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All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Red Meat and Cancer, Americans Eating Less, and Sea Slaves

The World Health Organization Is Expected to Say Red Meat Is Linked to Cancer (Quartz)

In April 2014, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited studies linking red and processed meats to colorectal, esophageal, lung, and pancreatic cancer. Since then, the agency has been collecting additional data and it is expected to release a report with their final decision in October.

FDA Says Consumers Should Have More Details About ‘Added Sugars’ In Foods (The Washington Post)

Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved forward with a controversial proposal requiring food nutrition labels to list the amounts of added sugars, including the percentage the sugar adds to a person’s daily recommended intake.

Americans Are Finally Eating Less (The New York Times)

Researchers say a growing public awareness has led to a decline in calorie consumption across most major demographic groups for the first time in 40 years. Since the mid-1970s, when American eating habits began to rapidly change, calorie consumption had been on a near-steady incline.

Scientists Say Outlook for Pacific Bluefin Is Worse Than Previously Thought (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

According to a new analysis conducted by Japanese scientists, the bluefin population is in more danger than previously thought. The analysis says that the size of the bluefin stock will continue to decline through 2018, even with full implementation of existing conservation measures.

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Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business? (NPR)

Under current FDA rules, a single fish species can go by multiple names from the time it’s caught to the time it ends up on your plate. Oceana, an ocean conservation group, argues that these inconsistencies can make efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud more difficult, and that the FDA should require a species’ Latin scientific name or common name to be used in all cases.

‘Sea Slaves’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets and Livestock (The New York Times)

In many parts of the world, trafficked slaves are catching a great deal of the small “forage fish” that is sold to the U.S. for canned cat and dog food, as well as much of the feed for poultry, pigs, and farm-raised fish.

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops (NPR)

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California growers are switching to more profitable, more drought-tolerant crops like grapes, pomegranates, and dragonfruit. 

Businesses Join White House Climate Push (The Hill)

Thirteen of America’s largest companies, representing a market capitalization of at least $2.5 trillion, are joining President Obama’s efforts to curb the effects of climate change. The list includes food giants Cargill, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo.

Beverage Group Sues S.F. Over Soda Warnings, Advertising Ban (The San Francisco Chronicle)

The American Beverage Association–the industry group representing PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, etc–is suing the city of San Francisco on the grounds that its new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages and prohibiting advertisements of them on city property violates the First Amendment.

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Future Unsure for Troubled New Mexico Green Chile Production (The Seattle Times)

Labor shortages, shrinking acreage, drought, and foreign competition are threatening New Mexico’s green chile production. Green chiles have been a staple of New Mexico cuisine for centuries.

Krista Holobar is the former social media editor at Civil Eats. She has been interested in sustainable food since becoming a vegetarian in 2010. In her spare time, she is most often found at the farmers' market or in the kitchen. Read more >

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  1. The news that Americans are finally beginning to eat less is welcome and encouraging. But note that we still have a long way to go to return to the calorie levels we were consuming as recently as the 1970s. Hopefully this positive momentum will continue. Note that the NYT piece attributes much of the reversal in caloric intake to a reduction in the consumption of sugary beverages, which makes the link to the American Beverage Association lawsuit against S.F. particularly relevant and interesting.
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    Why are you ignoring the farmer demonstrations in Europe and UK? Very difficult for commodity farmers to survive in increasingly globalized markets pushing farmgate prices lower and lower.

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