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UN food chief hopes for coordinated G20 response to prices
Reuters via CNBC
The Group of 20 nations must agree on coordinated action to ease worries about food prices as they account for most of the production of the crops at the center of concern, the head of the U.N.'s food agency said Monday.

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    Shelf placement: Why you choose the brands you choose
    Scientific American
    You just bought peanut butter. You chose the jar because, well, you've always eaten the crunchy variety. In reality, however, something else may have influenced your choice: The product you picked was centrally located on the store shelves. More
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    Opinion: Why better labels, not bans, will fight obesity epidemic
    PolicyMic
    Nate Abrams writes, "Food bans are a bad way to combat obesity and other diet-related health problems. But not because they erode freedoms — because they don't work. Better labeling will empower consumers to choose healthier foods." More
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    Poll: Obama, Romney neck-and-neck ahead of conventions
    The Washington Post
    The Republican National Convention opens this week with President Barack Obama and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney running evenly, with voters more focused on Obama's handling of the nation's flagging economy than on some issues dominating the political debate in recent weeks.

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    Republicans hope to win trifecta in 2012
    The Hill
    Republicans arrive in Tampa, Fla., hopeful that their party's dream of an electoral Triple Crown is within reach: control of the House, the Senate and the presidency. More
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    Luntz: Romney needs some '08 Obama voters
    USA Today
    Pollster Frank Luntz says Mitt Romney is going to need to take some of President Barack Obama's 2008 voters if he is to replace him in the White House. And to do that, Luntz adds, Romney needs to ask Obama voters two questions: "Did you get what you voted for, and will the next four years be any different?" More
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    Group asks USDA to require labeling for tenderized meat
    Food Safety News
    A group of food safety advocates is calling on the Obama administration to make good on its proposal to require labeling for mechanically tenderized meat. In a letter to USDA Friday, the Safe Food Coalition called on the agency to require that mechanically tenderized meat bear a label that includes instructions on how to safely cook this meat. More
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    Brazil orders Nestle to label GM products
    Food Navigator
    A court in Brazil has ordered Nestle to impose mandatory labeling for all its products in the country highlighting more than 1 percent genetically modified ingredients. More
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    FMCSA makes changes to CSA
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    Following a four-month preview of proposed changes to the Compliance Safety Accountability enforcement program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday which ones will go into effect in December. More
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    The 'target' approach to better school meals
    Beyond Chron
    Wouldn't it be great if many good causes — feeding hungry children, organic farming, fighting global warming, growing small local businesses — all could be supported by school meal programs? More
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    Grain council strengthens relationship with China
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Grains Council's strategic outreach to China continues to pay dividends. Last week, the group hosted a delegation of high-level think tank officials from China on a corn-focused tour across the United States. More
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    FDA to probe consumer understanding of fortification
    Food Navigator-USA
    The Food and Drug Administration has said it intends to examine consumer understanding of fortified foods, to work out whether people consider generally unhealthy snack foods to be healthier if they contain added nutrients. More
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    Investors seek profit possibilities from drought
    USA Today
    Soybean and corn prices are hitting all-time highs and rising fast as parched fields threaten the nation's food production cycle. And while the most severe drought in decades may mean higher food prices for consumers next year, investors are finding ways to make money now. More
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    Wal-Mart expands campaign against grocers
    Supermarket News
    Wal-Mart Stores is trying to induce consumers in Chicago, Atlanta and Albuquerque, N.M., to compare prices by offering to make the comparison for them. Ads in those cities — as well as on an online site — suggest shoppers take a photo of their grocery receipt, upload it and send it to Wal-Mart, where so-called "price-checking wizards" will compare those prices with the prices at the nearest Wal-Mart supercenter and then email results back to the consumer within a couple of days. More
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    Koch Foods: Poultry industry may lose on feed costs
    The National Provisioner
    The U.S. chicken industry may become unprofitable in the fourth quarter because feed costs have surged as a drought wilts cornfields across the Midwest, said Koch Foods Inc. CEO Joseph Grendys. More
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    Robotics in packaging
    Baking & Snack International Global Intelligence Report
    Integrating robots into bakeries' packaging areas can greatly reduce labor requirements for placing unwrapped baked foods into infeed conveyors or to put primary-packaged products into carton or secondary packaging. More
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    Campylobacter in skinless, boneless chicken
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    A study published in BMC Microbiology has looked at the prevalence of Campylobacter in skinless, boneless chicken breasts, tenderloins and thighs. The study found the contaminant in 41 percent of such samples bought in Alabama from 2005 to 2011. More
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    Researcher disputes benefits of gluten-free diets
    Food Navigator-USA
    Stronger efforts are needed to educate the public about reasons for adopting a gluten-free diet, as many Americans are cutting gluten in an effort to lose weight, says Arizona State University professor Dr. Glenn Gaesser, an exercise physiologist and Grain Foods Foundation advisory board chairman. More
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    Standardized sanitation
    Food Engineering
    The 21st century's first decade saw an unprecedented focus on improving the safety of processed foods and the conditions under which they are produced. Billions of dollars in collective spending by food and beverage companies helped reduce the likelihood unsanitary production conditions would trigger a recall or legal action. More
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