Category: Modern Farming

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.

Product Recalls and Worker Conditions

Food safety returned to the spotlight when a series of recalls led to more than 50 million pounds of food being pulled from shelves. A recent report examining poultry plant working conditions raised concerns about the human impact of meat processing. Additionally, the FDA is re-evaluating some controversial labeling claims. 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, 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.

“Ag-gag” in Idaho and GMO “Right to Know”

In recent weeks, activist groups have reinforced a push for greater transparency in the food and agriculture industries. In a ruling that animal rights groups touted as a victory for free speech, a judge overturned Idaho’s “ag-gag” law. Meanwhile, celebrities lobbied the Senate concerning labeling foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). See why each side of these issues questioned the other’s motivations in this edition of Influence Feed.

Trade, Trans Fats and a Papal Treatise

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.

Celebrating and Debating Agriculture

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.

Strengthening Standards

The new year is bringing new issues and fresh debates to the food industry. Chicken producers are operating under new food safety standards. Chipotle is drawing attention to its own supplier guidelines, which are affecting its menu. And the Food Tank Summit stimulated plenty of opinions on the most pressing needs for the food system.

See reactions to these issues and more in this installment of Influence Feed.

Serving Up Discussion

Thanksgiving marked a celebration of views for influencers, who used the holiday to examine hot-button issues in food production. In addition to the turkey talk, there was plenty of buzz about new rules requiring calorie-count information from chain restaurants, movie theaters, and grocery and convenience stores that sell prepared foods for takeout. You’ll also want to see the food industry reaction to President Obama’s executive order to protect undocumented workers from deportation. Find these issues and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

CSR Changes for Big Brands

Prominent food manufacturers under scrutiny from consumers and activists are responding — by changing their corporate social responsibility policies. And that has influencers taking notice.

There was positive reaction to the decision by Kellogg Company to address climate change through policy revisions that will reduce the company’s impact on the environment. Nestlé also earned praise for its decision to change its farm practices for animal care.

Other recent influential conversations in the food industry include a debate over sodium intake and whether farming can provide a sustaining livelihood for future generations.

You’ll find a synopsis of the issues that have the food industry talking in this week’s edition of Influence Feed.