Category: Food Waste

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.

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.

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.

Antibiotics Progress and Climate Stewardship

National and international groups are working with stakeholders to develop better strategies for tackling complex food issues. In the United States, antibiotic stewardship is drawing industry feedback. Meanwhile, food waste and climate change are prompting commitments from food companies and governments in preparation for United Nations (U.N.) resolutions. Read about these efforts and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Trends in Transparency

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.

Congress Takes on GMO Labeling

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.

Clashes Over Health

Red meat has once again risen to the forefront among influential conversations about healthfulness. The release of a study showing red meat consumption in early adulthood could create a higher risk of breast cancer gathered widespread attention. There were also spirited debates over GMO labeling, use of artificial ingredients in food service and soda sizes in New York City.

In Washington, D.C., a summit over soda stirred a many-sided dialogue in social media. In particular, talk of a soda tax gathered a lot of attention, not only in principle but also in detail over whether such a tax could be most effective based on size or calorie count.

Twitter was a battleground in the debate over school lunches. Deliberation in Congress over whether schools that show financial hardship should be exempt from nutrition standards continued a dispute that included lunch worker lobbyists and the first lady.

You’ll find these issues and more in the latest summary of discussions from influential voices in food and agriculture.

Numbers, Figures and the Fine Print

Between announcing the federal government’s first major updates to the Nutrition Facts panel in 20 years and the restriction of in-school advertising of foods that don’t meet healthy guidelines, first lady Michelle Obama had a busy couple of weeks. Those announcements made waves throughout food and agriculture circles, as did a few other players who approached the issues with eye-catching facts to get results. Azodicarbonamide would probably have not been removed from Subway’s ingredient list had a blogger not pointed out that the common dough conditioning agent was also used in the manufacture of yoga mats. The USDA, in an effort to resuscitate its Food Waste Challenge program, calculated the waste figure in the trillions of calories. And a publicity writer compared the cancer risks of eating animal protein to those of smoking, generating a massive discussion about a well-debated topic in an academic study published in Cell Metabolism.