Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Bushmeat &c.

Hunting and butchering of bushmeat is infecting people in Central Africa with a new virus, scientists say.

U.S. authorities have widened an investigation into whether Monsanto Co. engaged in improper business dealings in Indonesia, the company said on Monday.

The new issue is whether a former outside consultant to Monsanto made an improper $50,000 payment in early 2002 to an Indonesian government official at the direction of a former Monsanto employee, the company said.

Japanese consumer groups have warned that they will stop buying wheat from Canada if the country approves Monsanto's genetically modified wheat.

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