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June 28, 2016

 

JBS Marshalltown Pork

What A Slaughterhouse Looks Like From The Inside

While touring JBS Marshalltown Pork Plant, reporters were forbidden from taking photos, making audio recordings or quoting the company without permission.

June 27, 2016

 

aronia berries

Midwest Aronia Growers Hope To Capitalize On Superfood Trend

Aronia is the modern name for the native black chokeberry and it’s billed as a “superfood." A growing cadre of Midwest farmers is trying to get in on the craze.

June 24, 2016

 

gmo food label

Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill

The new bill would require companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients in foods. Critics dislike that the info does not have to appear on the label.

June 23, 2016

 

oreo thins display

When Food Packages Get Smaller, Profits Get Bigger

Offering foods in smaller packages gives companies the appearance of concern for consumer health, while allowing them to charge more per fluid ounce.

June 23, 2016

 

meat

More Must Be Done To Make Slaughterhouses Safer

OSHA is trying to learn more about injuries as they happen. The agency set a rule in 2015 that requires companies to report serious injuries within 24 hours.

June 20, 2016

 

Teresa

Slaughterhouse Workers Face Life-Long Injuries

Workers at meat processing plants describe punishing rates of production, leaving them with a lifetime of pain and physical problems.

June 19, 2016

 

DNA

‘Superbug’ Found In Illinois Meatpacking Facility

The worry is that this resistance will spread to bacteria that are also resistant to other drugs, effectively making bacteria immune to antibiotics.

June 18, 2016

 

pouring coffee into mug

Coffee Doesn’t Pose A Cancer Risk, WHO Panel Says

World Health Organization's cancer research agency listed coffee as a possible carcinogen in 1991, but the body of evidence now suggests that's not the case.

June 16, 2016

 

A piece of salmon is displayed on a plate

In Chile, Use Of Antibiotics In Salmon Hits 9-Year High

Salmon producers in Chile increased their use of antibiotics last year despite international pressure.

June 16, 2016

 

dairy farm

North Dakotans Vote To Keep Corporate Ag Out

A bill enacted last year overturned a previous ban on corporate farming in the state that had been in effect since 1932.

June 15, 2016

 

soda

UPDATE: Philly Now Largest City With Approved Soda Tax

The Philadelphia City Council voted last week in favor of a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks.

June 14, 2016

 

picture

Fines For Meatpackers’ Safety Problems ‘Embarrassingly Low’

Who is watching out for workers in the meat industry? Some charge government fines for safety problems are “embarrassingly low.”

June 13, 2016

 

Drew Fowler, a PhD student at the University of Missouri

Farmland Buffet Helps Snow Goose Population Boom

To manage overpopulation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relaxed hunting regulations on geese in 1999. Some farmers have opened up their property to hunters.

June 10, 2016

 

Grain

No Room At The Bin: Wheat Surpluses Largest Since 1988

Already existing grain surpluses combined with a nearly 30 percent increase this year means farmers are losing money and places to store grain.

June 10, 2016

 

How The Futures Market Keeps Your Grocery Bill Down (Video)

The futures market helps both producers and users of a major commodity, such as corn, defend themselves against major prices changes.

June 9, 2016

 

Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero (left) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Vilsack: U.S. Relationship With Cuba Begins With Agriculture

Cuba is an important ally for the U.S. on some hot-button international agriculture issues, such as food safety and animal health regulations, Vilsack said.

June 9, 2016

 

roundup

Goodbye Glyphosate? EU Says No To Chemical Sale Extension

An EU proposal to extend the sale of the chemical in Monsanto's Roundup has failed to garner enough support in the EU.

June 9, 2016

 

Meat products labeled

USDA Extends Comment Deadline For Organic Meat Rules

Heads of agriculture committees in both chambers of Congress got their request for more time to gather comments about “certified organic” labels.

June 5, 2016

 

Tomatoes from Canada, Mexico, and Florida

In Search Of Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes

More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade-houses," and flavor is improving.

June 3, 2016

 

sodium diagram with sandwich

FDA Guidelines Target The Sodium Hiding In Our Diets

Most of the salt we consume is in our food before it hits the table. The FDA is leaning on the food industry to voluntarily reduce sodium in processed foods.

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