Category: International Trade

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.

Antibiotic Resistance and FDA Action

Worries about antibiotic resistance and its ties to livestock agriculture were intensified by the discovery of a strain of E. coli resistant to the “last-resort” drug colistin. And prominent voices debated new FDA policies after the agency announced a new Nutrition Facts panel and, later, issued new guidelines on sodium intake. See how these discussions and more played out 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.

2015 Year End Retrospective

This edition of Influence Feed ranks the most highly discussed topics from the past six months as well as recent insight from our influencers. GMO labeling took the spotlight, primarily following congressional debates about state and national labeling rules. Food safety grew in volume due to reports about the safety of organic foods as well as an E. coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Influencers also addressed the stewardship of farmland resources in the face of climate change and antibiotic use for food animals.

Additionally, this edition covers recent influencer discussions regarding dietary guidelines, Chipotle’s food safety scares, corporate commitments to cage-free eggs and country of origin labeling.

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.

Chipotle, TPP and ‘Natural’ Food

Food safety and labeling drove recent influencer conversations, especially when news broke of an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) at northwestern Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., restaurants. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request for comments on the term “natural” and the carcinogenicity of meats and pesticides, too, stirred discussion. Read about these 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.