Daily Harvest -- 10/14/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Rod Snyder, President Field to Market
- (Audio) Fresh from a White House meeting, President Rod Snyder explains how the sum of their effort is a better understanding of the balance of nature and the growing need for more and better food.
Agri-Pulse: Orange forecast higher than expected
- (Audio) The forecast for Florida orange production this season released on Friday was higher than many expected.
Wall Street Journal: CSX Deal Hopes Could Run Off the Rails
- If CSX changes its mind and decides to accept Canadian Pacific Railway overtures, there is still one problem. Any nuptials would face the threat of regulators standing up from the pews and objecting.
Chicago Tribune: Ample crude supply continues to push down gas prices
- Gas prices are falling in Chicago and across the country thanks to ample supplies of crude oil and, some analysts say, a looming price war among oil-producing countries in the Middle East.
Bloomberg: Renewables to Drive Power Generation Growth in Africa, IEA Says
- Renewable energy will satisfy much of Africa’s expanding power needs by 2040 as the continent unlocks vast hydropower resources, the International Energy Agency said.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Beyond the corn: The new frontier in ethanol is nonfood biofuel
- As three cellulosic ethanol plants open in the Midwest, wavering U.S. policy and the oil boom leave a promising technology in limbo.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: White House, SNA mark School Lunch Week
- This week is National School Lunch Week, and the School Nutrition Association and the White House are using the occasion to restate their opinions on the changes in school lunch nutrition guidelines.
Bloomberg Businessweek: McDonald's Hires a MythBuster to Answer 'All-Beef Patty' Skeptics
- McDonald’s (MCD) has set a new goal for itself after three quarters of falling same-store sales in the U.S.: to become, as Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson put it on Monday, ”a more relevant and trusted brand.” Thompson hired someone special to reassure customers about the quality of McDonald’s food.
National Geographic: One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done
- From our farms to grocery stores to dinner tables, 30 percent of the food we grow is never eaten. We can do better.
Washington Post: Major supermarket chains changed how they label meat, surprising customers and USDA
- In recent weeks, Giant stores nationwide changed their labeling procedures, making it difficult for customers to know the quality of meat. Rather than providing different options, the company labeled meat simply as “USDA graded” — a description that applies to all but a tiny amount of meat approved for sale in the United States.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Buenos Aires Herald: Brazil soy exporters to police Monsanto biotech seeds — for a fee
- At least one soybean exporter in Brazil has agreed with Monsanto to collect royalties, in exchange for a fee, from farmers who planted genetically engineered seeds marketed by the company, according to industry sources.
Des Moines Register: Feeding China: Monsanto not big player in corn — yet
- Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, hardly stands out among thousands of competitors in China.
Financial Times: Concern mounts in China over Yangtze diversion project
- The “Bringing the Yangtze to help the Han River” canal project is needed because of a much larger project, 250km to the north, that cuts the flow of the Han, a Yangtze tributary.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Capital Press: Dairy farmers ask for help with hungry elk
- Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.
New York Times: Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change
- The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages.
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Nunn mostly right about Perdue's opposition to farm bill
- One of rare compromises out of Congress this year has become a talking point in Georgia’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race.
Science Line: GMO- A Great Medical Opportunity
- Researchers are genetically modifying tobacco to make human collagen — a protein needed to build our skin, tendons, and connective tissue — as well as vaccines and drugs for devastating diseases such as rabies and Ebola.
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