Daily Harvest -- 4/25/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Food industry ready to take Vermont biotech labels to court
- (Subscriber only) The food industry is sending signals that it will go to federal court again to overturn a Vermont state law that would require food labels to disclose ingredients derived through biotechnology.
New York Times: Provision Could Limit U.S. Food Aid
- An obscure provision tucked inside a Coast Guard spending bill could prevent millions of people in troubled countries around the world from receiving American food aid and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in shipping costs, the Obama administration said this week.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Feedstuffs: General Mills expresses support for GMOs, biotechnology
- General Mills recently released its 2014 Global Responsibility report in which it affirmed biotechnology as key to addressing feeding a growing population.
Financial Times: Starbucks gets its teeth into food
- (Subscriber only) Americans are buying more croissants and breakfast sandwiches to go with their Starbucks lattes, lifting sales growth at US coffee shops and prompting the company to raise its 2014 profit forecast.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: President Obama talks trade with Japan
- (Audio) President Obama met with the prime minister of Japan this week and talked trade. He said they are closer to agreement in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on issues like automobiles and agriculture.
Los Angeles Times: Obama and Japan's Abe fail to reach trade accord
- The U.S. and Japan failed to reach agreement on free-trade talks as President Obama left Japan on Friday without the breakthrough needed to advance a key element of his broader agenda of strengthening America's hand in Asia.
Associated Press: US, Japan Say Pacific Trade Talks Make Headway
- Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement.
Wall Street Journal: Commodity Markets Shift to Brighter View of China
- World commodity markets are turning more positive toward China as the country continues to import massive amounts of resources like iron ore, copper and soybeans even as economic growth slows.
Reuters: Brazil investigates possible mad cow case
- Brazil is investigating a potential case of atypical mad cow disease, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, just over a year after several countries banned Brazilian beef imports when a similar case of the disease was confirmed.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress
- By enlisting the might of major restaurant chains and retailers — including Walmart, which signed on this year — the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has pressured growers that produce 90 percent of Florida’s tomatoes to increase wages for their 30,000 workers and follow strict standards that mandate rest breaks and forbid sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
Politico: Peter King urges immigration reform
- A House GOP lawmaker is urging Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring up immigration reform, saying it would benefit the nation and the Republican Party to undertake an overhaul that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
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