Daily Harvest -- 5/7/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Court upholds EPA on 2013 RFS
- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a petition by Delta Air Line's jet fuel subsidiary challenging EPA's 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard.
Kansas City Star: GMO labeling bill passes legislative hurdle
- A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly.
Washington Post: Labor plans fast-food protests for US, overseas
- Labor organizers say they’re planning another day of fast-food protests next week, with coordinated actions expected in the U.S. and more than 30 countries this time around.
Bloomberg: Food Industry Braces for Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law
- Kraft Foods Group Inc. (KRFT) and other packaged-food giants are facing a prospect they’ve dreaded for years: a state law requiring them to label products containing genetically modified organisms.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease
- The fact is, there has never been solid evidence for the idea that these fats cause disease. We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics and bias.
Kansas City Star: New snack rules coming to schools
- They certainly have new rules, handed down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Beginning July 1, it will extend regulations beyond breakfast and lunch to all food and drinks sold during the school day.
Washington Post: Did the FDA ‘reverse course’ on a rule regarding brewers?
- FDA officials said that the regulation would still apply to breweries and other food processors, but that the language would be clarified to make it clear that spent grains are a low-risk product that will only require adherence to good manufacturing practices already in force.
Los Angeles Times: Want to really appreciate your food? A higher price may do the trick
- Price affects consumer satisfaction, and getting a deal doesn’t necessarily make diners like their food better, according to researchers at Cornell University who frequently study human behavior and eating habits.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China lifts ban on Virginia poultry
- China has lifted a seven-year ban on poultry imports from Virginia. The move could further facilitate exports of U.S. poultry and poultry products to the world's biggest nation, USDA said in a statement.
Wall Street Journal: China Launches New Round of Pork Stockpiling in Bid to Boost Prices
- China's government opened a new round of stockpiling for its pork reserves Wednesday, its second bid this year to try to boost prices for the country's favorite meat from their lowest levels in almost four years.
Bloomberg: High-Speed Trades Outpace CFTC’s Oversight, O’Malia Says
- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission isn’t keeping up with high-speed derivatives trading and needs to invest in tools to detect manipulative and disruptive practices, said Scott O’Malia, a Republican commissioner.
NPR: The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food
- In recent years, the effort to bring the Mafia under control in Sicily has spilled over into the world of food. Today a movement of small organic agricultural cooperatives has sprung up across the island to farm land once confiscated by the Mafia and bring these goods to a global market.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Rice land valued at $13.5 billion of managed wetland habitat, DU says
- A new study by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited puts a price tag on what it would cost to replace U.S. rice fields with natural wetland habitat for wildfowl - and it wouldn't be cheap. The cost - a whopping $3.5 billion.
Kansas City Star: Climate change to make Great Plains hotter, drier
- Climate change will bring more drought, fierce storms and searing heat to the Great Plains, causing hardships that will test the region's legendry capacity to cope with severe weather, says a report by the National Climate Assessment.
CNN: Climate change is here, action needed now, says new White House report
- Climate change is here and will only worsen. Get used to more flooding, wildfires and drought, depending on where you live. Cities and states across America already are spending lots of money to respond.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack joins farm workers in call for immigration reform
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined the president of the United Farmworker on a conference call Monday to discuss the importance of immigration reform for California’s agricultural economy and rural communities.
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