Vilsack highlights Biden’s support of ethanol
Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former agriculture secretary and Iowa governor, made a virtual campaign sweep through the farm state last week on behalf of Joe Biden, emphasizing that the Democratic presidential nominee was a friend of ethanol.
Pandemic paradox: As food poverty rises, so does obesity
The Covid-19 pandemic has limited trips to the grocery store, shut down neighborhood markets and generally made it harder for people struggling financially to find affordable healthy food, reports Bloomberg. As a result, more people are relying on cheaper and more easily accessible fast and ultra-processed food, driving up rates of obesity around the world.
How Covid-19 spread in Brazilian JBS plants: Over 4,000 JBS employees have tested positive for Covid-19 and at least six have died in the meatpacker’s home country of Brazil; the nation has the world’s third-largest outbreak of the virus. (Reuters)
Another poultry antitrust lawsuit: Bob Evans, Fresh Market and Wawa joined the lineup of companies suing Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride and other major poultry producers for alleged price fixing between 2008 and 2017. (Bloomberg)
Food wrappers top coastal litter: For the first time in 34 years, cigarette butts were supplanted by food wrappers as the leading item found along beaches and waterway in the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup. (Ocean Conservancy)
Farming tops national poll: For the first time in two decades, farming and agriculture is the business sector that has the most positive perception among Americans, according to a new Gallup poll. (Gallup)
Scarce canning supplies: The virus-driven gardening boom has produced a scarcity of supplies with which to preserve home-grown fruits and vegetables. (Associated Press)