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Making Big Food pay for obesity
There's a push on to make the American food industry pay for the devastating health consequences of soaring American obesity. To sue Big Food. Opinions are all over the map on whether it's justified.
Companies face challenge from new food safety law
New U.S. regulations call for importers to check that the products they want to bring into the country are safe. But foreign food and drink companies must be proactive as well, say experts on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Are grocery stores doomed?
More than ever, consumers are looking to big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target, as well as convenience stores, dollar stores and pharmacy chains including Walgreen's and CVS, to fulfill their grocery lists, according to a new study published by retail design firm King Retail Solutions.
White House: Democrats won't lose Senate
White House press secretary Jay Carney predicted Tuesday that Democrats would keep their majority in the Senate after the 2014 midterm elections, despite playing defense in a number of tough races.
NRSC raised $4.62 million in January (Politico)
2 House Democrats won't run in November (The Wall Street Journal)
Congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks
The Washington Post
After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year.
Poll: Jobs seen as No. 1 problem
Jobs and unemployment has regained its position as the No. 1 problem facing Americans, knocking "government and politicians" from the top spot in a new Gallup poll.
Uproar over Obamacare's menu rules
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under Obamacare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus.
Obama orders new green rules
President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced he was ordering his administration to develop a set of new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles.
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Gillibrand, 71 other Democrats ask Vilsack to delay farm bill provision
New York Daily News
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand lined up lawmakers to sign off on a letter to be sent to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday. The Democrats would like a delay in one of the provisions of the recently passed farm bill, which cuts $8 billion in food stamp aid.
Related: Food stamp use among military doubles since 2008 (The Daily Caller)
On trade politics, White House is in no-man's land
The Wall Street Journal
The White House is trying to negotiate big trade deals with allies in Europe and Asia, something Obama administration officials believe will be very difficult — if not impossible — to codify without the fast-track authority that is on life support in Congress. So what is the White House to do?
Japan eyes Pacific trade pact concessions as talks with US begin
Japan could make concessions on tariffs on some sensitive farm products, a key cabinet minister said Tuesday, as U.S. and Japanese officials began talks ahead of the high-level multilateral negotiations next week on a U.S.-led free trade deal.
Related: Opinion: Free trade, or tools of global governance? (The National Interest)
Petition grows, urging Congress to reject China's poultry in US
The federal government gave the OK for China to begin processing poultry for shipment to the U.S. But the thought is not sitting well with American consumers, and a Change.org online petition has garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures.
Opposition may delay persuader rule, ex-DOL vet says
Law360 (subscription required)
A groundswell of opposition to the U.S. Department of Labor's controversial persuader regulations may delay their issuance beyond the current March target date, a DOL veteran who recently stepped down as the agency's second-in-command says.
UK: Food safety crisis could be on the horizon
With ever-tighter environmental health budgets and the looming threat both of greater cost recovery and of privatization, some experts claim we have all the ingredients for a full-blown food safety crisis.
As more lunches get tossed, how do we fix the school lunch problem?
As more states begin to look into how their schools deal with paid or reduced-price lunches in their systems, it's becoming apparent that what originally looked like a few isolated bad decisions may in actuality be a widespread policy. The question is: How can we end it?
General Mills says 'no' to formulating more GMO-free products
Food Business News
Ken Powell, the chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills Inc., has a simple answer for anyone wondering if the company plans to reformulate more products to be GMO-free: "No."
Related: Food companies find going 'non-GMO' no easy feat (Reuters)
A big bet on gluten-free
The New York Times
In dollars and cents, sales of gluten-free products were expected to total $10.5 billion last year, according to Mintel, which estimates the category will produce more than $15 billion in annual sales in 2016. Never mind that a Mayo Clinic survey in 2012 concluded that only 1.8 million Americans actually have celiac disease.
Culinary Tides: Gluten-free bubble is already bursting (Food Navigator-USA)
What's the size of US gluten-free prize — $490 million or $10 billion? (Food Navigator-USA)
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Crop values drop 9.8 percent in 2013 as prices fall
The Associated Press via USA Today
The value of U.S. crops fell 9.8 percent last year as prices declined for major crops, including corn and soybeans, from 2012's record high levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual estimate.
Monsanto develops new veggies without GMO's Frankenfood factor
The Washington Post
Monsanto has drawn on its "accumulated scientific know-how to create vegetables that have all the advantages of genetically modified organisms without any of the Frankenfoods' ick factor."
Related: Q and A: Why are we still shouting about GMOs? (AAAS Science)
Research: Eco labels make little difference to consumers
Consumer concern about sustainability rarely translates into purchases, according to new research from the European Food Information Council.
Markets: Companies focusing on healthier food should gain market share
Americans have become more conscious about what they put in their bodies, and companies that have not paid attention to the changing trends are feeling the squeeze.
Food tech startup gobbles up $23 million in funding
Never has ersatz cookie dough, eggs and mayo been so lucrative. Li Ka-shing, the wealthiest man in Asia, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Code.org's Ali Partovi are pouring cash into Hampton Creek Foods, a food technology company heralded by Bill Gates and others.
IFT: Food science salaries back on track, more women joining industry
After a slight dip in 2011, salaries for food scientists bounced back in 2013 to a median salary of $90,000, according to the Institute of Food Technologists' biennial Employment and Salary Survey.
What are the 3 most important words for loyalty marketing?
Setting annual goals can be a precarious venture. A recurring condition of executive level presentations these days is to "keep it tight," "make it clear" and "do it in no more than 10 pages."
Advancements in rapid-testing technology
The National Provisioner via Food Safety News
The sooner one finds out a food product meets quality and safety requirements, the sooner it can be sold. That is why scientists are working to advance rapid testing, so companies easily can decide what to do with product to prevent foodborne illness.
Food producers seek flexible product inspection
Food Quality News
Demand for convenience foods is driving the need for product inspection technology allowing food producers to make different products on single lines in shorter product runs.
Philips trials GPS app to help shoppers navigate supermarkets
Dutch-based firm Philips is testing a system that creates a GPS-style grid on a smartphone or tablet to help grocery shoppers plan their route around individual stores.
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