|Biotech labeling drive not going away, Merrigan says|
AgriPulse - 5/22/2013. By Jim Webster - The drive to require labeling of food with biotech ingredients "is not going to go away," former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan said today. "People want to know," she told the CropLife America 2013 National Food Policy Conference. "I'm not saying it's a right to know or a need to know, but it's not going to go away," she said.
|ACF Committee votes Ought to Pass on Right to Know about GMOs|
Bangor Daily News - 5/22/2013. By Jenna Beauliau - On Tuesday, May 21, the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee (ACF) voted “Ought to Pass” after a final review of language in LD 718: An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock, which Representative Lance Harvell (R-Farmington) sponsored. This vote pushes LD 718, a bill requiring labels for many GMOs, to the House of Representatives.
|Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side|
Modern Farmer - 5/22/2013. By Justin Elliott - Greek yogurt is a booming $2 billion a year industry - and it's producing millions of pounds of waste that industry insiders are scrambling to figure out what to do with.
|Phthalates - Chemicals Widely Found in Plastics and Processed Food - Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure in Children and Teens|
Science Daily - 5/22/2013. Plastic additives known as phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are odorless, colorless and just about everywhere: They turn up in flooring, plastic cups, beach balls, plastic wrap, intravenous tubing and - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the bodies of most Americans. Once perceived as harmless, phthalates have come under increasing scrutiny. A growing collection of evidence suggests dietary exposure to phthalates (which can leech from packaging and mix with food) may cause significant metabolic and hormonal abnormalities, especially during early development. New research published this Wednesday in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests that certain types of phthalates could pose another risk to children: compromised heart health.