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On 4 continents, historic droughts wreak havoc
California's historic drought appears to be matched by severe dry spells on three other continents. Brazil, North Korea and South Africa are bearing the brunt of much lower-than-average precipitation, wreaking havoc on millions of peoples' lives and livelihoods.
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Argentina wins dispute with U.S. over beef
Buenos Aires Herald
WTO rules in favor of Argentina, saying Washington violated trade rules with ban
A dispute resolution panel with the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Argentina in a lawsuit filed against the United States more than 12 years ago due to a decision to ban Argentine beef imports.
FDA revises proposed Nutrition Facts label rule to include a daily value for added sugars
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed including the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods, giving consumers additional information for added sugars similar to information they have seen for decades with respect to nutrients such as sodium and certain fats.
Related: FDA to require that nutrition labels list added sugar; food industry expresses opposition
The television election
Despite all the hype about tools like Snapchat and Meerkat, the 2016 campaign will be dominated by a technology that's been around for decades: TV.
Why it’s a bad idea to have all 16 GOP candidates on one debate stage (The Washington Post)
Two weeks to go: Republicans scramble to make debate stage (The Hill)
Donald Trump surging in New Hampshire, Iowa
Donald Trump has surged to the lead in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary and virtually erased Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s advantage in the Iowa caucuses, according to new NBC News/Marist polls released Sunday.
Poll: No front-runner in Florida Senate race
Loaded with candidates but lacking a front-runner, the contest to replace Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a neck-and-neck race for both Democrats and Republicans, a new poll shows.
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Rice, milk and cars among the stumbling blocks in historic trade pact
Top trade officials from 12 countries scattered around the Asia-Pacific region will descend on the island of Maui for a week of meetings starting Friday.
U.S. FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to support 8,000 FSIS frontline inspection personnel for meat, poultry, and egg productswage gathers steam
Food Production Daily
The Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration are two of the services to receive funding in the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill in Washington.
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Push for $15 minimum wage gathers steam
The Dallas Morning News
The movement to make $15-per-hour the mandatory minimum over the next several years has seen success in a number of cities and is starting to spill over to statehouses and public universities.
USDA, Microsoft launch 'Innovation Challenge' on food resiliency
The USDA is partnering with Microsoft to launch the "Innovation Challenge," a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States' food system with the intent of achieving better food resiliency.
Americans are finally eating less
The New York Times
After decades of worsening diets and sharp increases in obesity, Americans’ eating habits have begun changing for the better. Calories consumed daily by the typical American adult, which peaked around 2003, are in the midst of their first sustained decline since federal statistics began to track the subject, more than 40 years ago.
Related: Americans not avoiding fat and salt as much (Gallup)
Amazon wants to build drive-up grocery stores
Silicon Valley Business Journal understands that Amazon is working on a drive-up grocery store in Sunnyvale, California (a possible concept rendering is shown here) that will rely solely on internet orders – you'd schedule pickups instead of wandering aisles. Think of it as an AmazonFresh depot that could save you shipping costs while adapting to your schedule.
McDonald's isn't just losing business to restaurants
Nation's Restaurant News
One of the biggest competitors to McDonald’s Corp. isn’t a restaurant chain. It’s Kroger. In a recent survey, the Chicago-based consulting firm Technomic polled customers of prepared food offerings — or retail meal solutions — at the Cincinnati-based grocery store giant.
Nestlé R&D center for frozen & chilled food to develop trays and other packaging to protect food during transportation
Food Production Daily
Nestlé has opened a $50 million research and development center in Solon, Ohio, for new product development for its global frozen and chilled food business, after nearly two years of construction.
Dr Pepper spills diet strategy
Food Business News
Diet has become a four-letter word for the beverage industry, as consumers increasingly avoid artificially sweetened soft drinks in favor of alternatives perceived as natural.
Companies to pledge $140 billion in efforts to cut carbon emissions
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
More than a dozen U.S. companies on Monday will pledge to invest more than $140 billion in efforts to cut carbon emissions as part of a new Obama administration initiative leading up to the United Nations climate-change summit later this year.
New Nestlé India head looks to rebuild brand's reputation
The Wall Street Journal
Nestlé SA will use advertising and social media, as well as the courts, to try to repair the damage done to its reputation by a recent food scare in India, said the newly-appointed head of the company’s Indian arm.
Related: Nestlé keeping pace with consumers (Food Business News)
Breakthrough discovery for lowering arsenic in rice
Food Production Daily
Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough discovery in lowering levels of arsenic in rice.
Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong
The Washington Post
There’s an unbreachable divide between advocates of modern conventional agriculture and, essentially, everyone else, from the mainstream (organic, local, anti-GMO) to the less-so (biodynamics, permaculture, agroforestry). The parties are entrenched, the tone is partisan.
Chipotle has unseated Subway as America's healthy fast food of choice
Chipotle has unseated Subway as the healthy fast food of choice, with people across the internet heralding the positive effects of eating at the burrito chain.
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