Antibiotic Resistance Plan, Glyphosate Debate

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Discussion regarding antibiotic use in food production continues to gain prominence. See what the White House has announced regarding its position on fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria and why one vocal congresswoman says the administration’s position does not go far enough. You’ll find reactions to this and other issues shaping food and agriculture in the latest edition of Influence Feed.

Celebrating and Debating Agriculture

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Debate over food entered the 2016 presidential race even before there was an officially declared candidate. We’re seeing high-level discussions about food and agriculture from Iowa to Manhattan. In recent weeks, we’ve also seen celebrations of National Ag Day and condemnations of modern farming practices. In this edition of Influence Feed, watch the videos that have the industry buzzing and see why a slice of cheese has plenty of people divided.

Action on Antibiotics

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When the world’s largest fast food chain makes new policy about the food it sources, people listen. That certainly was the case when McDonald’s announced its U.S. restaurants would stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics important to human medicine. See what influencers are saying about the McDonald’s reactions to this and the other biggest stories in food and agriculture in this edition of Influence Feed.

Diet, Deregulation and Drones

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It’s a good time for cholesterol, in the sense that foods high in cholesterol might not be viewed as quite the scourge they once were. Newly revised dietary guidelines are attracting plenty of influencer reaction, not only because of the new perspective on cholesterol but also the call for diets heavier on plant-based food and lighter on meat. Which sounds like the perfect occasion for an apple, right? That depends on whom you ask. See why one kind of apple in particular is getting a lot of attention.

You’ll find these issues and more in the latest edition of Influence Feed.

Food Safety: Oversight and Perceptions

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What’s the best way to enforce food safety rules? Proposals from legislators and the White House to overhaul the nation’s regulatory system have ignited plenty of discussion. And it appears more discussion is needed among scientists and the general public, based on a new poll that shows a massive gap in opinion on issues regarding science, engineering and technology. Influencers weigh in on why that’s happening and whether it’s a concern.

You’ll find reaction to these issues and more in this installment of Influence Feed.

Strengthening Standards

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The new year is bringing new issues and fresh debates to the food industry. Chicken producers are operating under new food safety standards. Chipotle is drawing attention to its own supplier guidelines, which are affecting its menu. And the Food Tank Summit stimulated plenty of opinions on the most pressing needs for the food system.

See reactions to these issues and more in this installment of Influence Feed.

2014 Year End Retrospective

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This edition of Influence Feed highlights the most highly discussed topics from the second half of 2014 as well as providing recent insight from our influencers. After processing tens of thousands of communications, certain subjects dominated conversations among influencers: sustainability, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), organic food, food regulation and foodborne illness. Below are some of the highlights of each topic since July.

Also covered in this edition are highlights from recent stories. California made headlines with the implementation of space requirements for egg-laying hens and the lifting of a ban on foie gras; trade relations with Cuba are thawing; and President Obama signed off on legislation known as the “Cromnibus.”

Images and Inquiries

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See what influencers are saying about a contract chicken farmer for Perdue who let the cameras of an advocacy group inside his operation. You also find reaction to a public policy group’s analysis of new government recommendations on antibiotic use in animal agriculture. Plus, keep up with the latest debates — even courteous ones — over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Find these issues and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

This will be the last edition of Influence Feed for 2014. We’ll take a break and be back with more coverage of influential voices in food and agriculture in early January 2015.

Serving Up Discussion

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Thanksgiving marked a celebration of views for influencers, who used the holiday to examine hot-button issues in food production. In addition to the turkey talk, there was plenty of buzz about new rules requiring calorie-count information from chain restaurants, movie theaters, and grocery and convenience stores that sell prepared foods for takeout. You’ll also want to see the food industry reaction to President Obama’s executive order to protect undocumented workers from deportation. Find these issues and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Measuring The Midterms

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Influencers chimed in on the Nov. 4 midterm election results, as battles for congressional seats and state and local ballot measures resolved. Ballots determined not only who would fill the seats of congress, but also several measures related to food and agriculture at the state and local levels.

In addition, newly-filed lawsuits drew attention to ractopamine and mayonnaise, while activist groups highlighted the idea of a National Food Policy, Gov. Chris Christie’s upcoming decision regarding sow housing, and the new GMO potato. See how various voices vied for political and legal control of the food and agriculture debate in this edition of Influence Feed.

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