Senate Ag Committee approves labeling bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The much-discussed GMO labeling bill introduced last month by Pat  Roberts in the U.S. Senate took another step forward this week with approval from the Senate Ag Committee.“Today’s bipartisan committee approval of Chairman Pat Roberts’ labeling bill is a reaffirmation of common sense and fair play in the marketplace. The legislation establishes national standards for foods made with genetically engineered ingredients, ensuring consumers and farmers aren’t forced to deal with a confusing patchwork of different state labeling mandates. It requires that labels be based in science and supports our long-standing grassroots policy for voluntary labeling and factual information sharing on the value of this important agricultural technology,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Farm Bureau believes in meaningful disclosure that serves to inform and educate consumers on the innovative technologies farmers and ranchers use to provide food for this nation and our customers around the world. We support Chairman Roberts’ bill without hesitation, we appreciate the bipartisan support shown by the committee, and we look forward to swift passage by the Senate. We stand ready to work with Senate and House leaders to finalize this important legislation and secure the president’s signature.”Not everyone is pleased with the bill, however.“The legislation introduced by Senator Roberts and passed by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee today ignores the growing demand from the majority of U.S. citizens to have clear and honest food labeling. Everyone deserves the very basic right of knowing what ingredients are in their food and how that food was produced; that information should not be withheld from the public. Food derived from genetic engineering should be required to be labeled. Enshrining voluntary labeling in this legislation is reiteration of decades of failed policy,” Amalie Lipstreu, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Policy Program Coordinator. “This legislation would call for the USDA to promote the benefits of agricultural biotechnology. It is not the role of the USDA to advance one form of agriculture above another. Organic agriculture offers benefits to the environment, public health, and local food economies and yet it cannot be advanced above other forms of agriculture by USDA. This bill would create an uneven playing field during a time when public demand for organic and sustainably grown food is at an all-time high. Senators have an opportunity to listen to their constituents and provide them with the food information and choices they want. We hope they soundly reject the Roberts bill and join with the 64 other countries of the world that require mandatory labeling of GE food.”last_img read more

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Next Big Sound: Actionable Intelligence About Music Fans’ Online Activities

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Musicians do battle with the Internet in one way or another every day.Now that many have moved beyond piracy concerns as a primary issue, they are looking at how to increase page views, prompt virality, and stimulate interaction. The better part of action is knowledge, and one of the simplest, newest ways for artists to get more knowledge about their fans’ activities online is through the Next Big Sound, a site that tracks a lot more than just page views, digging a little deeper to display listens, likes, and adds.Right now, Next Big Sound tracks plays, views, fans, comments, and other data for almost half a million artists across major properties, including iTunes, Facebook, and Twitter.For those who need to grab data for multiple artists (hello, young record label social media intern!), NBS provides daily or weekly emails and/or RSS feeds. The app doesn’t seem to show stats for specific tracks, so this isn’t the place to go to suss out your new single. And page views are tracked only for MySpace (a.k.a. the sad little website where bands go to die). Mentions on Twitter are not tracked, either.But the greatest sin the NBS team commits is not including YouTube in their tracking of comments, favorites, subscriptions, and page views. Nowadays, YouTube is the new MTV; music fans will very often search for and listen to new or favorite music on that site rather than a music-only site.Currently, the site is free, with no mention of premium options to be released.The Boulder-based NBS team is part of the TechStars program there. We interviewed them on video about a month ago when they had just decided to completely change their site model. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

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Rupert Murdoch’s foam attacker Jonathan May-Bowles appeals ruling

first_imgThe comedian jailed for six weeks by a court for dramatically throwing shaving foam at News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has filed an appeal against his sentence.Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, admitted attacking the media tycoon on 19 July at a hearing of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons.May-Bowles, who calls himself Jonnie Marbles, was sentenced at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London on Tuesday.last_img

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Liverpool out to halt Manchester United’s charge in Anfield showdown

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester United’s globe-trotting squads must shake off the effects of international duty for one of English football’s most eagerly-anticipated clashes on Saturday.According to Sky Sports their players clocked up 139,000 miles taking part in World Cup qualifiers since the last Premier League action, but all roads lead to Anfield as the English top flight resumes after a two-week hiatus with a potential cracker.The stoppage was badly-timed for United who won their last three Premier League games with nine goals scored and none conceded, albeit against sides in the lower half of the table.Jose Mourinho’s side, joint leaders on 19 points from seven games with Manchester City, will hope to continue that momentum in what will be their biggest test of the season to date.Liverpool’s form has been less impressive and Juergen Klopp’s side, beset by defensive problems, are seven points off the searing pace being set by the two Manchester rivals.Reuters Photo They are also without a Premier League victory over bitter adversaries United in their last six meetings but Mourinho says recent history will have no bearing on Saturday.”These kind of matches, every single moment plays a part,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We are playing against a good team with very good players. Form doesn’t matter, the moment doesn’t matter. It’s a match of three points.”United will be missing midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who hurt his knee playing for Belgium against Bosnia, while Paul Pogba is still absent with an injury.Liverpool have a potentially more significant absentee, however, with forward Sadio Mane facing a six-week layoff after injuring his hamstring representing Senegal.advertisementCity, who have built up a goal difference of plus 20 during astunning start to the campaign, host Stoke City with striker SergioAguero possibly in contention for a squad place after recovering frominjuring his ribs in a car accident last month.Tottenham Hotspur, in third place, will attempt to lay their Wembley jinx in the league at the fourth time of asking as they host Bournemouth, while fourth-placed champions Chelsea, beaten by City before the international break, visit Crystal Palace.Ready for the return of the #PL?Here are your Matchweek 8?? essentials to get you prepared ?? pic.twitter.com/Jy26NcSW4T- Premier League (@premierleague) October 11, 2017Toothless Palace are the first top-flight side to lose their opening seven games since Portsmouth in 2009 and the first in 129 years of the Football League to do so without scoring.Fifth-placed Arsenal are at Watford, while Burnley, the surprise package so far in sixth, will fancy their chances of when they tackle West Ham United at Turf Moor.West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has leapfrogged Everton’s Ronald Koeman as favourite to be the next managerial casualty after his side’s woeful start.Koeman’s side travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday hoping to avoid only a second loss in 20 against newly-promoted teams in the Premier League.last_img read more

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