Food waste is a problem throughout the supply chain and across the globe that is increasingly capturing the attention of policymakers. Gustavsson et al. (2011) estimated that one-third of the food produced for consumption globally is lost or wasted. Within the U.S., Buzby et al. (2014) estimated that 31% of food available at the retail […]
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The Changing Landscape of the Organic Food Industry
The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 authorized the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish national standards for the marketing of organically produced products. In response to this, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) developed the National Organic Program, which was issued in 2000. According to the USDA-AMS website, an organic label “indicates […]
Mandatory Nutrition Labels on Restaurant Menus: Coming Soon?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was passed in 2010, contains a clause that requires a standardized menu labeling system in chain restaurants and vending machines across the country. This clause is likely a result of the combined increases in eating away from home and U.S. obesity/overweight rates. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has […]
FDA Proposes New Nutrition Facts Label
In March 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a “refreshed” nutrition facts label – the standard label seen on the back of most pre-packaged foods and beverages. The need for an updated label stems from new dietary recommendations as well as changes in the average portion sizes consumed by Americans. Source: FDA Consumer […]