Daily Harvest -- 10/9/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: McCarthy drops out of speaker race, stunning fractured GOP
- Kevin McCarthy stunned House Republicans by dropping out of the race for speaker at the last minute, saying he couldn't unify the fractured GOP caucus.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: October 9, 2015: McCarthy and TPP
- (Video) It was a big week in Washington from start to finish. On Monday, international trade negotiators announced an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shocked his caucus on Thursday by deciding not to run in the upcoming speaker election.
Wall Street Journal: Conditions Sour for California’s Dairy Farmers
- California dairy farmers are retrenching amid falling prices and drought in the largest milk-producing state, a shift that could further reshape the U.S. industry by enabling farmers in other states to expand.
Agri-Pulse: NFU, NCGA point to RFS uncertainty as explanation for drop in farm income
- Two agricultural groups released documentation today claiming that uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a major factor in projected drops in net farm income.
Agri-Pulse: Industry hoping for changes in EPA RFS proposal
- (Audio) November 30th is still the deadline for EPA to submit its final rule for volume objections under the RFS for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and no one expects to see it any sooner.
Herald Scotland: Trump takes wind farm fight to Supreme Court
- The outspoken businessman claims the 11-turbine plan for Aberdeen Bay would ruin his golf course at Menie Estate.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Lawyers for Vermont, Grocery Manufacturers spar over GMO labeling bill
- The state of Vermont and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) squared off Thursday in a battle over the nation's first mandatory labeling law for foods made with genetically engineered products.
Ensia: The Complex Nature of GMOs Calls for a New Conversation
- (Opinion) What I’ve come to realize is that GMO stories point to deeper struggles over how science is conducted, interpreted and deployed in the arena of “sustainable food.”
New York Times: Study: Eating Organic Lowers Pesticide Levels in Children
- According to a recent study, children who eat organic fruits and vegetables harbor 50 percent less of two common pesticides in their bodies than children eating conventional diets.
CSPI News Room: FDA Sued for its Failure to Regulate Salt
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest is taking the Food and Drug Administration to federal court over the agency’s failure to act on a 10-year-old petition asking the agency to reduce the excess salt—the main source of sodium—in the food supply.
Huffington Post: Obesity and Food Insecurity: A Public Health Paradox
- (Opinion) Federal programs have greatly improved access to food for low-income families, there is much more that could be done to promote healthier nutritional choices, and combat the co-existence of obesity and food insecurity among low-income populations.
Nasdaq: World Food Prices Rise
- World food prices rose in September for the first time in 18 months, pushed up by higher sugar and dairy prices, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday.
CNS News: Research beefing up steaks, hamburgers with healthy omega-3s
- Health-conscious consumers might be persuaded to eat more beef if it was fortified with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in salmon and walnuts, according to researchers and some ranchers who are feeding cattle flaxseed — even marine algae — with an eye to offering another wholesome dinner choice.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA details TPP benefits by commodity
- USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service has issued commodity-by-commodity fact sheets outlining the reductions in tariffs and increases in import quotas negotiated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Agri-Pulse: John Block on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- (Audio) Regulations will be harmonized, tariffs reduced, and trade will expand between the countries. The nations involved represent 40 percent of the global economy, and that is huge.
Agri-Pulse: Funny, that never happened before
- (Opinion) Kerry McCarthy, a self-described radical vegan, has been appointed the “shadow” minister for agriculture, food and environment in Britain. Surely no major party has ever appointed a minister so hostile to his or her constituents before.
Wall Street Journal: Trans-Pacific Partnership Pact Likely to Further Consolidate Japanese Farms
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would likely spur further restructuring in Japan’s calcified agriculture sector, accelerating a push toward consolidation of small farms and a shift toward premium exports.
Reuters: Pest Blights India's GM Cotton Crop, Fuelling Debate Over Risks
- Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
ABC News: NY governor: Denying global warming isn't a survival plan
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday joined government leaders worldwide in signing an agreement to help combat global warming and keep the Earth's average temperature from rising dangerously.
Reuters: Pressure grows for global climate cash to help hard-hit poor
- As finance ministers from 20 developing states agreed on Thursday to work on boosting funding for climate action, officials and experts called for more finance to protect the world's poor from the effects of global warming.
LA Times: Coastal Commission bans captive orca breeding at SeaWorld San Diego
- The spectacular killer whale shows that have captivated audiences for decades at SeaWorld San Diego but infuriated animal rights activists could be coming to an end.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Eagle Country Online: Indiana Farming Deaths Increased Last Year, But Overall Downward Trend Continues
- The data suggests smaller operations account for a disproportionate share of all documented fatalities, with use of older machinery with fewer safety features a significant contributing factor.
LA Times: Immigration: Quicker release for detained migrants but also greater risk
- This summer, it looked like immigrant family detention centers would be shuttered after a federal judge in Los Angeles found that they failed to meet conditions for detaining children set out in a 1997 settlement.
Agri-Pulse: Farm Credit Council picks Van Hoose as new CEO
- The Farm Credit Council Board of Directors selected Todd Van Hoose to serve as their new council president and CEO, replacing Ken Auer when he retires in early 2016.
Wall Street Journal: New Diet Pepsi Leaves Some Loyalists With Bad Taste
- The new Diet Pepsi is having a rough debut since PepsiCo Inc. replaced the artificial sweetener aspartame with less-controversial sucralose in a bid to reverse plunging industry-wide diet-soda sales.
New York Times: Chick-fil-A and the Politics of Eating
- (Opinion) Spokesmen for Chick-fil-A contend that restaurant openings in New York and Seattle have been among the most successful in the company’s history, which suggests simply that the love of a fried chicken sandwich is universal or, at least to some extent, that the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage has made any question of widespread protest a moot point.
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