A Day without Immigrants, New Food Labels, and More Food News

February 17, 2017
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How “A Day Without Immigrants” protests impacted restaurants
CNN has collected stories from restaurants and businesses around the U.S. on the meaning of the daylong protest on February 16. A story from one business owner: “Carr said he's holding down the fort by also washing dishes and preparing food. He said his business would fall apart without his immigrant employees, who come from Venezuela and Guatemala.”

What does Pruitt’s confirmation as the head of the EPA mean? More chemicals.
The Hill draws the picture. “One clear indication that the EPA could increase chemical use is that the EPA transition team was led by Myron Bell from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, whose known sponsors included Monsanto and Dow Chemical. It’s clear that this will be a pro-chemical EPA.”

New food expiration labels are coming
Fortune explains the updated and simplified food labels we’ll be seeing in grocery stores soon. “A voluntary initiative, led by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), encourages those in the food industry to get rid of the myriad date labels on consumer product packaging and instead adopt just two standard phrases: "BEST If Used By" and "USE By".”

Is American corn the first target in Trump’s trade war with Mexico?
Forbes describes how American corn farmers could take a financial hit if Mexico taxes corn imports from the U.S.. “Mexico would then buy some of its corn from Argentina and Brazil, even if it meant paying a premium. Mexico purchased an estimated $2.4 billion worth of corn from the U.S. in 2015.”

A new addition to the list of Don’t-Eat-That for pregnant women
USA Today reports, “Researchers in Finland say the culprit is glycyrrhizin, a tongue-twister of a sweetener that naturally occurs in the licorice plant and is also added to teas and herbal supplements, among other things. Eat it, and your levels of the stress hormone cortisol take a jump. For pregnant women, that bump could tamper with a fetus' developing nervous system.”

Article from Edible Communities at http://www.ediblecommunities.com/sustainable-food/day-without-immigrants-new-food-labels-and-more-food-news
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