Daily Harvest -- 7/21/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on school food fight
- The food fight over nutrition requirements in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 will resume Wednesday when Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow holds a hearing on school meal programs across the country.
Agri-Pulse: USDA provides details for PEDv reporting
- (Audio) USDA’s APHIS has released details for pork producers to comply with the federal order to report cases of PED.
Agri-Pulse: Mike Gruber, Vice President for Federal Affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association
- (Audio) At least 30 states have considered additional food label requirements. Vermont recently became the first state to pass their own GMO labeling laws that now are seeing legal challenge from the GMA and others.
Wall Street Journal: Political Dinner Is Served
- Editorial Board: Maybe President Obama is more worried about the youth vote than he lets on. On Friday he and First Lady Michelle Obama managed to convert festivities for the child winners of a recipe contest into a political rally to denounce the greedy special interests who disagree with them.
Farm Futures: EPA Keeps Burning Bridges
- EPA continues to be a bit of a dirty word in the countryside. Despite Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy’s best attempts to clean up the agency’s act and build a bridge with the agricultural community, she keeps finding herself burning bridges.
Sacramento Bee: Cap-and-trade could aid preservation of California farmland
- Proponents believe the idea meshes with a broader vision for urban planning: a California where more people live in compact urban centers, commuting without relying on cars that percolate greenhouse gases into the air.
Wall Street Journal: Juncker Pushes for Higher Energy-Efficiency Target
- The incoming president of the European Commission is taking a tougher line than the current president, José Manuel Barroso.
Business Mirror: Major US firms push for more, easier renewable energy
- Some of the largest companies in the United States have banded together to call for a substantial increase in the production of renewable electricity, as well as for more simplicity in purchasing large blocs of green energy.
Indy Star: At IUPUI 'green energy' center, baked beans are more than food
- The center accounted for almost a third of the 54 patent applications and 69 invention disclosures coming out of IUPUI's engineering school last year. Both the invention and patent counts have more than doubled since 2010.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Financial Times: McDonalds, KFC in China food safety scandal
- A supplier to McDonalds and KFC in China has been accused of supplying rotting meat to the fast food chains and falsifying product expiration dates, in the latest food safety scandal to hit the country.
Politico: Fighting food: Consumers revolt online
- Now consumers can leverage hundreds of thousands of like-minded people in a short amount of time, and companies are finding that it’s smart business — and politics — to respond quickly and decisively.
Wall Street Journal: Yum Brands, McDonald's Suspend China Meat Purchases From Supplier
- Yum Brands Inc. and McDonald's Corp. suspended meat purchases in China from a Shanghai-based, U.S.-owned supplier that is under investigation in the country for allegedly selling expired chicken and beef.
Wall Street Journal: America's Move to Soy Hobbles Dairy
- Shoppers' zeal for healthier foods and beverages has turned the tables on a small soy-milk supplier and its former parent, America's largest milk processor.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
NPR: Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County
- Downtown Los Angeles doesn't look like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. People still water their lawns, wash their cars and fill their pools.
Associated Press: Agriculture Chief Visits Water-Starved Families
- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.
Los Angeles Times: California drought will only get worse, experts say
- California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
National Journal: Do You Like Peaches? Then This South Carolina Farmer Suggests You Like Immigration Reform, Too.
- The 500 Mexican workers who make Titan Farms possible must return over the border at the end of every growing season.
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