User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
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August should be good month for salmon fishing 31.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The ocean salmon fishery is still topping the news with anglers catching fairly easy limits of kings and hatchery coho.
Meat producer Cargill to close Milwaukee beef plant due to cattle shortage; 600 to lose jobs 31.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Brazil Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Bugs 30.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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3 ways food and beverage companies can lead on sustainability 30.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Ceres/Sustainalytics study looks at 20 areas and finds that Campbell Soup, PepsiCo, and 22 others have many successes — but need a few pointers.

3 ways food and beverage companies can lead on sustainability
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In China food testing, safety inspectors are often one step behind 30.7.2014 Health
By Adam Jourdan and Clare Baldwin SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - When inspectors visited Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd earlier this summer, the production line at the plant now at the centre of an international food scandal appeared in good order, with fresh meat being handled by properly-attired workers and supervisors keeping a watchful eye over the process. On July 20, following an undercover local TV report that alleged workers used expired meat and doctored food production dates, regulators closed the factory, which is part of OSI Group LLC, a U.S. food supplier. Police have detained five people including Shanghai Husi's head and quality manager. The scandal - which has hit mainly big foreign fast-food brands including McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc , which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains - underlines the challenges facing inspectors in China's fast-growing and sprawling food ...
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Improvement of Agricultural Life Cycle Assessment Studies through Spatial Differentiation and New Impact Categories: Case Study on Greenhouse Tomato Production 29.7.2014 pubs.acs.org

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es501474y
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Show Me the Money: Corporate Ag Bankrolling Missouri's Amendment 1 29.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The people who tried a full-on repeal of Prop B - the 2010 voter-approved ballot measure to crack down on cruelty to dogs in a state that had become notoriously known as the puppy mill capital of the United States- are now trying to pull a fast one on Missouri voters in a statewide vote next Tuesday, August 5th. The state has long had a statutory "right to farm" provision. Now, through Amendment 1 , they want a "right to farm" provision in the state constitution, far more sweeping in effect, that reads in part that "farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in the state." What would Amendment 1 mean in practical terms? Assuming the worst-case scenario: The state could not restrict foreign ownership of factory farms, or impose standards for animal care on these megafactories. That should concern every family farmer. The state could not restrict captive shooting of deer on hundreds of cervid ranches in the state. That should concern every sportsman, since deer farming ranches are at odds ...
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Afghans Don't Like Soybeans, Despite a Big US Push 28.7.2014 Truthout.com
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No burgers at some China McDonald's over food scare 28.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories

A sign telling customers that there is only a limited menu available is displayed at a McDonald's restaurant in Shanghai on July 28, 2014McDonald's outlets in Beijing and Shanghai have yanked their flagship burgers off the menu after a key US supplier recalled products made by its Shanghai factory, which is alleged to have used expired meat.


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Biologists track fish recovery in tough conditions on Elwha River 28.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Biologists work to keep track of fish recovery in the Elwha River.
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Biologists track fish recovery in tough conditions on Elwha River 28.7.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Biologists work to keep track of fish recovery in the Elwha River.
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Insecticides in our food and water, new studies find 26.7.2014 Twincities.com: Local

Nicotine-related insecticides widely used on crops are finding their way into the food we eat and the water we drink, two national studies published in the past two months have concluded.

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Tyson Foods to shut three factories, cut 950 jobs 26.7.2014 Health
(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc said it will discontinue operations at three of its factories which make processed meat products such as sausages and hot dogs, affecting about 950 people. The largest U.S. meat processor, which won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co in June, said the closures were not related to the acquisition. "The decision to close these plants was underway long before the (Hillshire) discussions began", Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson told Reuters. Tyson outbid Pilgrim's Pride Corp with its $63 per share offer for Hillshire, valuing the Jimmy Dean sausages maker at $8.55 ...
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5 ways to improve global food security 25.7.2014 TreeHugger
The US produces more than enough food to feed the world, but hunger is still a major issue around the world. A new study proposes some ways to change that.
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Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety 25.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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McDonald's Meat Scandal Leads To Detainment Of 5 People In China 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SHANGHAI/LANGFANG, China, July 23 (Reuters) - Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands including KFC and McDonald's Corp over allegations the firm supplied out-of-date meat. The five detained include the head of the company - Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC - and the firm's quality manager, the police said in an online statement. It gave no other details. McDonald's, Yum Brands Inc, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, and coffee chain Starbucks Corp are among global brands to have pulled products from their outlets after it emerged that Shanghai Husi supplied expired meat to clients in China, as well as Japan, in the latest in a series of food safety scandals in the country. Earlier, the official Xinhua news agency cited the Shanghai food and drug watchdog as saying that food safety violations at Shanghai Husi were company-led rather than the acts of individuals. "We ...
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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide 22.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.
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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 21.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Ag-Gag Laws Are Un-American and Unconstitutional 21.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There have been dozens of undercover employment-based investigations of the meat, dairy, and egg industries by animal protection groups in the past 15 years. These investigations have led to felony conviction for egregious cruelty to animals , the country's largest meat recall , and a civil settlement of $497 million . They have also led to improved conditions for farm animals, laws against certain confinement systems in nine states, and corporate farm animal welfare policies from most of the country's largest fast food restaurants, grocery chains, and meat companies, from McDonald's and Burger King to Smithfield Foods and Hormel. In 2011, the meat industry responded, but not by improving conditions for farm animals; instead, it proposed laws in four states to prohibit the investigations. In 2012, pro-factory farm legislators enacted three such laws, and last year, they proposed eleven more. This year, they have proposed half a dozen, and passed one. Animal protection, consumer safety, and free speech ...
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China shuts meat factory supplying McDonald's, KFC 21.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Shanghai has shut a factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said Monday in China's latest food safety scandal. Shanghai television, which reported the original allegations, said that workers at the OSI China plant in the city mixed expired meat with the fresh product and deliberately misled quality inspectors from ...
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