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Consumer Trends: Study Says Moms Confused About Popular Food Trends

May 11, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Recently, CommonGround commissioned the Gate-to-Plate Survey to gain insights into how U.S. moms feel and think about their food and the food choices they make for their families. More than 70 percent of moms surveyed admitted to having questions or concerns about how their food is grown or raised – a number that CommonGround volunteers hope to decrease through independent third-party data, firsthand experience and honest conversations.

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The Public’s "Right To Know"

May 11, 2012 12:01 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

New “Right to Know” bills raise the possibility for the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food. How the food industry reacts will impact the direction of the public conversation about genetic engineering.

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Fine Line Between Greed & Groundbreaking Discovery

May 11, 2012 10:11 am | by CHRIS FOX, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Have you seen the price of gas lately? This is what happens when large corporations get involved in things that we demand or desperately want. They corner the market and rack up the price.

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America's Fat Future

May 11, 2012 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

Forty-two percent of the U.S. population is expected to be obese by 2030. CBS' Terrell Brown reports on the growing number of obese Americans and some of the adjustments that would need to be made for America's "fat future," including modifying roller coaster seats and coffins the size of double beds.

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Researcher Gets $1M To Study Soybeans

May 11, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

A University of Georgia researcher has received a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to study the genetics of soybeans. Wayne Parrott will work with scientists at the University of Missouri, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The team will work to find more uses for the multipurpose legume by studying its genome.

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Raw Milk Recalled For Campylobacter

May 11, 2012 9:49 am | News | Comments

Raw milk from a Central California dairy is being recalled after tests confirmed bacteria called campylobacter was found in its raw cream.

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USDA Predicts Record Corn Harvest, Falling Food Prices

May 11, 2012 9:47 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers could see some relief from higher food prices by late fall, if the latest government crop forecast holds up. The U.S. Agriculture Department predicted Thursday that corn production will total a record 14.8 billion bushels. That compares with 12.4 billion bushels a year ago and it's 11 percent higher than the previous record crop in 2009. The government also predicts a record yield of 166 bushels per acre.

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Hostess Layoff Warnings Spread To Indiana, Michigan

May 11, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

Hostess Brands Inc. has notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Michigan officials it might close plants and layoff hundreds of workers if the company liquidates as part of its bankruptcy restructuring.

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Conn. Lawmakers Drop Modified Food Labeling Bill

May 11, 2012 9:39 am | News | Comments

A key Connecticut lawmaker says efforts to enact state legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified food died in the face of threatened lawsuits by food producers.

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Photo Of The Day: Cashing In On Corn

May 11, 2012 9:36 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a record corn crop this year, topping the previous high by 11 percent.

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In-Line Viscosity Metering

May 10, 2012 3:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Viscoline Inline Process Rheometer provides in-line, continuous measurement of fluid viscosity for process control and monitoring applications and is ideal for use applications in which viscosity measurement is required for process or quality control.

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FCLTX-Free Chlorine Sensors

May 10, 2012 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new series of free chlorine sensors feature amperometric measurement technology.

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Bulk Bag Discharger

May 10, 2012 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

This washdown duty unit features a Sure-Seal™ pneumatic spout clamping system, ensuring a dust-tight discharge.

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Shoot From The Hip, Shoot Yourself In the Foot

May 10, 2012 12:58 pm | by Eric Egeland, CPCU, AU, President, Capacity Consulting, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Have you ever wondered how many times you have tried to do something half-way, only to discover that it would have been easier if done the right way from the very beginning? The Small Business Administration has done multiple studies that say approximately half of new businesses fail. I have also read dozens of top 10 lists outlining the reasons that new businesses fail. Every single item on those lists traces back to poor planning and preparation.

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Monster Powers To 1Q Profit

May 10, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. said Wednesday that its profit climbed 38 percent in the first quarter on better sales of its energy drinks.

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Challenges Of Regulating Genetically Engineered Crops

May 10, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The development of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the 1980s ignited a buzz in the agricultural community with the potential for higher crop yields and better nutritional content, along with the reduction of herbicide and pesticide use. GE crops grew to play a significant role in the U.S., with more than 160 million acres of farmland used to produce GE crops in 2011. However, the development of new GE crops has recently slowed to a trickle due to litigation over field testing and deregulation.

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Lower Banana Prices Slash Chiquita Earnings

May 10, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Chiquita Brands International Inc. slid to their lowest levels in more than three years on Wednesday after the produce company reported a loss for the first quarter, stung by charges and lower banana prices. Its adjusted earnings were well below Wall Street's view.

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Consumer Group Refutes IOM Obesity Report

May 10, 2012 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is refuting the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) new report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation,” which misguidedly calls for the government and industry decision-makers to actively reduce the number of choices Americans have when they sit down to eat.

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Ammonia Leak Temporarily Shuts Down Distribution Plant

May 10, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

A Lebanon, Tenn., food distribution plant was temporarily shut down and evacuated because of an ammonia leak.

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Consumer Trends: Global Food Culture Shifts

May 10, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

“Food is life, and with the cultural changes underway throughout the world, there are tremendous shifts happening in how people eat,” said Daymon Worldwide CEO Carla Cooper.   “Occasions are now driving food choices, and retailers need to better understand how this is impacting their customers.”

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