Daily Harvest -- 10/13/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Lynchburg News and Advance: From field to fork: GMOs and the landscape of agriculture
- In 2014, biotech crops were approved in 37 countries and planted in 28 by more than 18 million farmers. Next year marks the 20th year genetically modified crops have grown in the United States.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Readies for a Return of Bird Flu
- U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and killed more than 48 million birds.
Fox 23: Department of Agriculture: Cattle theft on the rise
- Department of Agriculture investigators say cattle thefts are rampant right now because the price of cattle is higher than normal.
Modern Farmer: Organics Aren’t Just for Hippies Anymore: A Q&A with Bob Scowcroft
- Scowcroft, now retired, shares stories and humor from the early days of organics as a “hippie garden project” and his efforts to shape the movement into a well-respected industry, one that has grown nearly $40 billion in sales and comprises almost 5 percent of the food economy today.
Reuters: Venezuela Calls on OPEC to Control Output, Seeks $70 Floor Price-Ramirez
- Venezuela, whose economy has been decimated by low oil prices, this month will unveil a bold new strategy to revive them, taking a page from OPEC's history books with a proposed price band to build an automatic floor for prices at $70 a barrel.
Wall Street Journal: Cutting Staff Pay to Keep Workers
- As layoffs become the energy industry’s main response to low oil prices, a handful of producers are aiming to trim personnel costs without pink slips by spreading the pain among their employees.
Wired: The nuclear waste startup aiming to rebuild atomic energy
- If you’re like 84 percent of America, you believe that nuclear power should be “very important in the future.” That’s according to a recent phone survey that also people seem to like the idea of nuclear energy, once they know more about it.
FOOD & NUTRITION
NPR: If Big Food Buys Your Favorite 'Natural' Food Brand, Will You Trust It?
- Big food companies are buying up small ones. Honest Tea is now part of Coca-Cola. The French company Danone controls Stonyfield yogurt. Hormel owns Applegatenatural and organic meats.
NBC Sports: Tom Brady calls out Coca-Cola, Frosted Flakes as “poison for kids”
- “I think we’ve been lied to by a lot of food companies over the years, by a lot of beverage companies over the years. But we still do it. That’s just America, and that’s what we’ve been conditioned to,” said Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots.
New York Times: Are Fats Unhealthy? The Battle Over Dietary Guidelines
- (Opinion) Much of what we know about nutrition is based on small, sometimes flawed, short-term studies. Doing more than that is often very difficult and very expensive. But every once in a while, good research does occur that can truly inform our thoughts and decisions on nutrition policy.
Huffington Post: Give Schools the Tools to Solve Cafeteria Challenges
- (Opinion) Studies confirm that under the healthier meal standards, more children are choosing and eating fruit and consuming more of their entrees and vegetables, increasing their nutrient intake and decreasing food waste. Parents and students alike support the healthier meals.
LA Times: Cheers! For those managing diabetes, wine can help, study says
- The new research, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that compared with a nightly glass of mineral water, a single glass of wine--red or white--offered those with well-managed Type 2 diabetes some benefits.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Commodities Prices Are Heating Up on El Niño
- The El Niño weather phenomenon is starting to push up prices for agricultural commodities as its impact spreads through key crop-growing regions in Asia and beyond.
ABC News: UN Appeals for $86M in Food Aid for Zimbabwe
- The country's debilitating economic downturn has made food supplies unstable. The government earlier this year began providing meat from wild animals to prisoners after they rioted over their meatless diet.
Yahoo News: Chinese Firms Buy, Lease Far Less African Farmland Than Thought-Book
- Contrary to reports that Chinese firms were buying or leasing millions of hectares of prime African farmland, Chinese investors have acquired only about 240,000 hectares, according to a book published on Monday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Times: Tribal Official: South Dakota Wildfire Partially Contained
- A large wildfire in South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has been partially contained, a tribal official said Monday.
New York Times: A Culture of Nagging Helps California Save Water
- Californians sharply cut water use this summer, prompting state officials to credit their new conservation policies and the sting of thousands of warnings and penalties that they had issued to people for overuse. But the most effective enforcers may be closer to home: the domestic water police.
Washington Post: Climate change could triple Amazon drought, study finds
- As concern over global climate change continues to grow, preserving the world’s forests is also becoming a greater priority. And perhaps no area has posed more concern for scientists than the Amazon rain forest.
Reuters: Zimbabwe will not charge U.S. dentist for killing Cecil the lion
- Zimbabwe will not charge American dentist Walter Palmer for killing its most prized lion in July because he had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt, a Cabinet minister said on Monday, angering conservationists.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wisconsin Gazette: No charges against farm workers shown abusing hogs
- A prosecutor said that he has decided against charging any employees of a Minnesota hog farm who were recorded on a graphic undercover video treating animals in a way that their own employer called "disturbing."
KESQ News: Mecca 'Comfort Station' to open for migrant workers Nov 1
- After months of delays, it'll be a permanent shower, restroom and laundry facility for migrant farm workers and people of all ages in eastern Coachella Valley.
CBS Baltimore: Seasonal Farm Jobs Are In Full Bloom Around Baltimore
- For many Baltimore residents, the harvest season means visiting well-loved pumpkin farms, local orchards and enjoying plenty of agrarian-related endeavors and autumn traditions. With harvest time also comes the increasing demand for more seasonal farm-related work and available jobs.
Wall Street Journal: Smashburger Agrees to Sell 40% Stake to Jollibee Foods for $100 Million
- Smashburger Master LLC, one of the upmarket chains shaking up the burger business, said it agreed to sell a 40% stake to Jollibee Foods Corp. of the Philippines for $100 million.
Washington Post: California contest dubs 1,969-pound pumpkin the plumpest
- A rippled white whopper weighing in at 1,969 pounds took the title Monday for plumpest pumpkin at an annual San Francisco Bay Area contest.
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