Venezuela’s social crisis is widening and even those with money for food struggle to find products on the shelves. With spiraling food shortages and unemployment, hospitals are feeling the pinch as well.
Food & Agriculture
This week, Walmart started selling “beautifully imperfect” apples at some of its stores as more retailers decide it’s time to sell “ugly fruits and vegetables.”
Cargill, the largest privately-owned food company in the U.S. and a major producer and supplier of palm oil to food processors worldwide, will sever ties with a controversial Malaysian palm oil supplier.
Under an agreement reached in a California federal court, Herbalife will pay $200 million to people who say they were victimized by the company’s moneymaking marketing campaigns.
Florida’s Treasure Coast has become inundated with algae blooms. After resisting federal regulations that could have prevented the problem, Florida politicians are asking the White House for help. And the Obama administration was clear in its response: It is your mess, so you fix it.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the country’s first labeling legislation for genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Many say the legislation doesn’t go far enough. And one food giant is out to raise the bar for the whole industry.
America’s top 25 grocery chains have all made commitments to go cage-free. And the Publix announcement could be “a final nail in the coffin” for hen confinement, said the Humane Society of the United States.
The Beer Institute, one of the leading trade associations representing the $250 billion beer industry, announced a set of nutritional labeling guidelines that it says will “promote consumer choice and transparency.”
Rainforest Action Network released an animated video on Facebook earlier this week that highlights its beef with the palm oil industry. The clear and concise video reveals unsettling details, including what the NGO calls endemic human rights abuses such as child labor.
We all know about the huge declines in bee and monarch butterfly populations. Now, it turns out thatin some areas nearly all insects are at risk of extinction. And if we don’t solve this problem soon, the repercussions could be huge.
“A bill of this importance merits hearings, expert testimony and thorough legal analysis, not the ‘backroom dealing’ that created this deeply flawed draft,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said of the GMO-labeling legislation that hit the senate floor this week. “As it stands, this bill is a sham and a legislative embarrassment.”
WhiteWave, best known for its Silk brand of non-dairy beverages, Earthbound Farms salad mixes and Horizon organic milk, offers Danone an opportunity to bolster its presence in North America and emerging markets.