Lead Stories

7:11am

Tue April 28, 2015

5:00am

Tue April 28, 2015
Agriculture

Corn Lawsuits Underscore Chinese Influence On American Grain Farms

In 2013, China discovered in U.S. corn a genetically engineered trait that, although permitted in the U.S., had not yet been approved in China.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

It’s planting time for Midwest farmers and much of the corn they grow will end up feeding livestock in China, which has become a huge importer of grain from the Corn Belt. That means the farmers can’t just select seeds based on which ones will get the best yield. They have to think about where their grain will be sold.

China has its own rules for the kind of crops it wants and when American farmers don’t comply, China can close off its market.

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4:06pm

Mon April 27, 2015
Agriculture

Chipotle Says It's GMO-Free

Credit Mr.TinDC / Creative Commons

Chipotle Mexican Grill has completed a task that remained elusive for years: removing all food products derived from genetically engineered crops from its menu.

The Denver-based company is the first national restaurant chain to make the change.

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3:26pm

Mon April 27, 2015
Politics

Lawmaker Pay Comes Up As Colo. Legislature's Close Draws Near

Jim Hill KUNC

A bill to raise the salaries of elected officials in Colorado is expected to be introduced in the final days of the legislative session. A measure has been in the works for months.

Statewide elected officials in Colorado have not received a raise since 1998. The state's governor ranks 47th in the country in terms of salary, earning $90,000.

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7:00am

Mon April 27, 2015
Capitol Conversation

Fed Land Control, I-70 Tread Bills Debated At The Capitol As Time Ticks Down

KUNC File Photo

As the state Legislature enters the home stretch, lawmakers recently debated a measure to study whether to transfer federal lands to the state. Another bill aimed at relieving congestion on Interstate 70 heading through the mountains also became contentious. There's not much time left for these debates, the annual session ends May 6.

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