|CDC Study Misses the Mark|
The Organic Center - 11/4/2016. The article published in the Journal of Food Protection by Reid et al. examining foodborne disease outbreaks associated with organic foods is misleading. The study examines outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System that are associated with organic products, but don’t place the few instances of pathogens in the context of the numerous outbreaks from conventional products. Not discussed in detail in this article is the fact that organic provides an extra measure of safety on top of federal standards and the reduced risk of exposure to pesticides and antibiotic resistant bacteria associated with choosing organic.
|USDA Expands Working-Lands Conservation Opportunities through CRP|
USDA - 11/4/2016. Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands practice specifically tailored for small-scale livestock grazing operations. Small livestock operations with 100 or fewer head of grazing dairy cows (or the equivalent) can submit applications to enroll up to 200 acres of grasslands per farm. USDA’s goal is to enroll up to 200,000 acres.
|USDA Approves 2 New Varieties of GMO Potatoes|
EcoWatch - 11/2/2016. By Jason Best - Consumers seeking to satisfy their salty snack cravings sans genetically modified ingredients may soon have to get savvier about scouting out chips and other products made without the use of GMO potatoes.
|New England drought adds to calls for Farm Bill relief|
Politico - 11/1/2016. By Jenny Hopkinson - The plight of farmers in drought-ravaged New England is bolstering calls for revised disaster relief provisions in the next Farm Bill. The U.S. Drought Monitor says that a quarter of the region is suffering severe drought or worse. The dry spell comes after heavy snow and flooding in the region last winter, leading many to point to climate change as the culprit behind farmers’ recent troubles.