Over thirty years ago we began producing daily radio news casts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
Six companies are facing fines for selling fruits and vegetables imported from Mexico, China, Thailand, and Taiwan that were tainted with pesticides that are banned in the UC. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation says the companies were importing and selling produce to stores that primarily cater to California’s ethnic communities, and that the companies were given ample opportunities to change their methods but chose not to do so. The companies a
Trans-Pacific Partnership talks kick off today in Hawaii, in what could be the final round of negotiations ahead of finalizing a trade-pact. The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. The TPP trade d
A bill that would make GMO labeling voluntary passed the U.S. House last Thursday. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would require developers of genetically engineered plants to obtain FDA safety clearance on all new plant varieties before those foods are introduced into commerce; uphold FDA’s authority to specify special labeling if it finds a health or safety risk is posed by such a variety; create a legal framework governing the use of label claims regarding either the absence or presence of GMOs in a food product and require the FDA to define the term ‘natural’ on food labels.
The Canadian government says it will not be bullied in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. The response comes as the United States ratchets up pressure on Canada’s heavily protected dairy sector ahead of what could be the final round of talks for the TPP deal. A Canadian publ
As the U.S. House works this week on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a coalition has pledged their support for the bill. The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, an industry group that supports the bill, said 475 groups are backing it. The groups main
El Nino has strengthened steadily during the past month, approaching the “strong category”. El Nino is so strong this go round that it could wind up be the strongest El Nino event in 50 years. El Nino rarely
China’s ban on poultry imports from the U.S., where flocks have been ravaged by bird flu, could give more Brazilian farmers a foot in the door of the biggest import market. A delegation from China’s quarantine office in Beijing left Brazil earlier this month after a 10-day mission to inspect potential new meat suppliers in four states. Brazil already
The House Agriculture Committee sent the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 one step closer to consideration by the full House. By a voice vote, the committee passed the SAFE act, which now awaits the same action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be considered by the full chamber. The legislation
USDA is proposing to improve access to groceries for homebound seniors and people with disabilities who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. USDA is proposing to allow grocery purchasing and delivery services run by government and non-profit organizations to accept SNAP benefits as payment, allowing for home delivery to those unable to shop for food. Nationally, onl
USDA says a new agreement with Switzerland will expand market access for organic farmers. As of Thursday, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country. USDA claims the
A trade deal linking 40 percent of the global economy remains on track for a potential agreement by the end of the month. The 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are slated to meet late this month for the last round of talks. The New York Ti
Several agencies are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyards. The CDC reports 181 people have been infected with four strains of salmonella in 40 states with 33 people sent to hospitals as of June 29th. CDC testing has
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