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Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices

Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed an amendment to nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products.



Study: Fear-based messaging negatively affects consumption of fresh produce

Study: Fear-based messaging negatively affects consumption of fresh produce
A recent study found that fear-based messaging tactics have led to a decline in produce consumption among low-income shoppers.



Antibiotic claims serve to scare consumers, limit farmers

Farmers and farm organizations rallied last month to assure consumers that there are no antibiotics in their sandwiches—or their food supply in general.



Meat Matters: Animal Agriculture Alliance debuts campaign

The Animal Agriculture Alliance unveiled on Feb. 1 a campaign focused on promoting the role of meat and poultry in a healthy, balanced diet. The Meat Matters initiative counters claims made by activist groups about the nutritional value of animal protein, as well as the sustainability of meat and poultry production.



Latest dietary guidelines: Healthy eating patterns vital to good health

At the beginning of the year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services released their most recent dietary guidelines. Issued every five years, the report underscores the relationship between agriculture and healthy foods. 



Study finds whole milk may help with weight loss

A recently published study in the journal Circulation discusses how whole milk may promote cardiometabolic health.



AFBF: FDA’s livestock antibiotic proposals based on theory

Citing a lack of data to support limiting antibiotic use in livestock, the American Farm Bureau Federation has told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it is concerned about proposals that would restrict antibiotic use based on unproven theory.



Researchers find little evidence that organic foods are better

Doctors at Stanford University revisited previous research comparing organic and conventionally raised foods and concluded that there is little evidence that organic is healthier.



American Academy of Pediatrics weighs in on organic foods

Parents know it is important for their children to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, lowfat dairy products and whole grains, but it’s been less clear whether spending extra money for organic foods will bring a significant benefit to their health.



Spring peas offer a natural ‘fast food’

Spring pea varieties—garden, snow or sugar snap—are packing pods of nutrients.



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