. with Mexican dancers, seafood, soft tacos, mariachis and green corn tamales. The price is $25 per person; for reservations call (213)
October 27, 2000 |
Government officials have tracked down all but 1.5% of a corn crop that is not approved for human consumption but that found its way into the food supply, the Agriculture Department said Thursday. That leaves 1.2 million bushels of the 80 million-bushel crop unaccounted for, down from 4.5 million bushels that could not be traced as of early this week.
July 18, 2007 |
HOW to choose among the seemingly endless array of tortillas available in Los Angeles? The Times tasting panel met last week to give it a try. Joining me on the panel were food editor Leslie Brenner, assistant food editor Betty Hallock, staff writer Charles Perry, test kitchen director Donna Deane and recipe tester Noelle Carter. We tasted handmade corn tortillas purchased from area markets, tortillerias and taquerias, including Los 5 Puntos on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, El Parian on West Pico Boulevard, Olvera Street's La Luz del Dia and Tonny's in Pasadena.