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Pass the ketchup — California breaks processing tomato record
Western Farm Press
For 2015, California processing tomato contracted production is forecast at 14.5 million tons, 4 percent higher than last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average processing tomato yields are about 49.5 tons per acre. The total acreage for harvested tomatoes is 293,000 acres, a 3-percent increase over last year.
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Citrus psyllid: Growing urgency to stop disease
The Press Enterprise
If Hollywood made a thriller about this disease, it would include scenes of scientists working frantically in their labs, members of the public wringing their hands and an illustrated map showing a slowly growing shadow swallowing up more and more of the landscape. Ominous music with an insistent drumbeat would hang over the film.
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Chipotle vows to fight 'meritless' GMO lawsuit, but case highlights legal minefield over non-GMO claims
Food Navigator
Chipotle says it will vigorously defend a "meritless and unfair" lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its wares as non-GMO. But attorneys say the case shows that firms are vulnerable to civil litigation over non-GMO claims if genetic engineering has been used at any stage in the production process, even if their final products do not contain any detectable GM ingredients.
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Organic industry to launch 'myth-busting' social media campaign
Food Dive
The Organic Trade Association and dozens of organic brands and industry members are coming together for the month of September to launch a 30-day social media campaign aimed at clearing up misconceptions about the organic food industry. "Organic Myth-Busting Month" will use the hashtag #OrganicFestival.
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Judge blocks WOTUS rule one day before scheduled implementation
Agri-Pulse
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule from going into effect in a number of states, a victory for agricultural interests that had brought lawsuits to halt the rule.
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What's for lunch? California district serves only organic and non-GMO food
American School & University
As it kicks off the 2015-16 academic year, the Sausalito Marin City School District says it is the first in the nation to serve students food that is 100 percent organic and not genetically modified. The district says more than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito are eating sustainably sourced meals that are prepared at the schools through a program called The Conscious Kitchen.
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What's in that? Food companies scramble to satisfy 'clean eating'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
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How even subtle changes in food and nutrition labels exert power over consumer choices
Forbes
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.
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FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens
Reuters
Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases.
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