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US forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food
Bloomberg
A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering.

Related: IFOAM: Organic must innovate to break out of niche status (Food Navigator)

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Rescuing imperfect vegetables
Bloomberg TV
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Could these apps solve America's huge food waste problem?
Fortune
In the U.S., edible food is frequently thrown away. A host of new mobile apps have been designed to reduce food waste and hunger. Will they work?
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POLITICS


Schumer may shatter fundraising records for Democrats
The Hill
Sen. Charles Schumer, who will become the Senate's top Democrat in 2017, could become one of the greatest fundraisers of all time.
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Clinton's launch pushes other Democrats off stage — but not entirely
The Washington Post
As Hillary Rodham Clinton hopscotched around small-town Iowa this week with a pack of media covering her every move, the spectacle seemed to push her potential Democratic rivals further off stage. But the former secretary of state's much-anticipated entrance into the 2016 presidential race is not all downside for those Democrats.
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Senate names entire budget panel to negotiate spending blueprint
Politico
Senate GOP leaders named about a dozen budget conferees to finalize a spending blueprint with the House, as Republicans try to pass a budget agreement for the first time in over a half-decade.
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POLICY


School lunch debate begins in the House
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
The debate over child nutrition reauthorization began in earnest on Wednesday with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Committee's first hearing on the subject.
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USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in US
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.
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Oregon GMO critics, proponents agree on mediation system
Herald and News
Disputes over genetically modified crops would be mediated by Oregon farm regulators under legislation that has won support from biotech critics and proponents.
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The USDA Dietary Guidelines: Playing politics with our health
Roll Call
Later this year, the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release the latest edition of their dietary guidelines, which sets the agenda for what Americans should eat to maintain a healthy weight, prevent disease and sustain overall wellness. However, instead of guiding Americans toward better health, the results have been the exact opposite.
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European Commission clarifies new GMO import rules
EurActiv
An internal document discloses European Commission plans to give member states the final say on whether or not to accept GMO imports.
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Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could hold back 3-D printing of food
Food Navigator-USA
Investing in 3-D printing could open new markets and generate huge cost savings for food manufacturers and retailers, but first companies must overcome potential regulatory and legal hurdles, many of which are not yet identified, warn food and drug lawyers with the firm Venable in Washington, D.C.
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China seizes 6,000 tons of smuggled frozen meat from US, Brazil, Finland
ECNS
More than 6,000 tons of smuggled frozen meat, worth $55.6 million, was seized in Shenzhen City in the southern province of Guangdong, local authorities announced Wednesday.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Are you prepared for food terrorism?
Food Processing
While mass bio-attacks on our water or food supplies may seem to belong in the realm of science fiction, there exists a very real threat to global food manufacturers from deliberate attacks and food fraud either through substitution or adulteration.
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Unilever soars to record as revenue growth beats estimates
Bloomberg
Unilever, the maker of Magnum ice cream and Flora spreads, reported estimate-beating first-quarter sales growth, sending the shares soaring to a record as an earlier Easter holiday boosted sales at its struggling food division.
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McDonald's Japan closing stores after forecasting wider loss
Bloomberg
McDonald's Corp.'s Japan business forecast wider losses this year, announcing store closures and job cuts after sales suffered from food scandals.
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Costco's Wilson: GFSI didn't fit for his company
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Plenty of food companies require suppliers to achieve Global Food Safety Initiative certification, but Costco tried it and left in favor of its own program, said Craig Wilson, vice president of quality assurance/food safety at Costco Wholesale.
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Veggies take center plate as healthy fast-casual chains expand
The Associated Press via Pioneer Press
They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most important, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them. That's a tall order for the new crop of healthy fast-casual restaurant chains, a segment that has struggled in the past but now is flourishing, thanks to celebrity chef backings and the popular farm-to-table trend.
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CDC, FDA offer update on ice cream Listeria outbreak
Food Poison Journal
This is a complex and ongoing multistate investigation of listeriosis occurring over an extended period. Several strains of Listeria monocytogenes are involved in this outbreak.
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E. coli linked to leafy greens sickens 12 in Canada
Food Quality News
An outbreak of E.coli O157 that has sickened 12 people has a possible link to leafy greens, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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5 shades of gray in nutrition
U.S. News & World Report
People frequently speak about food in absolutes — this food is bad, or this diet is best. Well, it's not that simple: Nutrition is not always so black or white.
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