|House passes controversial farm bill without food stamps|
Reuters - 7/11/2013. The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives defied a White House veto threat and passed a controversial farm bill on Thursday that expands the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance system but omitted food stamps for the poor.
|Governor LePage vetoes raw milk bill, senate fails to override|
The Weekly Packet - 7/11/2013. By Anne Berleant - Late in the evening of July 8, Governor LePage vetoed LD 1282, a bill that would allow Maine farmers to sell up to 20 gallons of unlicensed raw milk, with regulated state testing, at farm stands and farmers’ markets. The next day, the senate failed to override his veto, voting 17-16 in favor of the bill. A two-thirds vote in both chambers is needed to override a governor’s veto.
|FDA bans BPA in baby formula packages|
The Hill - 7/11/2013. By Ben Goad - The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to ban the use of a chemical linked to health problems in infant formula packaging.
|First ever non-GMO meat and egg product label hits the market|
Natural News - 7/11/2013. By Ethan A. Huff - Healthy shoppers in Northern California are getting the first taste of certified biotech-free meat and egg products at the grocery store, thanks to the valiant efforts of the Non-GMO Project in successfully convincing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow certified non-GMO labels to be placed on foods within its regulatory jurisdiction.