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Corporations boost agricultural research funding

The gap between federal support for agricultural research at large public universities and private investment continues to grow — and the divide comes with increased threats to academic freedom and more instances of meddling in the lab, a new research report suggests.   A recent study by Food and Water Watch, a Washington-based environmental group,… Continue Reading Corporations boost agricultural research funding

Area prices were down for the month, but up nearly 3.1 percent over a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The June decrease was influenced by lower gas prices, but the consumer price index for the Western region advanced over the same time last year, said regional commission Stanley W. Suchman. Energy… Continue Reading Consumer index shows year-over-year increase

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When salmonella-laced peanut products sickened hundreds during a recent scare, President Barack Obama said consumers should be able to have confidence that their government will keep peanut butter-eating children safe – and that included his daughter Sasha. “That’s what Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week,” Obama said then. “And you know, I… Continue Reading Obama to sign bill to improve nation’s food safety

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The Food and Drug Administration would have to step up inspections of food plants under legislation the Senate is expected to pass this week. The bill, which has stalled in that chamber for more than a year, would give the FDA authority to order a recall of tainted products. Today, the agency must negotiate with… Continue Reading FDA would boost food inspections under Senate bill

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Finding profit in healthy kids’ fare

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Kelly Parthen and Sharron Seip know the kind of parent angst that comes with trying to find a restaurant that serves kids’ food that’s healthier than chicken nuggets or fries. Continue Reading Finding profit in healthy kids’ fare

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Nestle to invest $500M in medicinal foods business

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Nestle will plow some $500 million to expand its medical nutrition business over the next decade, with the aim of capitalizing on a growing market for foods to help treat chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, the Swiss consumer company said today. Nestle SA said it wants to “pioneer a new industry between food… Continue Reading Nestle to invest $500M in medicinal foods business

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FDA to consider approval of modified salmon

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Tinker with the genetics of salmon and maybe you create a revolutionary new food source that could help the environment and feed the hungry. Or maybe you’re creating what some say is an untested “frankenfish” that could cause unknown allergic reactions and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population. The Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading FDA to consider approval of modified salmon

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