Asia curbs US imports of wheat after genetically modified sample found

Billions in food exports at stake following disclosure by US Department of Agriculture of the existence of the GM wheatThe discovery of rogue genetically modified wheat in a farmer’s field in Oregon shook global confidence in the safety of America’s food supply on Friday.Billions in food exports were potentially at stake following the disclosure by […]
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The British don’t want to live in new-build homes. No wonder | Roger Graef

Only well-designed homes with space to live in will appeal to people’s aspirations and tackle the undersupply of housingImagine you’re a salesman trying to sell a brand new car to a group in which only one in every four potential buyers even consider what you offer. Add to that a shortage of loans to buy […]
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Princely opinions: Charles has his say about the running of Britain

Expressing alarm on a range of topics, from the hunting ban to sloppy English, the heir to the throne has sought the ear of parliament before, say insidersDominic Grieve, the attorney general, has blocked the publication of a raft of correspondence between Prince Charles and ministers in seven government departments.It means that at the moment, […]
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Campaign to push organic cotton as sale rises

UK’s £100m organic textile sale figures boost groups urging companies to use ethically produced cropSales of clothing made from organic cotton bucked the gloomy picture for organic products in 2011, rising in the UK by 2% against the year before while food and drink fell 3.7% in the same period.The figures, published by trade body […]
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The era of cheap food may be over

A spike in prices caused by poor harvests and rising demand is an apt moment for the west to reassess the wisdom of biofuelsThe last decade saw the end of cheap oil, the magic growth ingredient for the global economy after the second world war. This summer’s increase in maize, wheat and soya bean prices […]
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General Motors’ Ellesmere Port and Luton plants to close for week

Decision to close two Vauxhall plants for one week comes after warning that eurozone crisis has hit car purchasesGeneral Motors is stopping production for a week at the Vauxhall plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton after warning that the eurozone crisis has hit car purchases on the continent.The sites will stage a “down week” from […]
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Though Greens sometimes get their science wrong, they’re better than most | Sunny Hundal

Some have threatened to quit the party for its stance on GM food, but scientists need to learn to engage with politicsOn a regular basis I see someone complaining they won’t be supporting the Green party because it’s “anti-science”. This isn’t true of course. After some well-deserved criticism, party activists have taken steps to change […]
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‘Team UK’ effort saves Ellesmere Port car plant

Feared closure averted as GM announces that next Astra car model will be built at Merseyside and Polish plantsThe Vauxhall car plant at Ellesmere Port has been saved from closure, preserving 2,100 jobs and creating 700 more, after workers accepted a deal that will result in the next-generation Astra built at the factory.The business secretary, […]
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General Motors saves Vauxhall factory at Ellesmere Port

Feared closure averted as GM announces that next Astra car model will be built at Merseyside and Polish plantsThe Vauxhall car plant at Ellesmere Port has been saved from closure, preserving 2,100 jobs and creating 700 more, after workers accepted a deal that will see the next-generation Astra car built at the factory.The business secretary, […]
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General Motors gives Facebook the boot ahead of $100bn share sale

Withdrawal of one of the world’s biggest advertisers days before stock market sale seen as an embarrassment by analystsGeneral Motors, the world’s biggest car company, has unfriended Facebook just days before the social media giant is planning a stock market sale that is expected to value the company at $100bn.The auto giant confirmed that it […]
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