As you tuck into your Thanksgiving turkey or maybe even some leftovers with the football, here’s three food stories you might have missed this Thanksgiving.
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There are many that both want and believe that urban agriculture can provide for the nutritional needs of cities – but one research team has investigated whether that is really the case.
New research suggests female-owned farms are more likely to be found in areas closer to urban centres, with the average size being less than 50 acres.
Bee expert, Dr Peter Awram, outlines the benefits of magnetic resonance testing in the fight against honey fraud.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, Kelly Jackson from the Nationwide Food Law Group explains that federal food assistance programmes are receiving judicial protection from administration cuts.
The federal agency plan follows public hearings held in August 2020 where more than 60 witnesses testified, in addition to over 300 written submissions.
The study author suggested that current food safety approaches to poultry processing and distribution need to be reviewed and consider more risk elements than the current two-pillared approach in the US.
The additional funding aims to allow the programme to continue critical support to farmers, distributors, and American families in need.
The USDA is providing assistance after a severe derecho - a widespread, long-lived wind storm - swept through the Midwest of the US, devastating farms and agricultural practices.
A team of scientists have warned that plant breeding programmes are decreasing due to a lack of funding, which they say could have a direct impact on food security.
A letter from Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, signed by over 60 senators, has suggested that some trade agreements block American-produced dairy products from using common, familiar names.
Food and beverage products are recalled due to reasons ranging from contamination to incorrect labelling, and here is New Food’s roundup of the most recent cases.
The USDA report described five indicator categories to assess the impacts of climate change on agriculture, including physical, crop and livestock, biological, phenological and socioeconomic.
The US Senator for Minnesota has introduced the loan programme to help the dairy industry weather the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.