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Food and Health Policy

Food Policy

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USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

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Nestlé speeds up shift from single-use plastic

Nestlé has stepped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste and meet its goal of make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, unveiling what it called a “broader vision and action plan.”

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School nutrition group seeks changes in USDA's Smart Snacks at School

Now that USDA has met their requests for loosening the rules on school nutrition requirements related to sodium, milk and whole grains, school nutrition professionals are seeking to alleviate the mandates of another Obama-era school food program.

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Nebraska joins states looking to regulate labeling of cell- and plant-based meats

Following the lead of Missouri, more U.S. states are considering enacting statutes that regulate the labeling of plant- and cell- based meat products.

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Policy-makers urged to promote high fibre diet following WHO study

Governments should strengthen nutrition policies to encourage a high fibre diet, according to a study commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which found that a high intake of dietary fibre and whole grains is associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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Health and Nutrition

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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

School nutrition group seeks changes in USDA's Smart Snacks at School

Now that USDA has met their requests for loosening the rules on school nutrition requirements related to sodium, milk and whole grains, school nutrition professionals are seeking to alleviate the mandates of another Obama-era school food program.

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Policy-makers urged to promote high fibre diet following WHO study

Governments should strengthen nutrition policies to encourage a high fibre diet, according to a study commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which found that a high intake of dietary fibre and whole grains is associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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House passes USDA/FDA appropriations, but bill stymied in the Senate

The Democrat-led House voted to reopen USDA and FDA and passed the Senate version of the FY 2019 Appropriations bill, but not before Republicans called the spending bill a “charade” and “dead on arrival.”

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Stabenow seeks info on farmer, USDA impacts from shutdown

Concerns over impacts USDA agencies, farmers and USDA employees has prompted a key lawmaker to seek details from USDA on the situation.

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Tax Policy

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Day ahead – December 21, 2018: Partial government shutdown looms, Mattis to exit, tax bill in House

The possibility of a government shutdown remains after the House approved a short-term spending plan with wall funding that will not clear the Senate. Another official in the Trump administration has announced an exit and the House passed a tax bill that will not likely become law.

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Day ahead – December 18, 2018: Farm bill finish line, biodiesel credit and China ASF actions

Both the House and Senate took their turns on the farm bill and now it is up to President Donald Trump to sign the measure into law. Efforts on the biodiesel tax credit continue and China keeps trying to rein in African swine fever.

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Day ahead – December 13, 2018: More access for foreign companies in China, tax package, Chinese farm mechanization push

China said it would increase access for foreign companies to operate in its domestic market. Meanwhile, uncertainty surrounds the fate of a tax package in Congress and China continues to push forward with a farm mechanization effort.

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