Month: <span>June 2018</span>

R-CALF USA Urges Origin Labels on Beef so Consumers Can Choose to Respond to Canada’s Retaliatory Tariffs

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2018 Billings, Mont. – Today, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement regarding Canada’s announcement that it will impose retaliatory tariffs on about $12.6 billion of U.S. exports, including tariffs on U.S. prepared beef products. “Canada has enjoyed a huge trade surplus in the trade of cattle, beef,…



Food Tank: Opinion | 50 Groups Denounce Roundtable on Sustainable Beef as Greenwash

posted 06.2018 A coalition of 50 environmental, consumer, public health, justice, and animal welfare groups representing millions of constituents are slamming the United States Roundtable on Sustainable Beef’s new “sustainability” framework for beef production in a letter released today. Friends of the Earth is a lead organizer of the detailed letter that includes input from…



New Food Economy: Walmart’s new patents will allow it to track you in its stores—with or without your consent

by H. Claire Brown | June 25th, 2018 The company’s increasing ability to harness in-store data may be its most important competitive advantage over Amazon. Ten years ago, a wheel broke on a space rover exploring Mars. As the rover inched along, dragging its stiff wheel through the red dust that coats the planet, it…



CBS Money Watch: Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers

Howdy Friends, Today’s Money Watch article on rural suicides is below. If you know a family member, friend, neighbor or anyone in rural Nebraska that you think could use a helping hand and is in need of mental health counseling, financial assistance, bookkeeping help, food assistance, or legal assistance, there is a place for them…



Beef Producer: NAFTA study suggests US producers losing

by Alan Newport | May 01, 2018 Trade issues are hard to weigh, but USDA-ERS analysis showed a net loss to the US beef industry from NAFTA. I have been looking at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for some time and several months back penned an analysis for BEEF’s website on whether the…



New York Times: The Supreme Court Case That Could Give Tech Giants More Power

by Lina M. Khan | March 2, 2018 Big tech platforms — Amazon, Facebook, Google — control a large and growing share of our commerce and communications, and the scope and degree of their dominance poses real hazards. A bipartisan consensus has formed around this idea. Senator Elizabeth Warren has charged tech giants with using…



Global Meat News: Antibiotic market value to reach $44bn in 2020

by Aidan Fortune | June 25, 2018 The value of the animal health market is expected to reach $44.2bn (£39bn) by 2020 despite efforts to reduce antibiotic usage. According to a report by Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence, the value of the market is predicted to continue to rise over the next two years. The report adds…



New York Times: How Amazon Steers Shoppers to Its Own Products

by Julie Creswell | June 23, 2018 It started with a simple battery. Around 2009, Amazon quietly entered the private label business by offering a handful of items under a new brand called AmazonBasics. Early offerings were the kinds of unglamorous products that consumers typically bought at their local hardware store: power cords and cables…



Civil Eats: Hawaii Shows States’ Power to Regulate Pesticides

by Lisa Held | June 20, 2018 “I apologize if my anger comes across too strongly,” says Gary Hooser, on the phone from the island of Kauai in Hawaii, “but these companies sued my county for the right to use pesticides next to our schools and not tell us about it. And they can’t do…



Bloomberg: Farmworkers Clash With Farm Lobby Amid Immigration Crackdown

By Deena Shanker | June 21, 2018 The outcry over the Trump administration’s approach to illegal immigration has served to highlight the widening partisan gulf between most American farmers and the largely foreign workforce they employ. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday addressing the practice of separating migrant families arriving at the…