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USDA imposes environmental studies for genetically engineered crops
The Hill
The Obama administration wants to do more studies about the impact that genetically engineered crops have on the environment. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will prepare environmental impact statements to "better inform decision-making" about corn, soybean and cotton crops genetically engineered to resist two herbicide varieties.
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Biotechnology Industry Organization: It's not too late to change the conversation on GMOs
FoodNavigator-USA.com
When it comes to winning hearts and minds about the merits of genetically engineered ingredients — and whether to alert consumers to their presence on food labels — it's fair to say that the biotech industry has not done a great job.
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House Agriculture Committee approves farm bill
The New York Times
After a recent late-night session, the House Agriculture Committee voted to approve a $940 billion farm bill, a day after the Senate passed its version, setting the stage for Congress to finally begin work on a new five-year bill.
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Judge: Referring 'natural' claims issue to FDA would be 'futile'
Food Navigator-USA.com
In an order that will be read carefully by those following "natural" labeling lawsuits, a California judge presiding over a lawsuit against General Mills has rejected an argument routinely made by defendants: that the FDA has primary jurisdiction when it comes to judging whether "natural" claims are deceptive.
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At trade talks, US, EU ready for fight on genetically modified crops
The Washington Post
Many Europeans see American farming and its reliance on genetically modified crops as more Frankenstein than Farmer in the Dell. Now, the opposition here to U.S. agricultural practices is threatening to become a major battle in discussions starting in June that could sweep away trade barriers between the United States and Europe.
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Former FDA official on GMO labeling: 'Science doesn't always win'
Food Navigator-USA.com
Whether the food industry likes it or not, when it comes to GMO labeling, the "train appears to have left the station," according to former FDA associate commissioner of foods Dr. David Acheson.
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Food supply under assault as climate heats up
NBC News
The U.S. food supply — from chickens injected with arsenic to dying bee colonies — is under unprecedented siege from a blitz of man-made hazards, meaning some of your favorite treats someday may vanish from your plate, experts say.
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Nutrition claims may lead to bigger portions
FoodNavigator.com
People tend to choose larger portions of foods when they are marketed as "healthy," suggests new research led by a team from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
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Don't judge a food by its color: Put some white in your bite
U.S. News & World Report
We've been told that the more color a fruit or vegetable displays, the more nutrients you'll find within. Although this may be true for some produce, "White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients" — published in the American Society for Nutrition's journal Advances in Nutrition — reminds us that when it comes to veggies, we ought to pay attention to white.
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Conflicting developments on timing of new food safety rules
National Law Review
Just as the FDA extended its comment period for input on two FSMA rules by another 120 days, a district court in California ruled the agency has violated the law by missing its FSMA implementation deadlines.

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Prop 65 reprisal: Brown seeks to rewrite toxins law
Los Angeles Times
Responding to complaints from businesses, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an overhaul of California's 26-year-old landmark clean water and anti-toxins law he said is being misused by "unscrupulous lawyers" filing lawsuits.

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Food companies' idea of healthy draws new heat
The Inquirer
The nation's largest food and beverage companies are under renewed attack for what critics see as misleading ads for obesity-promoting foods, especially ads aimed at kids.

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Could tax breaks for healthy food sales work better than food taxes?
FoodNavigator.com
Incentivizing the sale of healthy foods at the supermarket checkout could be more effective than food taxation for improving food choices, suggests a letter published in the British Medical Journal.
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Dear Consumers: Please don't start eating healthfully
Scientific American via Yahoo News
Dear Consumers: A disturbing trend has come to our attention. You, the people, are thinking more about health, and you're starting to do something about it. This cannot continue.
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How to meet the world's food needs in 2030
The Huffington Post
In 2012, the global population reached 7 billion. The planet faced severe droughts, soaring commodity prices and lagging food production. Are we staring down the Malthusian food and population disaster predicted in 1798? Or can innovation and technology come to the rescue? While the answer is too complex to know fully, it seems certain that the next decade will bring more volatility and disruption to the food industry and consumers. Changes in weather patterns, consumption and global trade will force most companies in the food production business to change the way their businesses operate.
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