International contest of ideas: Farm to Fork vs. productivity coalition – September 17, 2021

International contest of ideas: Farm to Fork vs. productivity coalition The United States will launch a “coalition for productivity growth” to promote the use of high-tech tools such as gene editing and precision agriculture to build a more sustainable food system, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday. The coalition… Continue reading

House panel asks meatpackers how many Covid-19 infections and deaths they had at their plants – September 16, 2021

House panel asks meatpackers how many Covid-19 infections and deaths they had at their plants The toll the coronavirus has taken on the meatpacking industry may be greater than currently thought, said a House panel on Wednesday in asking Cargill and National Beef, two of the largest U.S. meat processors,… Continue reading

House panel approves $66 billion ag bill; change in ‘stepped-up basis’ is abandoned – September 14, 2021

House panel approves $66 billion ag bill; change in ‘stepped-up basis’ is abandoned The Democratic-controlled House Agriculture Committee approved its $66 billion part of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion “build back better” bill on a party-line vote Monday, with Chairman David Scott saying he was confident that $28 billion will be… Continue reading

Price tag for new nutrition and ag spending nears $100 billion – September 13, 2021

Price tag for new nutrition and ag spending nears $100 billion During congressional committee work on the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion “build back better” bill, majority-party House Democrats approved a $35 billion expansion of child nutrition programs last week and were expected to vote on Monday for an additional $66… Continue reading

Critics say a lack of diversity among nutrition professionals skews America’s understanding of dietary health – September 10, 2021

Critics say a lack of diversity among nutrition professionals skews America’s understanding of dietary health In the U.S., the field of dietetics and nutrition — and, accordingly, the corps of professionals who shape how Americans understand dietary health, in part by helping draft the national dietary guidelines — has a… Continue reading