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Category Archives: Food and Nutrition

GPO Begins Digital Release Of Historical Federal Register, 1990-1994 Available Today

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) start the digital release of historic issues of the Federal Register with issues from 1990-1994. The complete collection of 1990s Federal Registers are now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. This project will digitize a total of 14,587 individual issues,… Continue Reading

2015 American Housing Survey Statistics for Selected Metropolitan Areas

“This release of statistics from the 2015 American Housing Survey includes summary tables for the 15 largest metropolitan areas and 10 additional metropolitan areas.  The 2015 American Housing Survey examined many characteristics, including: Housing costs for owners and renters. Remodeling and repair frequency. Reasons for moving. Additionally, the latest survey data provide statistics about: Food… Continue Reading

Report – Food security outcomes deteriorate as Yemen conflict instigates famine

Via The Famine Early Warning Systems Network: “Conflict in Yemen is the primary driver of the largest food security emergency in the world, with 7 to 10 million people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), or worse, and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Of this total, at least two million people are in Emergency (IPC… Continue Reading

Pew – Animal Drug Companies Fulfill Commitment to Change Antibiotic Labels

Pew Charitable Trusts: “The Food and Drug Administration announced an important milestone today in efforts to ensure that antibiotics are used responsibly in food animals. The agency said that all affected companies have voluntarily complied with Guidance for Industry #213 that called for them to make two key modifications to the labels of medically important… Continue Reading

CRS – The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer

Via FAS – The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer. Renée Johnson, Specialist in Agricultural Policy, December 16, 2016. “Numerous federal, state, and local agencies share responsibilities for regulating the safety of the U.S. food supply. Federal responsibility for food safety rests primarily with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

A history of global living conditions in 5 charts

“A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is… Continue Reading

Research – social media and appearance-based social comparison

The impact of appearance comparisons made through social media, traditional media, and in person in women’s everyday lives [full text PDF]. Jasmine Fardoulya, Rebecca T. Pinkus,Lenny R. Vartanian. School of Psychology, UNSW Australia, Sydney, New South Wales 205; Australia School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia. Body Image 20 (2017)… Continue Reading

New York Times series on private equity and privatization of services and products

Part 1: When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers “The business of driving ambulances and operating fire brigades represents just one facet of a profound shift on Wall Street and Main Street alike, a New York Times investigation has found. Since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms, the “corporate raiders” of an earlier… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Releases 2015 Income and Poverty Estimates for All Counties

“Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest findings from its Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program. The program provides the only up-to-date, single-year income and poverty statistics for all counties and school districts — roughly 3,140 counties and over 13,000 school districts nationally. The tables provide statistics on the number of people in… Continue Reading

Congressional caucus of conservative Republicans seek to revoke over 200 regulations

House conservatives want Trump to undo regulations on climate, school lunches and Uber – “The House Freedom Caucus list covers 232 regulations, including funding for smoke-free public housing and paid sick leave for federal contractors.” From the caucus mission statement of this invitation-only group formed in 2015: “The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – America’s 25 dying industries – America’s 25 thriving industries

“Valued at nearly $20 trillion, the U.S. economy is the largest in the world. Maintaining a competitive edge necessitates remaining diversified and dynamic. While this means that some U.S. industries thrive, others inevitably decline or are rendered obsolete. As certain industries fade, so do hundreds of thousands of American jobs. 24/7 Wall St. analyzed employment… Continue Reading

NY Mag – People Are Dying Younger Because America Keeps Failing the Bad-Break Test

Jesse Singal, Science of Us, December 9, 2016: – “About a year ago, the husband-and-wife team of Anne Case and Angus Deaton published some alarming numbers: Unlike citizens of just about every other wealthy, advanced country, and most other American subgroups, middle-aged white Americans have not seen reductions in their mortality between 1999 and 2013,… Continue Reading