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Genetically Engineered Crops: USDA Needs to Enhance Oversight and Better Understand Impacts of Unintended Mixing with Other Crops

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/675791.pdf

Proponents assert that GE crops are more pest-resistant, require less labor, and increase productivity.  Opponents cite possible harm to agriculture, the environment, and humans.  This report examines steps federal agencies have taken to regulate GE crops, the extent and impact of unintended mixing of GE and non-GE crops, and the amount of information provided to the public on GE crops.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

The Food Assistance Landscape: FY2015 Annual Report

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2031346/eib150.pdf

Examines trends in 15 federal food and nutrition assistance programs in FY2015 and in the prevalence/severity of household food insecurity in the U.S. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Economic Issues in the Coexistence of Organic, Genetically-Engineered (GE), and Non-GE Crops

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2022027/eib-149.pdf

Examines organic and conventional product markets, common coexistence practices, and the economic impacts when GE material is detected in non-GE products. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

The Role of Local and Regional Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Urban Issues

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44390.pdf

Covers definitions of local foods, the estimated current market size, types of farm operations, and federal programs relating to such local/regional and near-urban areas food operations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

USDA Agricultural Projections to 2025

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2017463/oce-2016-1.pdf

Covers major agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators of the U.S. farm sector, such as farm income. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

The Obama Administration’s Feed the Future Initiative

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Foreign Assistance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44216.pdf

Describes the international development program launched in 2010 that invests in food security and agricultural development activities in a select group of countries. Covers key features, funding, accomplishments, and issues for Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2015 Edition

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1955981/eib146.pdf

Finds that 99% of farms are family farms, and they account for 90% of farm production but cover only 46% of the nation’s farmland. Covers farms, farm operators, financial performance, government payments, and farm owner wealth. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

The 8th edition of the guidelines, revised every five years, which serves as the basis for healthy approaches to school lunches and other federal sponsored food programs. Includes a section on how the guidelines were developed, 15 appendices, and 19 statistical tables.  From the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services

 

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