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Urge Congress to support frozen fruit, vegetable snacks in schools
American Frozen Food Institute
Show your support for helping enhance childhood nutrition by urging your senators to support a farm bill amendment offered by Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., to expand USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program to include all forms — including frozen. Such an expansion will enable school nutritionists to serve the widest possible variety of healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables throughout the entire school year, helping promote a lifetime of healthy eating habits. Click here to connect with your lawmakers and make your voice heard.
McDonald's is pushing to get more Millennial savvy
When CEO Don Thompson talks about McDonald's plans at Thursday's annual meeting, there's one group that he's expected to most closely target: Millennials. The burger giant — which has always had kids at its core — has begun to focus on Millennials, whose interests and habits can be difficult to understand.
Debunking 'the big lie' about genetically engineered crops
In spite of two decades of stunning scientific, humanitarian and financial successes and an admirable record of health and environmental safety, the application of genetic engineering to agriculture is still beleaguered by activists.
Opinion: Appeals court limits labor board's lawlessness
The Washington Post
Early in an opinion issued recently by a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge A. Raymond Randolph said: "Although the parties have not raised it, one issue needs to be resolved before we turn to the merits of the case."
Related: U.S. Chamber Asks Supreme Court to Hear NLRB Case (The Wall Street Journal)
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Generic ballot tilts toward Democrats
The Washington post
Even as the White House battles scandals that have empowered Republicans on Capitol Hill, there's some of good news for Democrats in today's Washington Post-ABC News poll.
North Carolina GOP Senate poll: Virginia Foxx ahead (POLITICO)
Gov. Walker travels to Iowa, sparks 2016 talk (USA Today)
House Republicans send warning on immigration
The Washington Post
House Republicans vowed Thursday to have their own say in the debate over immigration reform, two days after a Senate committee gave approval to a sweeping border control bill.
Nutrition information on menus: Is there a better way?
The Huffington Post
Do you read the calorie count listed on a menu before ordering your lunch? And does it affect what you order? Fast food restaurants around the country are poised to add calorie counts to their menus, thanks to a directive from the Affordable Care Act.
Concerns about animal welfare, food safety spur industry changes
Food Safety News
The 42 Good Husbandry Grants recently awarded by Animal Welfare Approved to farms and slaughter plants across the country are yet another sign of changes occurring in the livestock industry.
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Seafood labeling law signed in Washington state
The Wall Street Journal
A law to help protect consumers from being victims of seafood fraud was signed into law this week in Washington state by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill requires all fresh, frozen or processed fish and shellfish to be labeled by its common name as defined by the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife.
2nd state Senate votes for GMO labeling law
Food Safety News
A second legislative body wants to require food manufacturers to label products with genetically modified organisms. The Connecticut Senate has voted 35-1 in favor of a GMO labeling bill, joining the Vermont House’s 99-42 vote on a nearly identical measure earlier this month.
Biotech labeling drive not going away
Agri-Pulse via Food Safety Magazine
The drive to require labeling of food with biotech ingredients "is not going to go away," former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan said. "People want to know," Merrigan told the CropLife America 2013 National Food Policy Conference.
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US: Consumers strongly support COOL
Ninety percent of a representative sample of 1,000 adult Americans favored, either strongly or somewhat, requiring food sellers to indicate on the package label the country of origin of fresh meat they sell.
Why is there so much salt in processed foods?
Slate via The Miami Herald
The Institute of Medicine concluded that there is no reason for people to keep their sodium consumption below 1,500 milligrams per day, as had been previously recommended for most adults.
Study: Food packaging phthalates threaten children
Food Production Daily
Chemicals leaching from food packaging may drive up high blood pressure in children, according to a U.S. study.
Is the end of locally produced food in sight
If you've stopped to check a basket of fruit and vegetables at your local supermarket recently, you will find it is like an edible trip around the world. Oranges come from the United States, garlic from China, mangoes from Mexico and asparagus from Argentina.
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