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USDA Branded Food Products Database

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

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/

Joins the National Nutrient Database with information about food products.  The Branded Food Products Database currently contains nutrition details on more than 80,000 name-brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and groceries.  Will eventually include up to 500,000 products with expanded details from Nutrition Facts Panel.  From the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Trends in U.S. Agriculture’s Consumption and Production of Energy

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2126053/eib159.pdf

Examines recent trends in energy use in the agricultural sector and the extent to which farm businesses engage in on-farm energy production.   Covers renewable power, shale energy, and cellulosic biomass.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Methane: An Introduction to Emission Sources and Reduction Strategies

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Waste Management

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43860.pdf

Covers emissions, historical trends, the source sectors (agriculture, fossil energies, and waste management), issues in measurement, cost-benefit considerations, and current issues for Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

International Food Security Assessment, 2016-2026

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2109786/gfa27.pdf

The share of food-insecure people in the 76 low- and middle-income countries is projected to fall from 17% in 2016 to 6% in 2026.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Intelligent Transportation Systems: Urban and Rural Transit Providers Reported Benefits but Face Deployment Challenges

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/677919.pdf

Describes the extent of use of ITS by transit providers in large urbanized areas, the ITS uptake in small urban and rural areas, the benefits and challenges of deploying ITS, and the extent to which Transportation Department resources have been used to promote and support ITS.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4607.pdf

Required report (788 pages) to Congress and the President which provides an overview of the TPP agreement, findings as to the likely economy-wide effects, and specific sectoral effects.  These include food and agricultural products, manufactured goods, energy, and services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

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

 

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