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'Food fight' brewing on Capitol Hill
The Californian
Salinas Valley growers are up in arms over efforts by the canned food industry to change key language in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a federal project that provides fresh produce to more than 2,500 low-income elementary schools in the U.S.
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Venture capitalists are making bigger bets on food startups
The New York Times
What if the next big thing in tech does not arrive on your smartphone or in the cloud? What if it lands on your plate? That idea is enticing a wide group of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley into making big bets on food.
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House, Senate take up GMO labeling with introduction of new bills
San Francisco Chronicle
On the heels of 2012's defeat on the issue in California, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., have introduced a bill to order the Food and Drug Administration to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
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California state senator pushing for sugary drinks tax
Monterey County Herald
Central Coast state Sen. Bill Monning is pushing again for a tax on sugary drinks in California to pay for health programs to battle what he calls "the epidemic of childhood obesity." In its current version, the new tax would raise about $2.7 billion a year, according to a legislative analysis.
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Washington state becomes key battleground in GMO fight
Sky Valley Chronicle
It appears Washington state will become a key battleground in the consumer-led fight to label genetically modified food. The recent end to the Washington State Legislature's 105-day regular session means voters will decide whether genetically modified food should be labeled, because lawmakers in Olympia did not take action on Initiative 522.
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Focus on sustainable initiatives in food industry
FoodNavigator.com
With ever-growing global populations and increasing pressure on the world's food system, sustainability is no longer an "optional extra" for the food industry.
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Producer groups launch FSMA guidelines
FoodProductionDaily.com
With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, a number of food processing organizations are taking a proactive bent and offering up resources to help member companies sort out the legislative tangles ahead.
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Sequester to reduce FDA food inspections
USA Today
The Food and Drug Administration will conduct fewer food safety inspections in 2013 because of the government sequester, commissioner Margaret Hamburg said recently, adding that furloughs are not expected.
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GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back
Reuters
New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.
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Mintel: Are all-natural claims losing their luster?
Food Navigator-USA.com
The phrase "all-natural" is still emblazoned on scores of new food and beverage launches, but not quite as many as it used to be, according to Mintel research.
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'Food fight' brewing on Capitol Hill
The Californian
Salinas Valley growers are up in arms over efforts by the canned food industry to change key language in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a federal project that provides fresh produce to more than 2,500 low-income elementary schools in the U.S.

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Frozen food gets ready for its image upgrade
NPR
Alarmed by a nation that increasingly equates fresh with healthy, the frozen food industry has a message for you. "What we call fresh in the supermarket is really better termed raw," says Kristin Reimers, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods.

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As FDA seeks fees to fund food safety, much of industry remains opposed
Food Safety News
While the Obama administration continues to make it clear that it will look to registration, inspection and import fees to fund food safety efforts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the future, much of the food industry continues to make it known they are downright opposed to the idea.

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Funky food from fruit byproducts
Phys.org
Researchers have found that reusing the byproducts of fruit and cereal processing could help promote the sustainability of the food industry, as long as its overall environmental fingerprint is clearly evaluated. Food processing of cereal and fruits creates a rather voluminous amount of byproducts.
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Time for a frank conversation? Industry debates trusting suppliers
Food Navigator-USA.com
Being circumspect when you talk to suppliers is one thing. But being so afraid of giving away your innovation pipeline that you leave them in the dark about your goals is plain counterproductive, according to R&D bosses at Starbucks, Molson Coors and Abbott Nutrition, speaking during the recent Food Technology & Innovation Forum.
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House conservatives to push own immigration agenda
The Washington Post
Influential House conservatives signaled they will pursue their own course on revising the nation's immigration laws, a move some lawmakers warned could derail a comprehensive overhaul that President Barack Obama has made a top priority for his second term.
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Opinion: Delivering 'Big Ethanol' a reality check on RINs
Politico
The adverse impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard on consumers, a range of industries and the environment are becoming increasingly apparent to lawmakers and Americans across the nation. It is time for Big Ethanol to have a reality check.
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