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Senate panel dives into debate over how to ramp up U.S. aquaculture

The United States has unrivaled potential for a booming aquaculture industry but regulatory uncertainty is scaring off companies and investors, a panel of industry experts and stakeholders told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday (Oct. 16).   

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Breakthrough Brexit deal offers hope to agri-food sector – but fears still persist

The United Kingdom has finally reached agreement with the EU on revised terms for its departure from the Union, and on the basis of its subsequent future partnership. But as things stand, there is still no certainty as to whether any of the provisions agreed will actually come into effect as planned at the end of this month – or at all.

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FDA rejects petition to set acrylamide safety limits in foods

FDA has denied a consumer group’s petition to set acrylamide safety levels in foods and to deem foods exceeding those levels as adulterated.

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Court sinks key federal aquaculture permit

A federal judge has struck down a move by the Trump administration to allow the expansion of shellfish aquaculture along the coast of Washington state, ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to fully consider the environmental impacts of the decision and violated federal law.

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Appellate Body ‘inevitably’ headed for hiatus: WTO facilitator

A hiatus in the functioning of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – a cornerstone of its dispute settlement process – is inevitable, Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand told WTO’s General Council, and the US rejected his proposal aimed at addressing US concerns to break an impasse on the appointment of new judges to the body.

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Obesity “epidemic” is becoming a “world problem”, EESC leader warns

One-fifth of the European population now suffers from obesity and nearly one-tenth does not have access to safe and nutritious food, a panel debate at an event revealed.

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Experts tell the EU how to pay farmers for biodiversity

Different EU projects presented their findings on paying farmers to support biodiversity in Brussels today (October 17), providing insights that may shape the future of European agricultural policy.

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Dutch farmers continue protests over nitrogen emissions

Thousands of Dutch farmers demonstrated in The Hague again, for the third time this month, as they fear to become the main target of government measures to cut nitrogen emissions.

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Day ahead – Oct. 17, 2019: Disaster aid, NASS resurvey, Western Growers leadership

Disaster aid payments should begin flowing to farmers this week, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said it will have to resurvey corn and soybean harvested acreage in North Dakota and Minnesota due to recent snow and Western Growers announced Executive Vice President Dave Puglia has been tapped as the group’s next leader.

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Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

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Biofuel backers, refiners offer harsh criticism of EPA biofuel plan

Disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan unveiled Tuesday to account for the impact of small refinery exemptions (SREs) on biofuel usage was voiced by biofuel proponents and at least one group representing the oil and refining industry.

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EU to take Colombian French fry tariff case to WTO

The EU will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) at Colombia’s decision to impose anti-dumping import duties on European frozen French fries.

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Lithuanian MPs submit bill to introduce new tax on larger retailers

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers have submitted a draft bill to introduce a new tax on major retail chains.



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Danish report claiming sweets are greater climate burden than beef gets torn to shreds

A report out of Denmark stating that “alcohol, coffee and sweets are greater climate culprits than beef” has been heavily criticised by a number of organisations, partly because the study was funded by one of Denmark’s leading agriculture councils.

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Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

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Obesity “epidemic” is becoming a “world problem”, EESC leader warns

One-fifth of the European population now suffers from obesity and nearly one-tenth does not have access to safe and nutritious food, a panel debate at an event revealed.

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Court sinks key federal aquaculture permit

A federal judge has struck down a move by the Trump administration to allow the expansion of shellfish aquaculture along the coast of Washington state, ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to fully consider the environmental impacts of the decision and violated federal law.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement Environment and Conservation

Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

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Coalition of advocates, industry commits to reducing heavy metals in baby food

Following new findings that heavy metals – including lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic – are present in 95% of toddler and baby foods, a new coalition of food companies, academic bodies, and advocacy groups is looking for ways to change the status quo and reduce those levels.

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EPA has set new tolerances for residues of the herbicide indaziflam in or on tropical and subtropical fruit.

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