It was a busy week in food news. Catch up on what you missed with the stories below.
1. EPA Approves Enlist Duo, Weed Killer for Genetically Engineered Crops (Associated Press)
Big Agriculture was handed a major win this week, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its approval of the commercial herbicide Enlist Duo, a mixture of two other chemicals, 2,4-D and glyphosate. This decision comes following an earlier announcement from USDA giving the green light to genetically modified corn and soybeans that had been engineered to resist the potent herbicide. Read more
We’re here to catch you up on the week’s news in food.
1. Chipotle is Now Supporting 100 School Gardens Across the U.S. (Fast Company)
Chipotle–which has partnered with Slow Food in the past–has pledged to donate nearly $500,000 to build new gardens and improve existing ones. They’re also dedicating a marketing team of 45 people across the country who will pull together school garden volunteers and co-ordinate activities. Read more
Here is this week’s roundup of food news stories.
1. GMO Labeling Won’t Raises Prices for Consumers (RT News)
As voters in Oregon gear up to head to the polls in November, a new study may help them make a decision on Ballot Measure 92, also known as the state’s GMO labeling bill. The report from ECONorthwest aggregates findings from numerous studies that have looked at the prospective effect of GMO labeling on consumer prices. According to the findings, a measure like the one in Oregon would likely raise prices by $2.30 per person per year in total–less than the price of a gallon of milk. Meanwhile, in Colorado, where a similar measure will be on the ballot, Monsanto has pumped nearly $5 million into a campaign to convince consumers that GMO labeling will cause prices to skyrocket.
It’s been a busy week in food news; catch up with us here.
1. Soda Makers Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Join in Effort to Cut Americans’ Drink Calories (New York Times)
This week, the American Beverage Association announced that major soft drink companies were pledging to reduce beverage calories consumed per person nationally by 20 percent by 2025. This might sound like a big deal, but if you read the fine print, you’ll see that the companies are not planning to sell fewer products. Rather, they’re “expand[ing] the presence of low- and no-calorie drinks, as well as drinks sold in smaller portions.” And as author and New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle points out: soda sales are already on the decline. If the industry is serious about helping Americans drink fewer sugary beverages, it would drop its $2 million opposition to soda taxes in San Francisco and Berkeley. Read more
Check out some of the food news stories that grabbed our attention this week.
1. White House Unveils Plan to Curb Antibiotic Resistance (Various)
President Obama released a plan to combat the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, a problem the administration says poses a “serious threat to public health, national security, and the economy.” Highlights of the plan include a report that outlines goals and strategies to combat the issue, as well as an executive order that creates a task force and advisory council to put those strategies into action. While the effort undoubtedly sheds light on the crisis of antibiotic resistance, which costs the U.S. economy at least $20 billion a year, some critics argue that the plan doesn’t put enough pressure on one of the biggest culprits: animal agriculture. Read more
Here’s what caught our eyes in food news in the past week:
1. Group Pressures Foster Farms to Address Antibiotics (Los Angeles Times) Read more
We’re welcoming the beginning of Fall with a fresh set of food news stories that caught our eye this week.
1. Chicken Company Perdue Takes Big Steps to Reduce Antibiotic Use (Wired) Read more
It might be the end of Summer, but the food news doesn’t go fishing. Here’s what we read this week that caught our eye.
1. Don’t Let Americans Put Hormones and Pesticides in Our Dinner, Warns Jamie Oliver as He Launches Latest Food Offensive (Daily Mail) Read more
Here are a few of the food stories that caught our eye this week.
1. Nearly Half of All Americans Will Get Type 2 Diabetes (The Guardian) Read more
Even in the dog days of summer, the food news keeps coming. Here’s what caught our eye this week.
1. Missouri Approves “Right to Farm” Amendment By Narrow Margin, Recount Possible (New York Times)
The amendment, which provides large farms with protection against regulation of practices such as the use of genetically engineered seeds and animal confinement, passed with 50.1 percent of the vote or 2,528 votes (less than one-half of one percent). Read more