Daily Harvest -- 7/7/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Smithsonian unveils new 'American Enterprise' exhibit
- (Video) On July 1, the Smithsonian Institution's American History Museum will unveil a new 'American Enterprise' exhibit. The exhibit shows a chronological look at the evolution of American business, including the changes in American agriculture.
Reuters: After coal, can better health save West Virginia?
- In Williamson County, West Virginia, a faded sign welcoming drivers to "the heart of the billion dollar coal field" now competes with billboards for weight loss and pain clinics, and the main street is lined with empty storefronts and pawn shops.
Yahoo News: Chinese families of Yale students grow a garden, tradition
- A once-vacant city block at the northern edge of Yale University now teems with exotic herbs and vegetables, tended carefully by a community of graying people from China who are here to look after grandchildren as their own children cultivate careers at the Ivy League school.
The State: Court: Georgia official can set Vidalia onion packing date
- Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court ruled.
Wall Street Journal: Stopping EPA Uber Alles
- (Opinion) In 2011, when the EPA proposed the anticarbon mercury rule that the court has now ruled illegal, some 1,500 fossil-fuel-fired electric units were in operation. Only about 100 have not already closed or complied at a cost of billions of dollars.
Reuters: Oil rallies after huge selloff, outlook weak
- Oil prices rallied on Tuesday, after one of their biggest selloffs this year, but looked vulnerable to further falls after China's stock market took another tumble and Greece moved closer to leaving the euro zone.
Reuters: South Africa's jobless ignite creative power with solar kits
- Using the kit, an individual can make up to 1,600 rand per month cutting hair five days a week, or at least 1,400 rand by charging up to seven cell phones at once with the device.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Judge invalidates Maui ban on GE crops
- A federal judge has ruled that federal and state law pre-empt a Maui County, Hawaii, ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops and that the ban is invalid.
Agri-Pulse: 2015 World Food Prize Winner
- (Audio) Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has been awarded the 2015 World Food Prize for his work to alleviate hunger and promote global food security.
Washington Post: Why we’re so scared of GMOs, according to someone who has studied them since the start
- As of last fall, nearly 60 percent of Americans believed that GMOs were "generally unsafe." Back in 2000, the population was pretty much evenly split.
Wall Street Journal: Foodborne Illness Risk Lives On
- Preliminary 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show there has been little or no overall reduction in major foodborne infections since 2006.
Washington Post: Starbucks: Prices for some drinks to go up by 5 to 20 cents
- Starbucks is raising prices again – it raised prices nationally a year ago, too – starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.
Washington Post: Don’t twist that Oreo: Cookie gets skinny, ‘sophisticated’
- Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a “sophisticated” snack for grown-ups that isn’t meant to be twisted or dunked.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: Pacific Trade Deal Negotiators See a Wrap in Late July
- With a final accord in sight, the 12 nations negotiating a trans-Pacific trade agreement linking 40 percent of the global economy have set a last round of talks for late July on the remaining issues on the most ambitious trade deal in a generation.
Reuters: Oil palm plantations destroying SE Asia's peatlands: researchers
- Drainage of peatlands to cultivate oil palm in Malaysia's Rajang Delta is causing land subsidence that will bring large-scale floods in coming decades, making the land unusable, a problem also expected to affect Indonesia, researchers warned.
LA Times: Milan's Global Expo tackles planet's food supply issues
- Pope Francis is among those who have praised the expo’s theme of exploring ways to ensure "healthy, safe and sufficient food for all peoples," saying the world's fair can inspire decision-makers to help save the "health of the planet."
Wall Street Journal: Rural India’s Changing Habits Make It Less Vulnerable to Bad Monsoons
- India’s monsoon provides a barometer of the outlook for the countryside for the year ahead but a new report says the rural economy is better protected from poor rains than it used to be.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Farmers the 'losers' as Chesapeake Bay pollution limits upheld
- An appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay, while acknowledging that the regulations will likely hurt farmers.
New York Times: Drought Sends U.S. Water Agency Back to Drawing Board
- The U.S. network of dams, reservoirs and aqueducts captures water as it flows down from Western snowcapped mountains and moves to farms, cities and suburbs. But as the snow disappears, experts say the 20th-century network needs rebuilding if it is to efficiently conserve and distribute water in a warming world.
New York Times: A Knockout Blow for American Fish Stocks
- (Opinion) Two new proposals by the New England Fishery Management Council, a government body responsible for the fisheries in the region, threaten to undo years of work to protect the Atlantic cod and other New England species.
Washington Post: Commercial horseshoe crab fishery in Del. to close July 9
- Fish and wildlife officials say Delaware’s commercial horseshoe crab fishery is set to close as its 154,527 male horseshoe crab quote nears.
Washington Post: Cats may not be as much of a threat to wildlife as previously thought
- Feral cats tend to roam in urban and suburban parks and yards, but they rarely set their paws down in wilder green spaces, according to a new study, and this is good news for wildlife, especially birds, in more rural settings.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: San Francisco Killing Sparks Illegal Immigrant Detention Debate
- The fatal shooting of a woman in San Francisco last week, allegedly by an illegal immigrant man convicted of seven felonies and previously deported to Mexico, has sparked a debate about the extent to which local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities should cooperate.
New York Times: Burt Shavitz, Scruffy Face of Burt’s Bees, Dies at 80
- Burt Shavitz, a rural beekeeper whose homespun marketing for natural personal care products transformed him from an unknown recluse into the familiar scruffy face of a line of balms that healed a million lips, died on Sunday in Bangor, Me. He was 80.
New York Times: Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Using Hemp for Home-Building
- While cannabis has had a long history as a fiber used in ropes, sails and paper products — Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew it — James Savage is among a small number of entrepreneurs who have instead turned to a novel application known as hempcrete.
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