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Let's tout the value of frozen fruits and vegetables
A new report from the CDC, "State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables," show consumption of fruits and vegetables among adults and adolescents remains troublingly low. While it's easy to take a dim view of this report, it can also be seen as offering an excellent opportunity. Americans of all ages clearly should be encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables and we have the solution: Buy frozen.
Be picky about fruit: Best ways to get your daily servings
It's important to eat fruit throughout the year, and one of the perks of summer is there's greater variety of fresh fruit to choose from — but watch how you get your fruit because some commercial fruit products lose nutrients in processing and pack a lot of extra calories from added sugar.
Senate passes farm bill; House vote is less sure
The New York Times
The Senate approved a sweeping farm bill Monday that represents the first step in a renewed attempt at passing legislation to set the country's food and agriculture programs and policy. In the House, the farm bill faces a much tougher road.
Related: Boehner says he will vote for House farm bill (The Hill)
Obama-knows-best goes bust
"Trust me" is President Barack Obama's preferred mode of action in times of crisis — and his go-to comment to nervous staffers has always been some version of "Relax, I got this." But that message is an increasingly hard sell.
Related: Poll: Scandals hurt Obama in Iowa (Des Moines Register via USA Today)
Senators urge Obama to stay on sidelines of immigration debate
Authors of a Senate immigration reform bill say they do not want President Barack Obama to play a more active role in pushing the legislation.
Senate Democrats divided on immigration (Politico)
Poll: Three words change views on immigration (The Wall Street Journal)
Kristi Noem passes on South Dakota Senate race
Cross Rep. Kristi Noem off the list of potential GOP Senate candidates in South Dakota, one of the states that will help determine which party holds power after the 2014 elections.
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Maple Leaf Foods CEO: GMO opposition 'morally unacceptable'
The influence exerted over food culture and policy by "urban elites" in developed markets is pushing food regulations "in directions that are purely related to personal preferences and are unrelated to solving the impending global food crisis," Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain says, taking a more aggressive approach to similar messages from PepsiCo and Nestle executives.
Maine House strongly endorses GMO food labeling bill (MPBN)
Massachusetts legislature holds hearing on food labeling legislation (Telegram & Gazette)
China import deal boosts Argentina's genetically modified crops (UPI)
Scientists: New study shows pig health hurt by GMO feed (Reuters)
Chocolate milk makes school lunch comeback
Wicked Local Norton
After a yearlong hiatus, chocolate milk will be back on the menu in the Norton, Mass., public schools come fall.
New budget talks, same stalemate: GOP sees long term, Democrats see today
The Washington Post
How big is the nation's borrowing problem? Is it the $6.3 trillion in fresh debt projected over the next decade? Or is it the more than $70 trillion that Republicans say the nation will rack up over the next 30 years?
Senate panel backs Obama nominee Froman for top trade post
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of White House chief international economic affairs adviser Mike Froman to be U.S. trade representative, setting the stage for full Senate approval.
Big box retailers and major fast food chains targeted by unions, NLRB
The National Law Review
The spread of fast food strikes, as well as strikes by non-union workers in retailers like Wal-Mart, comes amid a long-term decline in strikes in the U.S. Both the fast food and retail industries are overwhelmingly not unionized. The strategy pursued by the groups organizing these strikes is thus one of spectacle.
Achieving food waste efficiencies through innovation and global cooperation
An EU-funded cooperation project between India and several EU countries could transform the sustainability and competitiveness of the food industry.
Produce GAPs harmonization: The goal is in sight
Food Safety Magazine
"One audit by any credible third party, acceptable to all buyers" was the goal of fresh produce growers and buyers alike in 2009, when the Produce Good Agricultural Practices Harmonization Initiative began.
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