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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Developers of a biological product that would enable corn to grow its own pesticide say they will seek permission from federal authorities to test the product in four states. The bioinsecticide was developed by Crop Genetics International Corp. of Hanover, Md., and is aimed at controlling the European corn borer, a pest estimated to cause more than $400 million damage to the nation's corn crop, said John Henry, the company's president and chief executive.
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BUSINESS
November 18, 2009 | By Steven Mufson
The nation's largest producer of corn-based ethanol said it has slashed the cost of producing cellulosic ethanol from corncobs and that it would be able to compete with gasoline in two years. Poet LLC, which currently produces 1.5 billion gallons a year of ethanol from corn, said its 1-year-old pilot plant has reduced the cost of making ethanol from corncobs to $2.35 a gallon from $4.13 by cutting capital costs and using an improved "cocktail" of enzymes. Moreover, the company said it could use a byproduct called lignin as fuel and that it would provide all the energy needed for the cellulosic plant as well as 80% of the energy that would be needed by a conventional corn-based distillery making twice the amount of ethanol.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2001 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 29, 1987 | John Balzar
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.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2000 | Reuters
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.
FOOD
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.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2000 | Reuters
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1987 | Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports and
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Rosa Vasquez and her two kids reached a fork in the corn maze and paused. "This is hard," said Vasquez, 33, of Reseda, who brought a bottle of water. "We should've brought something to eat. We're going to leave dying of hunger and from the heat." Luckily, like all participants, the family carried a tall red flag to make it easier for park staff to find them. Then a voice over the intercom said: "If you feel you've been at the same place two or three times, you probably have and you're lost.
FOOD
July 18, 2007 | Amy Scattergood
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.
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