User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Policy
Last updated: Nov 19 2019 23:48 IST RSS 2.0
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Greeley’s meat packing plant broke regulations on water discharge for 5 years 19.11.2019 Denver Post: Local
For 60 consecutive months, the JBS Swift plant in Greeley failed to meet state and federal guidelines for the water it discharged from a holding pond near its slaughterhouse.
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Presidential Candidates Wouldn’t Touch This Radical Idea to Transform Agriculture—Until Now 17.11.2019 Mother Jones
Food and agriculture policies have been at best a fringe issues during the last few Democratic presidential primaries. Candidates tend limit their agricultural appeals to “broad value statements” rather than dive into the policy specifics “that would indicate they’ve given these issues the attention they deserve,” says Sarah Hackney, coalition director for the National Sustainable […]
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Think PFAS in food packaging are safe simply because FDA accepted their use? Think again. 13.11.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)—recently dubbed “forever chemicals”—have received a large amount of national attention, mostly due to contamination of drinking water affecting millions of Americans. Since June 2019, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its testing results from three studies, […]
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Time for a safer food supply: The legal challenge to FDA’s GRAS Rule 10.11.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund This blog initially was published as a guest column in Chemical Watch on September 9, 2019. After publication, FDA filed its reply brief to plaintiff’s August 23, 2019 brief. The briefings are complete and the case awaits a decision by the judge. Litigation is a time-consuming and […]
Uprooted: The 1950's plan to erase Indian Country 4.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In the 1950s, the United States government came up with a plan to solve what it called the "Indian problem." It would assimilate Native Americans by moving them to cities and eliminating reservations. The 20-year campaign failed to destroy Native cultures and tribal sovereignty, but its impact is still felt today.
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By the way, 23 people got sick from tainted romaine, FDA reveals 2.11.2019 LA Times: Environment

Months later, FDA reveals food-borne illness linked to California romaine lettuce

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Without a food safety overhaul for additives, the innovative food craze could spiral out of control 31.10.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director Every day brings reports of new ingredients that food innovators around the world have developed to meet consumer demands for a healthier and more sustainable food supply. The innovations range from new ways to extract useful additives from existing sources such as algae to bioengineering to make novel ingredients like […]
EDF joins court challenge of FDA’s refusal to ban use of perchlorate in food contact materials 29.10.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant Today, EDF, represented by Earthjustice, joined with other public health advocates in filing a lawsuit to overturn the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) May 2017 decision, reaffirmed in April 2019 that allows the continued use of perchlorate[1], at concentrations up to 12,000 parts per million, in […]
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Experts at Our Ocean Conference Tackle Climate-Ready Fisheries 23.10.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Experts at Our Ocean Conference Tackle Climate-Ready Fisheries
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Column: Trump proposes denying free school meals to a half-million children 22.10.2019 LA Times: Business

To save thousandths of a percent of the federal budget, Trump wants to throw a half-million children off the school lunch program.

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Global climate regulation looms on the horizon. Are banks and insurers ready? 8.10.2019
Regulatory scrutiny of sustainability risks has only just begun.
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Unions sue USDA seeking to halt new pork processing rule 8.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees.
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How the trade war crushed a growing Chinese market for U.S. cranberries 6.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. spent millions to get China to embrace the unknown fruit — and it did. Now, tariffs have driven China to buy its cranberries from other countries, leaving U.S. farmers in the lurch.
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Latest federal data on lead in food suggests progress made in 2016 was fleeting 3.10.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Total Diet Study (TDS) is an important source of data for both the agency and the public to estimate exposure, track trends, and set priorities for chemical contaminants in food. EDF analyzed TDS data for samples the agency collected […]
Dynamite vs. dairy cows: The odd legal foundations of Minneapolis labor law 3.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Century-old cases involving milk purity and the shack of a rogue explosives lover in Duluth have become weirdly relevant in the battle over Minneapolis’ sick leave and minimum wage ordinances.
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RELEASE: Major Food Retailers & Providers, Rice Industry Announce New Food Loss and Waste Efforts 24.9.2019 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Major Food Retailers & Providers, Rice Industry Announce New Food Loss and Waste EffortsMomentum on food loss and waste gaining, but action must accelerate to meet global target of 50% reduction, finds new report NEW YORK (September 24, 2019)— Leaders from across the food system today gathered in New York to announce landmark developments toward halving food loss and waste by 2030, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 12.3 to “halve per capita global... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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USDA offers pork companies a new inspection plan, despite opposition 18.9.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Under new federal rules, pork companies can hire workers to do some tasks currently reserved for federal inspectors in hog slaughterhouses. Critics say it's a move toward privatization.
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DHS Bars Congressional Staffers From Migrant Detention Centers After Reports Of Rotten Food, Kid Told To Eat Off Floor 29.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Staffers of the House Oversight Committee were allegedly told troubling accounts by migrant detainees, including toddlers forced to eat burritos and kids told to drink spilled soup off the floor.
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KFC and Beyond Meat are testing plant-based 'chicken' nuggets and wings 29.8.2019 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Green-striped buckets of Beyond Fried Chicken made from wheat gluten and KFC's coating offers more evidence Beyond Meat is aiming at meat eaters.

Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change 28.8.2019
Organic growing is proven to be better for biodiversity and chemical exposure, but is the food actually more nutritious?
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