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Study finds not all neonics equal when it comes to risks to bees

Clothianidin, the active ingredient in Poncho and Prosper, may have got a bad rap

A group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids that has been banned in Europe due to fears about potential harm to bees has been found in new research to have very differential risks for bumblebees. Scientists who conducted the research said their findings showed that at least one neonicotinoid in the banned group — clothianidin […] Read more


A cheese wheel backs up this deal

An Italian company is selling bonds based on Parmesan

An Italian dairy co-operative has sold bonds backed by Parmesan cheese, the company said, a rare example of one of the country’s plethora of small firms raising funding on capital markets. Three years of recession have choked bank lending and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government is trying to encourage firms to raise money elsewhere and […] Read more



Japan’s beef bowl to get price hike

Japanese fast-food company Yoshinoya Holdings Co. said Dec. 9 it would raise the price of its signature beef bowl dish — long a symbol of the deflationary economy — for the first time in 24 years due to higher import costs. The move marks a much-needed win for the central bank, which is struggling to […] Read more




GRAINS-Corn falls on forecasts of ideal harvest weather

SYDNEY, Oct 21 (Reuters) – U.S. corn futures fell on Tuesday as forecasts for dry weather fuelled expectations that harvesting would progress rapidly. FUNDAMENTALS * Chicago Board of Trade front-month corn fell 0.22 percent to $3.47-1/2 a bushel, having gained 0.1 percent in the previous session. * Front-month soybeans were unchanged at $9.44-1/4 a bushel, […] Read more