Hurricane Ian caused $1.2 billion to $1.9 billion in damage to Florida agriculture when it tore through the state last month, with one-third of the losses in the citrus industry alone, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported Monday.
The White House has launched an effort to get Medicare and Medicaid, and eventually private health plans, to provide medically tailored meals to all Americans, a goal that produce growers hope will ultimately expand consumption of fruits and vegetables.
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing some major rule changes for foods that can be marketed as “healthy," potentially allowing new products to qualify while eliminating others. But few foods are labeled as "healthy" are current rules, and experts say it's not clear how much consumers will care about the proposed new labeling system either.
Gene-edited fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops are likely to hit the market in increasing numbers over the next five years to meet consumer demand for improved traits, according to a report by Rabobank.
The much-anticipated White House hunger and nutrition conference set for Sept. 28 will feature the release of a national strategy that's expected to lay out a blueprint for ending hunger and addressing diet-related diseases that could very well embrace the old parental admonition: Eat your vegetables.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $27.2 billion spending bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration that would provide significant new funding for conservation technical assistance, rural broadband and food safety.
The price consumers paid for groceries jumped 1.4% in February, helping to drive an overall increase in the Consumer Price Index of 7.9% over the past 12 months, the largest in 40 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.