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California agency issues intent to list glyphosate as carcinogen
Agri-Pulse
The California Environmental Protection Agency announced a notice of intent to list glyphosate, one of the most widely-used herbicides in agriculture, and three other chemicals to a list of carcinogens under the state's Proposition 65 law.
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FDA signs off on food safety rules
The Hill
The Obama administration has finalized a sweeping slate of regulations meant to protect people and animals from foodborne illnesses. The rules, which are required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, will require food manufactures to implement preventative controls to minimize the risk of contaminating food when it's manufactured, processed, packed or held by a facility.
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Chemical-free process approved for pasteurizing California almonds
Food Safety News
A technical review panel of the Almond Board of California has given its seal of approval to another chemical-free process for pasteurizing almonds. The technology being marketed by RF Biocidics of Sacramento uses radio frequency waves to zap pathogens, insects, and mold on almonds and other foods instead of using chemicals or steam. The process does not alter the taste or nutrient content, according to the company.
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Global packaged food market by 2020 will be a $3.03 trillion industry
Food Processing
Research and Markets, a Dublin-based market research company, unveils new data, opportunities and forecasts in its latest report, "World Packaged Food - Market Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014 - 2020." The food market is expected to bring in revenue by 2020 of $3.03 trillion, the report indicates, registering a compound annual growth rate of 4.5 percent from 2015 to 2020.
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4 labor-intensive crops farmers wish they had robots to harvest
NPR
If you're enjoying a late-summer fruit pie, consider what went into growing and harvesting that fruit. Chances are, it took a lot of human hands to ensure its skin would be perfect and smooth when you bought it. While machines have replaced human hands for a lot of farm jobs, many fruit, vegetable and nut farmers still rely heavily on people to plant, maintain and harvest their crops.
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Salinas Valley's thriving crops mask fears over the area's lone water source
Los Angeles Times
In this farming valley, often known as "America's salad bowl," the climate is cool and consistent, the soil is fertile, and an abundance of water has allowed a diverse set of crops to flourish. Farmers here produce almost two-thirds of the nation's lettuce and half of its broccoli and celery. One town calls itself the artichoke capital of the world.
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Food industry enlisted academics in GMO lobbying war, emails show
The New York Times
At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company's St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products. So Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, and its industry partners retooled their lobbying and public relations strategy to spotlight a rarefied group of advocates: academics, brought in for the gloss of impartiality and weight of authority that come with a professor's pedigree.
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Who should bear the costs of making our food safe?
Food Safety News
Is a simple cost-benefit analysis the right prism through which to view a preventive food safety program? Richard Williams' interesting, but ultimately misguided, critique of the Food Safety Modernization Act strongly relies on cost-benefit worries to argue against four regulations the Food and Drug Administration is proposing to implement the new law.
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Report: Free-from foods perceived more natural, healthier
Food Dive
About 84 percent of American consumers of free-from products, such as allergen-free or trans fat-free, said they purchase free-from foods because they believe those products are more natural or less processed. About 43 percent said free-from foods are healthier as well.
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Survey: Consumers more concerned with chemicals in food vs. foodborne illness
Food Safety Magazine
When it comes to food safety concerns, American consumers are most worried about chemicals in food, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation's 2015 Food and Health Survey. Previously, consumers' concerns were centered around foodborne illness.
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These are the people who haul our food across America
NPR
Chefs may now be celebrities, farmers our food heroes, and small-batch producers worthy of culinary canonization. Yet the workers who make up one of the largest groups in the American food system rarely get a mention: Truckers.
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