Lawsuits threatened over GE salmon approval

Food safety and environmental advocacy groups are lashing out at the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon. The Center for Food Safety says it plans to sue the FDA over its decision. The organization calls AquAdvantage salmon a “dangerous contaminant” and says the FDA “has neglected its responsibility to protect the public”. A spokesperson for… Read more »

GE salmon: Let the debate begin

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The debate over genetically modified foods is likely to intensify following the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon. It’s the first time a genetically engineered animal has been approved for human consumption. The organization called Friends of the Earth (FOE) has labeled the new product “frankenfish” and calls FDA’s approval “flawed and irresponsible”. FOE says… Read more »

Pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes

Expanding aquaculture groups are interested in fish farming in open waters of the Great Lakes, but officials aren’t so sure. Ed Eisch is the Fish Production Program Manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He tells Brownfield more research is needed before net pen aquaculture will be approved by Michigan.  “There really is no good… Read more »

Americans not eating enough seafood

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A USDA study says most Americans aren’t eating enough fish and shellfish, also known as seafood. Seafood naturally contains healthy compounds known as Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies link the consumption of seafood to heart health  – and a reduced risk of heart disease. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Americans not eating enough seafood (1:30 mp3)

Farm Bill implementation one year in

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It’s been a year since the 2014 Farm Bill began to be implemented and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s been a great undertaking. Farmers joined him on a call with reporters to talk about how the new Farm Bill provisions have helped them. Ben LaCross is a grower in northern Michigan whose cherry crop,… Read more »

FDA ups fish consumption recommendations

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Fish friendly recommendations for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms are coming from the Food and Drug Administration.  Rima Kleiner, a Registered Dietitian who consults with the National Fisheries Institute, says it’s a huge shift from the FDA’s previous recommendations from 10 years ago. While there are trace amounts of mercury in fish, she says Omega-three fatty acids in… Read more »

Picture a healthy meal

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If you took a photo of the next meal you’re going to eat what would it look like?   A South Dakota State University nutrition specialist reminds us that we all can make some improvements in that picture – more vegetables or fruit and smaller portion sizes.  Marjorie Zastrow says eating healthy is a conscious effort… Read more »

IN Pork makes donation to FIsH

In celebration of October Pork Month, Indiana Pork donated $10,000 to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry towards the Million Meals Program.  The donation is equivalent to providing 32,000 two-pound ground pork meals to Hoosiers. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of FIsH is thankful for the generosity of Indiana’s pork farmers.  “Protein is difficult for struggling families to… Read more »

Fishery is Missouri Exporter of Year

Osage Catfisheries of Osage Beach, Missouri has been chosen as Missouri’s 2012 Exporter of the Year. At the Missouri State Fair on Thursday, USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse joined Missouri Ag Director Jon Hagler in recognizing Osage Catfisheries which exports almost 2-and-a-half Billion Dollars worth of products a year. The operation was founded as a bait shop… Read more »

The ‘Best’ non-fad diets

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What are the best diet plans for overall good health? Registered dietician Andrea Giancolli with the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was on the panel that choose the best diets published in U.S. News and World Reports. And she talks about how they stack up to the government’s My Plate dietary guidelines. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM… Read more »