Category: Animal Health

GMO Labeling: A National Policy

Labeling of GMOs eclipsed other discussions of food and ag as Senators took on what one calls “the most important vote for agriculture in the last 20 years.” In the background, a poultry processor set new animal care standards and startups marketed meat substitutes for Fourth of July barbecues. See how the labeling vote shook out and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Chick Culling Curtailed, Soda Tax Approved

The biggest egg industry group is looking to change its policies regarding male chicks at the behest of a newcomer in the activist world. And Philadelphia just became the first major U.S. city to tax sugar-sweetened beverages. See what the movers and shakers of the industry have to say about these developments and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Third Party Regulations on the Farm

Several recent moves reiterated the role of large corporations in setting food production standards. When Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., announced it would transition to cage-free eggs, prominent voices hailed it as a tipping point for egg sourcing policies. Additionally, a group of British investors urged major restaurant chains to change antibiotic use policies when sourcing meat products. See how other companies are shaping the market and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Policy Pledges and Corporate Commitments

As antibiotic use and trade policies are seeing reform in the final year of the Obama Administration, the latter half of March brought with it an unmatched number of commitments from food companies changing their sourcing and labeling policies. Additionally, states have taken it upon themselves to raise wages for the nation’s lowest-earning workers. See how these changes are reshaping the market in this edition of Influence Feed.

Labeling Conversations Abound

GMO labeling continued to guide influencer discussions, often leading to further dialogue on the role of transparency in food labeling. Ag Day drew support for agriculture, with a strong showing on Twitter. A smattering of reports also prompted debate on policies ranging from food safety to food waste. Read about these topics and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

GMO Labeling Showdown

Influencers issued hundreds of comments on GMO labeling as legislators rushed to establish national standards and preempt a Vermont labeling law that goes into effect July 1. These events follow an unsuccessful effort by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to resolve the issue in talks with stakeholders. We outline the bills proposed to the Senate as well as influencer reactions to GMOs and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Chipotle Struggles, SmartLabels and Climate Talks

There is no shortage of influencer activity as 2015 draws to a close. Chipotle returned to the forefront of influencer conversations with a second round of foodborne illnesses. The Grocery Manufacturers Association’s SmartLabel and the Paris Climate Conference also garnered remarkable levels of attention. In addition, the “In Brief” section reflects a flurry of activity, covering an extra five topics.

GE Salmon and Antibiotic Awareness

The approval of a genetically engineered (GE) salmon reignited influencer discussions of genetically modified organisms and dominated influencer discussion in a week declared the World Antibiotics Awareness Week. Conversations about antibiotics and their role in both human health and animal agriculture spawned several large talking points — read about these topics and more inside this edition of Influence Feed.

Red and Processed Meats Face Scrutiny

Mainstream media coverage of food exploded when a World Health Organization (WHO) agency labeled processed meat “carcinogenic” and red meat “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The announcement dominated influencer discussions over the past week and even prompted The Late Show host Stephen Colbert to put bacon in his pipe and smoke it. Read about this story and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Limits of Legislation

Regulatory overseers are pushing back on rule-making bodies they say have gone too far. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans will not include sustainability, as the topic is beyond the purview of the Advisory Committee’s expertise. Additionally, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has deemed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule of the Clean Water Act an overreach by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These stories dominated conversations in a period that also saw the passage of a California law regarding antibiotics usage in livestock, settlement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and more.