Is America’s food supply safe from terrorist attacks? – September 11, 2020

Is America’s food supply safe from terrorist attacks? No. The United States spends more than $1 billion every year to keep America’s food supply safe, but even without terrorism, food-borne diseases cause about 5,000 deaths and 325,000 hospitalizations each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…. Continue reading

Siding with farmers, Trump tells EPA to deny retroactive biofuel waiver requests – September 10, 2020

Siding with farmers, Trump tells EPA to deny retroactive biofuel waiver requests With an eye toward shoring up Farm Belt support less than two months before the election, President Trump directed the EPA to deny dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws, Reuters reported on… Continue reading

Risk of ‘food nationalism’ as coronavirus pandemic sweeps world – September 4, 2020

Risk of ‘food nationalism’ as coronavirus pandemic sweeps world The world’s grain reserves are large, with a bumper crop on the horizon, but the coronavirus pandemic has already inspired agricultural protectionism in a small number of countries, said analysts in a think tank paper this week. Separately, former Agriculture Undersecretary… Continue reading

USDA to release coronavirus reserve funds, makes more products eligible – September 3, 2020

USDA to release coronavirus reserve funds, makes more products eligible More than half a million farmers and ranchers will get a second round of coronavirus relief payments, worth an estimated $1.4 billion, said the Agriculture Department on Tuesday as it made dozens of additional commodities eligible for aid and gave… Continue reading