Daily Harvest -- 10/28/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: 'Devastating' crop insurance cut sends lawmakers scrambling
- Members of the House Agriculture Committee were waging a last-minute, uphill fight to stop a $3 billion cut to crop insurers that's contained in a two-year budget agreement between congressional leaders and the White House.
Burlington Free Press: Some Farmers Upset That Hydroponic Crops Carry Organic Label
- Proponents of the practice say the label “organic” is something that should refer to the nutrients that are used to grow the crops, not where they are grown. To grow something hydroponically, sand, gravel or water is used, instead of soil. Nutrients are added in.
Oxford University Press: Food and agriculture: shifting landscapes for policy
- (Opinion) In modern economies, food is primarily a product of the manufacturing sector and the service sector, rather than of farms and agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: Lawsuits, legislation could short-circuit wind, Clean Power Plan
- (Subscriber only) If the right energy policy choices are made, the Department of Energy forecasts that wind power's current 4.5 percent of the nation's end-use demand could surge to 10 percent by 2020, 20 percent by 2030 and 35 percent by 2050.
Al Jazeera: Climate-conscious Boulder takes energy future into its own hands
- Boulder, Colorado, is attempting to shed its private energy utility, Xcel Energy, and replace it with a public, city-owned service. Supporters of the “municipalization” effort say a publicly owned utility would invest more in renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions while keeping down customers’ energy bills.
Washington Examiner: The answer to our energy future? An all-of-the-above solution
- (Opinion) The future of our country depends on an all-of-the-above approach to energy production — an approach that does not eliminate traditional energy sources, but rather utilizes our nation's vast energy resources efficiently while also protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land on which we raise our families.
EcoWatch: GOP Candidates vs. the Clean Energy Revolution
- (Opinion) Every single one of these purportedly reasonable Republican candidates has released a plan which makes no reference to the climate crisis.
MartketWatch: Portable Renewable Energy Systems Present a Convenient and Green Alternative to Generate Electricity On The Go
- Portable renewable energy systems are standalone devices powered by alternative energy such as solar and wind. This makes them a safer, lightweight and more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional diesel and gas gensets.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Chelsea Clinton talks about women in agriculture
- (Audio) The daughter of both a past president and a current presidential candidate was the keynote speaker at this year’s World Food Prize.
Wall Street Journal: Study Links Sugar to Conditions That Lead to Diabetes, Heart Disease in Children
- Reducing sugar ‘reversed virtually every aspect’ of metabolic syndrome in children studied, says lead author Robert Lustig, who cites fructose as a culprit in the obesity epidemic.
Daily Mail: Hot dog sellers blast 'alarmist' World Health Organisation report blaming processed meats for raising the risk of cancer
- Hot dog makers and meat sellers say a report from the World Health Organization labeling wieners, bacon and other processed meats as cancer-causers is baloney.
Reuters: #FreeBacon topic sizzles on social media after WHO meat report
- Bacon lovers took to social media on Tuesday to express disdain over a World Health Organization report that said processed meat is likely to cause cancer. The hashtags #FreeBacon, #Bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon were among the top-trending topics worldwide on Twitter for a second straight day.
LA Times: Why is a nonprofit shill for business interests attacking Chipotle?
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that if you're being pushed around by a bully, "walk away and stay away. Don't fight back." Chipotle has taken that message to heart.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Yahoo News: Germany's Answer to WHO Study: Don't Be Scared of Sausages
- Sausages, like sunshine, are beneficial in moderation, Germany's agriculture minister said on Tuesday, after a World Health Organization (WHO) report warned that eating processed meats can cause cancer.
Wall Street Journal: House Delays Mandate for Railroads to Install Safety Measure
- The House passed a bill Tuesday that delays for three to five years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place.
Times of India: Nestle starts Maggi production, sales from next month
- Swiss giant Nestle today said it has resumed manufacturing of its instant noodles Maggi at three of its India facilities and will hit the markets after getting clearances from food testing laboratories.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: White House pushes sustainable, climate-smart agriculture
- The Obama administration's “Champions of Change” program is one facet of a White House public relations campaign in the lead-up to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris at the end of next month.
LA Times: LA Aqueduct flows after dam built for drought is dismantled
- Water in the aqueduct that helped fuel Los Angeles' growth was flowing toward the city Wednesday for the first time in six months after workers removed an earthen and concrete dam that had diverted runoff to the parched Owens Valley.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Chicago Tribune: Oxfam urges better pay, working conditions in poultry industry
- Poultry farm conditions are being scrutinized by a rights group, but this time the campaign is trying to change how the workers are treated, rather than the animals.
KPBS: Worker Shortage Places Strain On San Diego, Imperial Farms
- The number of full-time farmworkers has decreased by 20 percent between 2002 and 2014, according to a report from the Partnership For A New American Economy.
Montana Kaimin: Beyond Food
- There’s more to agriculture than food. Behind every squash, steak or package of Doritos, there are the farm workers and the laborers.
Des Moines Register: Meet the man who turns Iowa's trash fruit into N.Y. cosmetics
- An Iowa chemist, the Walter White of hedge balls, harvests rural oil for supermodel skin.
Des Moines Register: CEO: DuPont exploring ag mergers; Pioneer fate uncertain
- The interim CEO of DuPont says he's talking with executives of other large corporations about possible mergers within the agricultural industry, heating up concern about the future of one of Iowa's largest employers — DuPont Pioneer.
Reuters: Wal-Mart seeks to test drones for home delivery, pickup
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc applied Monday to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories, a sign it plans to go head-to-head with Amazon in using drones to fill and deliver online orders.
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