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As Scientists Question New Rat Study, GMO Debate Rages On

Scientists question the methods and results of a new study showing harm to rats fed a diet of GMO corn and herbicide. But the debate is far from settled as interest groups call for a ban and governments ask for further studies.
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FDA Weighs Federal Standard To Limit Exposure To Arsenic In Rice

Levels of inorganic arsenic found in rice worry some, but the FDA says more study is needed before it would recommend consumers change their diets. If you're worried, vary the grains in your diet and swap out sweet potatoes for rice as baby's first food, consumer groups say.
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Chick-fil-A Welcome In Chicago, Alderman Says, After Renewed Pledge Of Respect

Statements issued by the company today are nearly identical to an earlier one it made. But a Chicago lawmaker says he has gotten the fast-food chain to state it is company policy not to discriminate against anyone because of sexual orientation.
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McRib Fans May Have To Wait Till Christmas For Their Sandwich Fix

Fans complain as McDonald's delays this year's pork-a-licious McRib sandwich to boost an anticipated slump in winter sales. The sandwich is a food engineering marvel of pork trimmings pressed into a boneless rib shape, topped with pickles and barbecue sauce, sandwiched on a bun.
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U.S. Explodes Atomic Bombs Near Beers To See If They Are Safe To Drink

In the midst of the Cold War, many worried about securing a source of safe, drinkable water after a nuclear explosion. The results of a 1957 U.S. government study show that a post-bomb bottle of beer could be a fairly safe, but not tasty, substitute.
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So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away

The farm bill is likely to be left on the table when Congress leaves for recess, but don't panic. The nutrition and commodity programs will likely be extended after Election Day at current funding levels for a while, if the last session is any guide.

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