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Kerry: Climate change driving up grocery bills
In an Earth Day address Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that "climate change's impacts aren't far off in the future — they are here and now. Extreme droughts are hammering crop production, forcing farmers out of business and driving up grocery bills."
Hain CEO: Consumers will buy higher quality food
Hain Celestial President and CEO Irwin Simon discusses the food industry, food prices and availability.
Are fast food chains stuck in the past?
Fast-food chains like McDonald's, Wendy's and Pizza Hut are regularly testing new items to see if they can eat into the market share of more upmarket rivals like Panera and Chipotle. Despite these efforts, experts say their menus aren't connecting with a younger generation.
Related: McDonald's profit falls, US diners not 'lovin' it' (Reuters)
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Republicans set up first 'max-PACs' in wake of McCutcheon decision
The Washington Post
Republicans are moving to take advantage of a recent Supreme Court ruling that did away with the cap on how much money a donor could give to party committees and candidates each election, setting up new joint fundraising committees that can solicit contributions worth nearly six figures.
How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party
Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do.
Parties vie for high ground on November get-out-the-vote efforts
Any party operative will say a ground game wins or loses elections. But new voter ID laws and expansive targeting technology have made get-out-the-vote efforts even more complicated and crucial for this year's midterms and the next presidential election for both parties.
Vermont House set to concur on GMO label bill — without a committee
The groundbreaking GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont Senate last week sailed through several House committees Tuesday and is slated to go to the floor Wednesday. The House concurs with the Senate changes to the bill, and the legislation will skip the conference committee process.
Tom Colicchio wants to make sure no one outlaws GMO labels (Grub Street)
Buchwald to support GMO labeling bill in New York (The Journal News)
Southern Oregon farmers divided on GMO bans (The AP via The Wichita Eagle)
California chicken banned on avian flu fears
The Russian and Taiwanese governments banned imports of chicken from California after a poultry flock in that state was found to have low pathogenic avian influenza, USDA spokesman Ed Curlett confirmed.
Brazilian beef import still too risky, ag groups say
The extended public comment period on a USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service proposal to allow the importation of beef from some Brazilian states closed Tuesday after stakeholders left nearly 600 comments for APHIS' review.
Related: Profits increase for cow-calf ranchers (Politico)
More oral arguments set for COOL rule dispute
Oral arguments in an en banc review of the country-of-origin meat labeling dispute have been set for May 19 after a D.C. Circuit Court panel overturned years of precedent by upholding the rule.
Related: Briefs filed on all sides in COOL case (Meatingplace)
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More reaction to POM vs. Coke at the Supreme Court
The questions posed by Supreme Court Justices during oral arguments in a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against Coca Cola were nothing short of "astonishing," according to one food law attorney who has been closely following the case.
De Blasio air quality rules would target restaurants, refrigerated trucks
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio backs proposed antipollution laws that would require many restaurants and commercial kitchens to install emission filters on ovens and char-broilers, ban new wood-burning fireplaces and encourage refrigerated trucks to switch to battery power from diesel fuel.
Canada: Union sounds alarm over food safety program
The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail
Canada's food safety system is being pushed beyond its limits, warns the union representing federal food inspectors, which singles out Vancouver-area consumers as potentially the most at risk.
EFSA meets again on BPA
Food Quality News
The full risk assessment of bisphenol A will be discussed by scientists with the European Food Safety Authority in Brussels Wednesday.
Opinion: The downside of grocery wars
It is not surprising that many consumers view food price wars positively. But since we are expecting lower prices, it has put a momentous amount of pressure on food supply chains.
Opinion: The problem isn't a lack of food production
The Hartford Courant
Feeding the world's growing population is a problem that can't wait for an answer. The world's food system is broken, and it's time to fix it.
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Breakfast costs poised to jump as coffee, OJ surge
The cost of breakfast beverages are poised to increase as coffee futures surge after a Brazilian drought damaged crops, while orange juice prices climb with Florida's output heading for a 29-year low.
Yum Brands' China restaurant sales improve
KFC parent Yum Brands Inc. on Tuesday said first-quarter sales at established restaurants in China, its top market, rose 9 percent as it recovers from an avian flu outbreak and a food safety scare that pummeled demand for chicken last year.
Related: Yum Brands sets new agendas for KFC, Pizza Hut chains (Meatingplace)
Study: Fast food CEOs earn $11,400 an hour
According to a study published Tuesday by Demos, a liberal think tank, compensation of fast food CEOs has been well over 1,000 times the earnings of the average fast food worker for the past two years.
Whole Foods tests food waste technology developed by ex-Microsoft execs
Is there a smarter way to deal with food waste? One firm convinced the answer is "yes" is WISErg — a startup founded by two former Microsoft executives who have just convinced Whole Foods Market to give their patent-pending technology a test-drive at its Bellevue, Wash., store.
Ceramic coatings for cooking equipment prove durable, save money
Materials in food processing plants must meet high standards for sanitation and durability. Even periodic wash downs on noncontact food-cooking equipment like rotary sterilizers will cause traditional insulation to fail from water contact. However, one type of insulation has performed for several years on rotary sterilizers and steam lines and equipment.
Food inspection with hyperspectral imaging systems
Novus Light Technologies Today
Widely used over the past two decades in the aerospace and military industries for remote sensing applications, hyperspectral imaging systems are now finding a home on production lines at food producers where they are being deployed to inspect produce and other food items.
UK: Tesco launches new frozen range for National Vegetarian Week
Tesco plans to celebrate its sponsorship of the U.K.'s National Vegetarian Week, May 19-25, with a brand-new range of frozen meat-free meals.
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