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As 2013 comes to a close, CLFP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the CLFP Food Flash a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.

'Food fight' brewing on Capitol Hill
The Californian
From May 1: 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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In blow against Prop 65, California judge rejects demand for health warnings
Food Navigator-USA.com
From Aug. 7: A California superior court judge has rejected demands from an environmental advocacy group for health warnings on packaged fruit and vegetable products, 100 percent fruit juices and baby foods.
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Virus, bad weather hamper California tomato crop
Capital Press
From July 17: A virus and adverse weather conditions have hampered the tomato harvest in California, as growers of processing tomatoes have so far failed to meet their contractual production levels. Tomato growers in the San Joaquin Valley were grappling this spring with the beet curly top virus, which was reported to cause as much as 50 percent damage to fields in Fresno County.
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Prosecutions scare food industry
Politico
From Oct. 16: When it comes to massive, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, implicated companies have always paid a price — in legal and medical costs, if not a loss in business, shattered consumer confidence and even bankruptcy. But until recently, criminal penalties have been virtually unheard of. The Obama administration is changing the legal landscape, however.
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Debunking 'the big lie' about genetically engineered crops
Forbes
From May 29: In spite of two decades of stunning scientific, humanitarian and financial successes and an admirable record of health and environmental safety, the application of genetic engineering to agriculture is still beleaguered by activists. And they will be out in force May 25 for the "March Against Monsanto," which will be marked by numerous events worldwide to protest the company's prominence in the production of genetically engineered crop plants.
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Genetically modified foods: Why all the fuss?
Food Safety Magazine
From June 5: According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, the global percentage of the undernourished fell from 33 percent in 1969 to 16 percent in 2010 — while the population boomed. Genetically modified crops play an increasingly important role in this trend.
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Guess who holds power in food industry? (Not the processors)
Food Processing
From Oct. 16: Once upon a time food processors were the power brokers in the food industry and supermarkets and grocery stores were just their retail outlets. But the balance of power has shifted dramatically.
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Fructose: Toxic sugar or tortured logic?
Food Processing
From April 3: Americans haven't been told that, after all the fuss, the case against high-fructose corn syrup lacked a smoking gun. There was simply no evidence to show that HFCS — a glucose-fructose disaccharide generally between 42 and 55 percent fructose — is metabolically different from table sugar, a nearly identical combo of 50-50 glucose-fructose. Nevertheless, the name high-fructose corn syrup became toxic on a label. Meanwhile, some researchers, determined to demonstrate once and for all that sugar is directly responsible for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, turned their attention toward fructose itself, expanding the guilty parties to include all foods that contain fructose, including HFCS and sucrose, along with all fruit juices.
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California farmers team up to convert beets to ethanol
The Associated Press via Boston Herald
From March 27: Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets. But these beets won't be processed into sugar. A dozen farmers, supported by university experts and a $5 million state grant, are set to start construction of a Fresno County demonstration plant that will convert the beets into ethanol.
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Top 10 food trend predictions for 2014
Supermarket Guru
From Nov. 27: After conducting a survey with the SupermarketGuru.com Consumer Panel on behalf of ConAgra Foods, Phil Lempert and company have pinpointed the top 10 predictions food retailers need to know going into 2014.
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