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Sustainable organics group urges support for soil-free growing

Opinion

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In advance of the National Organics Standards Board meeting in April, the board’s Crops Subcommittee shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers. This proposal, if enacted, will have far reaching and damaging effects on hundreds of producers, thousands of retailers and wholesalers and millions of consumers… Continue Reading

‘Filthy Food Bill’ draws fire from host of food safety advocates

Trump's Regulatory Accountability Act would create 'an unprecedented regulatory gauntlet'

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally published by the Environmental Working Group under the headline “No Rules? No Food Safety” and reflects the views of Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs. Below is a letter on the same topic, sent by several organizations — including EWG, the Consumers Union, the Center for Science in the… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: “Cage free” wins out , but at what cost?

Opinion

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Hens are getting new housing all across America and it’s all going to be “cage free.” The “cage free” campaign has won, largely by focusing on market decision-makers.   It did have one major political victory back in 2008 when California passed Proposition 2. However in the marketplace,  the “cage-free ” campaign has been running… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The main event EWG vs. AFF — no holds barred

Opinion

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The “Dirty Dozen” is in the news again and as usual I’m imaging a remake of the 1967 motion picture with a cauliflower playing Ernest Borgnine’s character, a cucumber in place of Donald Sutherland and some kind of smooth-skinned melon in the role played by Telly Savalas. I imagine production numbers to rival those in… Continue Reading

More money for military defense means less for food defense

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This column includes information from an “Advocacy at a Glance” posting by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and analysis and commentary by Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the alliance, both republished here with permission. President Donald Trump is proposing shifting $54 billion from domestic to defense programs in fiscal year 2018,… Continue Reading

Trump’s well-done habits could bode well for food safety

Opinion

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump chowed down on a wide variety of foods for photo opportunities.

While it may appear safe to assume that President Trump will have no interest in these issues, determining his impact on the food safety agenda actually will require a nuanced effort. Notwithstanding the tweet complaining about the so-called “food police” and a leaked phone conversation about imposing stricter food safety standards for trade purposes, President… Continue Reading

Controlling bad eggs — on the farm and in the C-Suite

Contributed

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Editor’s note: This column by Tommy Tobin was first published by the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School. Food can — and all too often does — make people sick. Anyone who has suffered from foodborne illness would be unlikely to want to repeat the experience. The… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: The president and safe food

Opinion

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reiSince taking office, President Trump has instituted a freeze on federal employees and the same on new or pending regulations.  He signed an Executive Order setting up a task force within agencies to repeal old rules. The President has also asked for a $54 billion increase in military spending that will likely be offset by… Continue Reading

Catch the 2013 — NAMI’s guidelines still right on target

Opinion

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So what’s the gold standard guideline on how to humanely handle feed animals in 2017? North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI), 2013 Guidelines. Next question, please. You can credit, as does NAMI, the “2013” to that innovate Colorado Professor who delights audiences with her speeches by always making pure sense and logic — seem so trivial…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Trump orders his burgers well done

What will the president's views be on food safety for the rest of us?

Opinion

John Greeley, executive chef at 21 from 2006 through 2013, cooked up a variety of foods in addition to the iconic "21 Burger" during his tenure at the New York hot spot.

Bloomberg posted a piece on “How Donald Trump Orders (and Tips) at His Favorite Restaurant” about the 21 Club, which is just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. According to the report: The president’s standard order is a “21” Burger ($36), which he likes cooked well-done and topped with American cheese. On the… Continue Reading