The public interest in food — where it comes from and how it’s made — has created such a groundswell of demand for transparency, it’s spreading to all corners of the industry. Most recently, media interest in the people behind the food industry is putting academia in the spotlight. See why a series of emails has prompted scrutiny regarding the relationship between food industry groups and academics. You also can read more about the impact of the nation’s largest fast-food chain announcing its intentions to use eggs raised cage-free.
The latest flurry of reports regarding what we eat includes an investigation by Consumer Reports regarding production standards for ground beef. In other food debates, you can read about reaction to a government warning for labeling claims made by the makers of Just Mayo. And see comments by McDonald’s Corporation and Mercy For Animals regarding the practices of a Tennessee poultry supplier accused of animal mistreatment.
Critics were quick to jump on The Coca-Cola Company for its role in funding a nonprofit organization that blamed obesity on lack of exercise. See what detractors had to say about the soda maker and how Coca-Cola’s CEO responded. You can also see what beta-agonist growth promotant was caught in the crosshairs.
In recent weeks, activist groups have reinforced a push for greater transparency in the food and agriculture industries. In a ruling that animal rights groups touted as a victory for free speech, a judge overturned Idaho’s “ag-gag” law. Meanwhile, celebrities lobbied the Senate concerning labeling foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). See why each side of these issues questioned the other’s motivations in this edition of Influence Feed.
Influencers weighed in on a mounting battle in Congress involving proposed legislation that would preempt states from GMO labels on foods. Meanwhile, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is taking some heat after naming a new overseas supplier of pork. Plus, see why influencers continue to discuss avian flu in this edition of Influence Feed.
This edition of Influence Feed ranks the most highly discussed topics from the past six months as well as recent insight from our influencers. Commitments from large food companies and analysis from various nongovernmental organizations drove influencer conversations of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides. Regulatory action enflamed debates about agricultural policies and practices. Meanwhile, drought in California served as a consistent backdrop for commentary on agriculture in the United States.
In recent events, influencers have turned to Washington to address concerns about the health of humans and of poultry: Poultry farmers aired grievances regarding the handling of the avian flu epidemic; a nutrition study called for a reduction in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages; and the prepared food industry applauded a relaxed deadline on menu labeling.
In a move that streamlined trade negotiations, Congress granted the White House fast-track authority on making trade deals, sparking strong commentaries on all sides of the issue. Beyond trade, trans fats took a blow and the pope offered a tempered view of modern agriculture practices. See how influencers reacted to these developments in this installment of Influence Feed.
Two pieces of legislation recently approved in different parts of the country are testing the boundaries of what is considered protection in the food and agriculture industry. And influencers are reacting. In North Carolina, a new law gives civil protection to companies when someone gains access to record and publicize information about its operations. In San Francisco, a health warning on sugary beverages aims to protect consumer health. See why influencers are speaking out about the measures in this edition of Influence Feed.
Recent action by the White House, congress and government regulators on agriculture-related issues brought an interesting array of responses from influencers. Among the most hotly discussed issues recently: a multi-faceted approach to antibiotic use policy; the swift action by Congress to repeal country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements; a new strategy to support the nation’s bee population; and a revised ruling on which of the nation’s water sources fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. In this installment of Influence Feed, see which decisions drew the most support and which faced the most criticism.
A high-profile TV report that focused on Salmonella in chicken raised questions about the nation’s food safety system and who is responsible. A major restaurant chain is removing ingredients in an effort to promote transparency. Additionally, one of the country’s largest poultry processors adopted a new standard for antibiotic use. See where influencers focused most of their scrutiny in this edition of Influence Feed.
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