The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

About the Agriculture Update and Committee

The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

A0: Overview of Key Agencies Supporting and Regulating Food and Agriculture

The first in a series of background papers produced by the LWV Agriculture Update Taskforce. These papers are intended to be used to help educate and inform League members in Agriculture Update Study. This paper is a short overview of subjects categories covered by the background papers.

A1: United States Department of Agriculture

This is the first in a series of background papers, not including the overview. This paper discuss the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its agencies. The paper is a product of the Agriculture Update Committee.

A2: USDA’s Role in American Nutrition

This is the second in a series of Agency background papers for the Agriculture Update (not including the overview). This paper discuss the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and it's role in American nutrition. The paper is a product of the Agriculture Update Committee.

A3: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This is the third in a series of Agency background papers for the Agriculture Update (not including the overview). This paper discuss the Environmental Protection Agency and concerns of environmental pollution and reviews and registers toxic materials both at the level of use and as residues in food, air and water. The paper is a product of the Agriculture Update Committee.

A5: Food Labeling: FDA and USDA

This is the fifth in a series of Agency papers for the Agriculture Update. Food labeling, primarily as a means of consumer protection, is a topic of interest that has evolved from the need to address dynamic challenges stemming from the food industry. In recent years, attention focused on food labeling has exploded with concerns related to nutrition, genetic modification, pesticide and/or additive use, identification of known allergens, product origin disclosure, tracking of products relative to recalls, and more.

A6: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health

This is the sixth in a series of Agency papers for the Agriculture Update. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in the Department of Health and Human Services, have wide-ranging responsibilities for human health including detection, prevention, and monitoring of foodborne illnesses. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) another division of the Department of Health and Human Services, addresses human health and safety through medical research. NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Science), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts research on environmental factors contributing to human disease.

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