Congress Takes on GMO Labeling

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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.



MIDYEAR RECAP: PUSHBACK ON NEW POLICIES

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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.



Trade, Trans Fats and a Papal Treatise

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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.



N.C. “Ag-Gag” and S.F. Sugar Labels

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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.

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Attention on Antibiotics, Clashes over COOL

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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.



Pathogens, Pollinators and Additives

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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.



Reshaping Food Labels

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Companies are putting their reputations on the line by changing food production policies, but not all of their decisions are equal in the eyes of influencers. That was illustrated clearly by Chipotle Mexican Grill’s choice to eliminate genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients from its menu and by Tyson Foods’ resolve to no longer treat its chickens with antibiotics that are medically important for humans. See why Chipotle’s announcement brought a large serving of criticism and Tyson’s decision was seen as a bigger game-changer. You’ll find the details on these issues and more in the latest edition of Influence Feed.



Regulation and Rejoinders

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Influencers critical of modern agricultural practices are often quick to propagate information that showcases these modern practices in a negative light. This same group is noticeably silent when information is favorable. That was certainly the case following two recent reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding antibiotic use. See which report drew plenty of attention and which drew silence in the latest edition of Influence Feed.



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.



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