|Trade dispute hangs over White House child-migrant fight|
Politico - 6/30/2014. By David Rogers - Even as the White House scrambles to deal with the flood of child migrants from Central America, a $277 million economic aid package for El Salvador is being delayed by the administration because of a trade dispute over a modest seed program to help small farmers grow staples like maize and beans.
|FDA May Be Seeking to Use Untested Technology in Livestock Feed|
Common Dreams - 6/30/2014. By Nadia Prupis - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be looking to use emerging technology in products for livestock that could make animals on factory farms gain weight and absorb medications faster. The technology in question is nanotechnology, the process of manipulating or creating matter at the molecular level.
|AMA Seeks Ban on Antibiotic Use on Farms for Growth Promotion|
Food Safety News - 6/30/2014. By Lydia Zuraw - The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for federal action to ban antibiotic use in food animals for growth promotion purposes so as to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
|Risking Another Silent Spring|
The New York Times - 6/30/2014. By The Editorial Board - The conclusion of the most comprehensive assessment to date of a class of systemic pesticides called neonicotinoids indicates that these chemicals are wreaking much more environmental havoc than previously thought. The report, published last Tuesday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, asserts there is no longer any doubt that neonicotinoids are a key factor in the dramatic decline of pollinator populations around the world.