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AG News Roundup:Ag Secretary, Ag & Climate and the anti-ag are back

Happy new year!

Here’s what we’re reading and talking about today:

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine:Is anywhere an Agriculture Secretary to be found?:”Ag is getting impatient with Trump’s dawdling on naming an Ag Secretary. Who are the potential candidates?”

Sheep graze in a dry field near the town of McFarland in California’s Central Valley, August 24, 2016.
The Central Valley is the states agriculture hub producing vast quanities of fruits, vegetables, nuts as well as dairy, beef and lamb but has been struggle through five years of drought. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Climate News: 2017: Agriculture Begins to Tackle Its Role in Climate Change: “After years of being off the table in climate talks, agriculture is now being considered widely by countries trying to reach their Paris emissions cuts pledges. By allowing countries to decide how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the landmark Paris climate agreement opened the door to new solutions. And over the past year, many countries, particularly in the developing world, decided that an especially effective way to reach those targets is through their farms.

Nearly 80 percent of the countries said they would use agricultural practices to curb climate change, and more than 90 percent said they would use those practices in addition to changes in forestry and land use linked to farming.

“2016 has been a very good year for agriculture and climate,” said Martin Frick, director of climate, energy and tenure at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. “It’s become possible to finally discuss the elephant in the room.”

When climate negotiators gathered in Marrakech in November to begin mapping out the process for reaching the Paris goals, groups hosted at least 80 agriculture-focused sessions.

“Agriculture has really lagged, said Craig Hanson, director of the food, forests and water program at the World Resources Institute. “Considering it contributes 13 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 24 percent of net emissions with land-use change, it’s surprising it’s taken so long…But it’s finally happening,” he said—however unevenly.

In the U.S., the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter, agriculture’s role in climate change has been discussed mostly by advocacy groups. And while the Department of Agriculture has launched programs to increase farmland’s capacity to capture carbon, those are voluntary. The U.S.’s plans for meeting the Paris goals rely mainly on energy and transportation.” Continue reading.

AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Forbes:There Are No ‘GMO’ Tomatoes: Backlash Erupts After Hunt’s Marketing Blunder: “No matter how far afield you look, you won’t find a single genetically modified tomato among our vines,” Hunt’s, the iconic company that makes preserved tomato products like ketchup, tomato paste and barbecue sauce, announced on December 26th. A video accompanying the announcement depicts a field of tomatoes and a message: “No GMOs in sight.” The backlash was swift, with hundreds of comments from consumers, farmers and scientists criticizing the company for fear mongering and pandering to “the superstitions of misinformed extremists.”

“It’s terribly unfortunate you’re lying to consumers, Hunt’s. GMO tomatoes are not available to the market and yet you’re implying they are,” one critic wrote.

Keep in mind that “Genetically Modified Organism” is an arbitrary term. Virtually all the foods we eat, including those labeled natural, organic, or even heirloom, have had their genes modified using unnatural methods, including exposure of a plant to chemicals and radiation, as I’ve discussed several times, including here and here.” Continue reading.

Forbes:11 Facts About Your Food That Will Shock You:“How many times have you looked at your food and thought, ‘what did it take for this to end up on my fork?’ Chances are, almost never. Most of us devour breakfast on the way to work, plow through lunch at our desk, and finish the day with dinner in front of the TV, exhausted. Besides, food is meant to be enjoyed. Pondering the impact it’s having on our health or the planet is a bit of a downer, right?”

Hey y’all, this is Melissa Beck, I feel compelled to share this from Explore Beef  to take the bad taste out of my mouth for sharing the Forbes article above.

Hope you have a great day.

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