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What Genetically-Modified Means To A Small Farmer In Southwest France

Debate rages over genetically-modified organisms (GMO) used in the agriculture industry, as health experts and environmentalists try to keep a ban in place. In the Gironde region of France, a single corn and vegetable farmer staunchly defends his right to

Feeding the nation (OliBac)
Feeding the nation (OliBac)
Claudia Courtois

CARCANS-MAUBUISSON -- On each side of a long, straight road between Lacanau and Carcans-Maubuisson -- two coastal towns in France's southwest Gironde region -- the cawing of crows echoes along the horizon of cornfields and woodlands.

We have entered Coutin, an agricultural farm of 800 contiguous hectares, where two-thirds of the crops are reserved for sweet corn and corn seed and one third for vegetables destined to be canned. Genetically-modified organism (GMO) techniques have been used here before, and will be used again if the law allows, explains Coutin's owner, Jérôme Hue.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire in a mall hit by a Russian missile strike

Shaun Lavelle, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb after two Russian missiles hit the Armstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kramenchuk. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 1,000 people were inside the mall Monday at the time of the attack.

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For the moment, the death toll is at 18 with 36 people missing and at least 59 injured, reported a regional official on Tuesday. The search and rescue operations continue under the rubble.

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