Food and Agriculture in 2 Minutes
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Waters of the US
President Donald Trump has issued an executive order striking at the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States rule, telling EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to revise or rescind the measure. The regulation aimed to protect waterways and wetlands, but saw opposition from the agriculture industry, which called the rule overly broad and lacking clarity. American Farm Bureau Federation praised Trump’s action, saying it would be a relief for farmers across the country.
Hundreds of organizations representing ag, nutrition and other interests have signed a letter to Congressional budget and appropriations committees urging against funding cuts to the 2018 Farm Bill. They contend the agriculture committee must receive adequate funds to help the struggling farm economy and aid households fighting to meet basic nutritional needs. The groups note the 2014 Farm Bill saw difficult cuts aimed at deficit reduction, saying the 2018 bill could not bear more reductions.
Food system transparency
Center for Food Integrity CEO Charlie Arnot advises food companies that consumers hold them responsible for demonstrating transparency. Writing for Genetic Literacy Project, Arnot cites the center’s recent survey that identified transparency of “impact of food on health” and “food safety” as most important to consumers. He emphasizes that food producers must effectively communicate the ethics of their work, and not only what can be done, but whether it should be done.
President Trump has appointed Ray Starling, former chief of staff to Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, to the National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for agriculture, trade and food assistance. Farm organizations including the National Pork Producers Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, and National Cattleman’s Beef Association have praised the appointment, calling Starling an accomplished agricultural and economic policy specialist.
I’m Maya Menon with v-Fluence, a global provider of food and ag intelligence.