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Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Interstate Commerce Agriculture Bill

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On Feb. 3, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) re-introduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which he attempted to amend into last year’s farm bill. King’s bill would prevent states and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. In his statement about PICA, King referenced California’s statewide… Continue Reading

Q&A with Ted Genoways on Food Safety in Pork Processing, Part 2

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(This is Part 2 of an interview with journalist and author Ted Genoways. Part 1 is here.) Ted Genoways is the author of “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book that explores the wide-reaching impacts of factory pork production and the consequences of increased production speeds. As a case study, the book… Continue Reading

Wyoming House Ready for Final Vote on ‘Food Freedom’ Bill

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A Wyoming “Food Freedom” bill is about to come to a final vote in the House of Representatives in Cheyenne. It has already survived a first floor vote, having gained approval Friday from the House Committee of the Whole. Wyoming House Bill 56, which also cleared the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Maid-Rite Primary Survivors

Opinion

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Reggie Love, the former walk-on basketball player at Duke University who went on to become team captain, is out with a new book Feb. 3 called “Power Forward: My Presidential Education” that relates some of his experiences as President Obama’s long-time traveling companion and “body man.” I did not have an opportunity to read the book… Continue Reading

CDC: Raw Milk-Related Outbreaks on the Rise

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During the three years from 2007 to 2009, 30 foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. were connected to raw milk consumption. Yet, in the next three years, from 2010 to 2012, that number rose to 51, according to a new study published in the January issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed monthly journal published… Continue Reading

WA Revokes License of Slaughterhouse Following Health Violations

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has revoked the license of a slaughterhouse it says has repeatedly failed health inspections. Rickson Vilog, also known as Vilog LLC, of Auburn, WA, was notified of the decision to revoke its license last week after inspectors found continued sanitation violations at the facility, said WSDA. The custom… Continue Reading

The Boy Who Milked Cows: New Governor Inherits Proposed Raw Milk Regulations

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Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner claims he was milking cows by age eight, which makes it likely he also drank some raw milk while growing up. But, during the campaign that saw him unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday night, the incoming Republican governor did not say whether he would allow raw milk regulations pending in the… Continue Reading

Oregon GMO-Labeling Campaign Gets Money, Major Endorsement

But it's a different story in Colorado

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Among the first signs of trouble for California’s Proposition 37 and Washington’s Initiative 522 were critical newspaper editorial writers who found flaws in the food-labeling measures, both of which ended up narrowly failing at the ballot box. But this year in Oregon and Colorado, anyone looking to newspaper editorials for an early cue on how… Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Challenge to California Egg Law

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a California law prohibiting the sale of eggs from hens kept in battery cages where they can’t move around or spread their wings. Six states had challenged California’s AB 1437 in February, claiming that it violated the Commerce and Supremacy Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The… Continue Reading