Food & Farm News
May 28, 2014
Proposed regulations cause concern
Federal agencies want to expand their ability to regulate land use that could affect waterways, but farmers and ranchers think the agencies are overreaching. A group of California farmers and ranchers took their concerns directly to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during a meeting with agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The farmers stressed their desire to protect water quality but said the new rules would add cumbersome paperwork requirements.
New conservation initiative begins
Stressing partnerships to enhance conservation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new program to invest in local projects that benefit soil and water. A portion of the money in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program will be set aside for projects in eight specific areas, including the Central Valley. The California Rice Commission says that will benefit farmland conservation and bird habitat practices underway on California farms.
Budget-friendly tips help shoppers
To help budget-conscious shoppers make healthy food choices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched an online resource called "Healthy Eating on a Budget" as part of its ChooseMyPlate.gov website. The new section focuses on how to plan, purchase and prepare healthy meals, as well as tips on how to save money at the grocery store. The budget suggestions include recipes, grocery and pantry lists to help households organize their purchases.
Studies tie diet to happiness
A well-balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables contributes to greater emotional well-being, according to a number of studies. One British study showed that subjects experienced more positive emotions on days they consumed more fruits and vegetables. Another showed that the more fruits and vegetables consumed, the higher the level of emotional well-being--with seven daily servings of produce found to be optimal.