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How the experts would fix the food crisis
Bloomberg Businessweek
The challenge of making food nutritious, sustainable and abundant is hard enough for a nuclear family. Now mix in climate change, volatile markets and inefficient safety standards — along with a global population estimated to add 2 billion more mouths to feed during the next 25 years — and it's clear the food crisis will only become more acute. So how do we fix agriculture? More
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FSMA proposal targets practices for all produce, not just high-risk
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety regulations, released last week by FDA, don't prescribe special rules for high-risk commodities, an option that could have lowered the cost of the rule. Instead, the rules assume any kind of produce could be tainted by risky growing practices.

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  • Cantaloupe industry a step ahead of curve (The Produce News)
  • Buyers must make produce safety universal, industry leaders say (The Packer)
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    Opinion: FDA should revamp nutrition labels
    The Washington Post
    Millions of health-conscious people consider nutrition labels essential when they buy food, but the labels are showing their age. Improving food labels could spur companies to market much healthier foods and encourage consumers to make smarter choices. More
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    Obama to deliver State of the Union address Feb. 12
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama will deliver the 2013 State of the Union address Feb. 12. The State of the Union will come a few weeks after Obama is inaugurated for a second term, and is a little later as a result. The speech to Congress and the nation is expected to be dominated by economic issues and will come weeks before the nation could default on its debt payments. More
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    Rockefeller to retire, giving GOP a prime pickup opportunity
    The Hill
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., announced Friday that he will not run for re-election in 2014, giving Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in a state that's grown increasingly red in recent years. More
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    Cory Booker forms Senate campaign committee
    USA Today
    Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker has set up a campaign committee to run for the Senate, which will allow him to begin raising money for the 2014 race. The Democrat filed his paperwork for the Cory Booker for Senate committee with the Federal Election Commission, which received it Tuesday. More
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    US trade gap grows to $48.7 billion as imports surge
    The Associated Press via The Miami Herald
    The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports. The Commerce Department report Friday suggests trade will drag on economic growth in the October-December quarter. More
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    FSMA rule would require firms to control for pesticide residues
    Pesticide & Chemical Policy (subscription required)
    Pesticide practices are not a point of focus in the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety proposal released Jan. 4, contrary to what you might have expected. But they do play a role in the new preventive controls proposal, released the same day. More
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    Berlin, Washington discussed EU-US free-trade agreement
    4-traders
    Germany's foreign minister said Friday that he had discussed a far-reaching free-trade agreement between the European Union and the U.S. with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the end of 2012 and that he would continue to push for such a deal. More
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    EFSA sets average requirements for energy intake
    European Food Safety Authority
    EFSA has set average requirements for energy intake for adults, infants and children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. The ARs provide a best estimate of the energy needs of population groups within Europe and will help policymakers to develop and monitor nutrition programs to promote public health, including the establishment of food-based dietary guidelines. More
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    National Meat and Poultry Inspection Committee named
    USAgNet
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection for the 2012-2014 term. New NACMPI members include Dr. Carol Lorenzen of the University of Missouri, Sherika Harvey of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Dr. John Marcy of the University of Arkansas Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, Christopher Waldrop of the Consumer Federation of America and Dr. Michael Rybolt of Hillshire Brands Co. More
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    Opinion: Now, not later — we need to talk about the farm bill
    The Huffington Post
    Procrastination bedevils everyone, despite the best of intentions. On New Year's Day, after dragging its feet on this pressing business for months, Congress passed a ghost of a farm bill that would receive a D-minus at best. More
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    Study: Consumer food costs rising — reversing 55-year trend
    Supermarket News
    Food costs for a family of four increased more than $2,000 above expectations in 2012, according to a recent study by FarmEcon, an agricultural and food industry consultancy. More
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    Report: Half of all food produced in world is wasted
    FoodBev
    A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50 percent of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach. The findings suggest this is due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food.

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  • Industry: Packaging plays key role in stopping food waste problem (Food Production Daily)
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    Don't like the food? Try using a different fork
    Food Navigator
    The way in which people interact with food — including the utensils they choose — could affect how foods are perceived and enjoyed, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sensory Studies. More
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    Vegetarian restaurants beware
    Toronto Star
    Early this September, fast food giant McDonald's announced it would open vegetarian-only locations in two of India's most famous pilgrimage sites in 2013. Subway, Domino's and Yum Brands Inc. (which includes KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut), are also competing to corner India's multibillion-dollar markets for American fast food. More
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    New innovation models needed to boost functional food NPD
    Food Navigator
    Industry must evolve away from traditional NPD processes if it is to succeed in developing new and innovative functional food products, warn researchers in Trends in Food Science & Technology. More
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    South Dakota beef plant clears final financial hurdle
    Aberdeen News
    Northern Beef Packers completed its final round of financing Wednesday, bringing the total amount of capital raised to more than $150 million, said Laure Swanson, marketing and public relations director. "This is important because this is the amount we need to run the [South Dakota] plant and move forward," she said. More
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    Frozen Food Express cuts non-driving staff to reduce costs
    Transport Topics
    Frozen Food Express Industries said Tuesday it will reduce its non-driving employee payroll by about 12 percent and that a planned equipment sale was ahead of schedule. The refrigerated carrier said it would take a charge of about $400,000 in the fourth quarter and that the action would save it about $500,000 annually. More
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    Supervalu inks long-awaited deal with Cerberus
    Progressive Grocer
    After months of spiraling financial performance, layoffs and overall uncertainty about its ultimate fate, Supervalu Inc. struck a deal valued at $3.3 billion to sell five of its operating divisions to an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management. More
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    Scientists: Western diet damages brain, leads to impairment
    Food Navigator
    Consumption of a high-fat, high-sugar, Western-style diet leads to the long-term impairment of brain functioning and may contribute to the development of neurodegenerative conditions, say scientists reviewing decades of evidence. More
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    IFFA 2013: Safety first — focus on traceability
    Packaging Europe
    Traceability is more than just an important tool for risk management. It also plays a part in consumer protection and supply chain improvement, including the equipment used for this. More
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    ADM shuts down corn processing plant after explosion
    The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
    Archer Daniels Midland shut down operations Wednesday at its corn processing plant in central Illinois after an early morning explosion damaged the facility. More
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