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.



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.



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