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USDA to approve Simplot's genetically engineered potato that resists late blight
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world.
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What's in that? Food companies scramble to satisfy 'clean eating'
The steady, national swing toward “clean eating” has helped trigger an industry move toward cleaning product labels of unpronounceable ingredients. So have the numerous class-action lawsuits chasing multimillion-dollar penalties for consumers who claim they were misled or misfed.
How even subtle changes in food and nutrition labels exert power over consumer choices
The wars over food labeling are intense and getting more so. Should there be labels identifying genetically-modified ingredients? Given the mounting evidence that health risks of sugar are worse than generally thought even five years ago, the FDA wants labels to include more details and a warning about consumption.
A summer of Clinton stumbles gives way to an uncertain fall for Democrats
The Washington Post
The Democratic Party, whose presidential race has been mostly overshadowed by Donald Trump and the Republicans, heads into the fall with its nomination contest far less certain than it once appeared and braced for a series of events that will have a significant effect on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign.
6 thoughts about the state of the Democratic race (The Washington Post)
Clinton and Biden's awkward friendship (Politico)
Iowa poll: Sanders surges to within 7 points of Clinton (The Washington Post)
What happened to Scott Walker?
The Washington Post
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surged into the top tier of the Republican presidential race with a fiery speech in the depths of winter in Iowa. But his candidacy has wilted in the heat of a summer dominated by Donald Trump, with loyalists and supporters now calling for an immediate mid-course correction.
Related: Iowa poll finds Trump and Carson surging as Walker collapses (The Washington Post)
Democratic candidates say 6 debates isn't enough
The Wall Street Journal
Debates produce some of the most revealing moments of a presidential campaign, forcing candidates to think on their feet and offer some unscripted replies to unexpected questions.
Related: Activists turn up heat on DNC for more debates (The Hill)
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A $60 million pork kickback?
Pork hasn't been "the other white meat" for years — after a 24-year run as the centerpiece of billboards and the butt of jokes, the slogan was retired in 2011 and replaced with "Pork: Be Inspired," a logo you might have seen on the apron of Ted Cruz as he grilled pork chops at the Iowa State fair last week.
Group questions EPA's commitment to saving bees
Friends of the Earth submitted a Freedom of Information Act to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting meeting minutes and communications between the EPA Office of the Administrator, the Office of Pesticide Programs and representatives of the pesticide industry.
For sugar lovers, FDA's proposed guidelines are not so sweet
The latest authority to endorse the 10 percent or less of sugar in diet idea: the Food and Drug Administration. Under a proposal it announced this summer, food labels would have to say how close each serving comes to providing 50 grams, or 200 calories, of added sugar — the 10 percent mark for a typical 2,000-calorie diet.
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Look to protein breakfasts to make a dent in child obesity
People are told repeatedly to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day. But to make a difference against child obesity, not just any breakfast will do. A protein-based meal makes it more likely that kids — especially overweight ones — will burn more calories than those who eat a carbohydrate-based breakfast.
The freshest thing about the world's biggest online grocer isn't food
At Ocado Group Plc's warehouse in Hatfield, a half-hour north of central London by train, hundreds of red shopping crates wind their way through a labyrinth of conveyor belts.
New food ingredient may lead to slower melting ice cream
Scientists have discovered a naturally occurring protein that can be used to create ice cream that is more resistant to melting. The new ingredient could enable ice creams to keep frozen for longer in hot weather.
PepsiCo has started using sweet taste modifiers from Senomyx in Mug Root Beer and Manzanita Sol
Sweetmyx 617, a novel sweet taste modifier developed by flavor innovator Senomyx, is being used in PepsiCo brands Manzanita Sol nationally and Mug Root Beer in two U.S. test markets, the company has confirmed.
Nestle's KitKat to change cocoa supplies to address child labor
Nestle SA said KitKat will become the first global chocolate brand to make all its products with sustainably sourced cocoa as the chocolate industry faces allegations of child labor in the supply of raw materials.
Is Japan situation a warning sign for McDonald's?
Can McDonald’s defend its dominance in the fast-food industry? It is a question that has been hovering in the minds of investors lately. After the unfortunate headwinds faced by the company last year, many speculated that the company would lose share in the industry, and the gap in the market share figures between McDonald’s and its closest competitors might just shrink.
Egg-white replacer hits market to 'combat increasing egg prices'
As egg prices continue to increase, the restaurants are looking for ways to keep costs, which is why Corbion Caravan created an egg white replacer, the Plus 150W, according to a company press release. It replaces 50 to 100 percent of egg whites in sweet baked goods, said Kathy Sargent, Corbion Caravan’s manager of sweet goods.
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