Monday, September 17, 2012

News and Notes for Monday September 17, 2012

Uneasy Allies in the Grocery Aisle
Bioengineering companies like Monsanto and DuPont are fighting Proposition 37, a California ballot initiative aimed at requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods.  Companies behind some of the biggest organic brands in the country — Kashi, Cascadian Farm, Horizon Organic — also have joined the antilabeling effort. Read more from The New York Times.

Soft Drinks in New York City Restaurants to be limited to Sixteen Ounces
the New York City Board of Health approved a city ordinance which " ... puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other ... beverages ..." sold at most places selling prepared food; but, the restriction does not apply to beverages sold in supermarkets or most convenience stores. Read "'Supersized' drinks on the way out in NYC" by USA Today and "NYC bans big, sugary drinks at eateries, theaters" by Associated Press.

How to Teach Chemistry through Mac ‘n’ Cheese
You're a chemist any time you step foot into the kitchen, says Matthew R. Hartings, a professor who teaches the course “The Chemistry of Cooking.” In this C&EN video clip, Hartings makes macaroni and cheese and talks about his class, which is meant for undergraduates not majoring in science. He teaches the course with the goal of making chemistry more relevant and interesting to non-science majors. Watch the video.

Argentina to Export an Additional 2.75 Million Tons of Maize from its 2011/12 Crop
According to the FAO, the move is intended to help ease tight international markets after this summer's drought in the U.S. - the worst in over 50 years. Read the FAO news release or  Information about the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) .

Oil Crops Outlook 
The USDA Economic Research Service has released its latest monthly report which "... examines supply, use, prices, and trade for oil crops (primarily soybeans and products), including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Includes information on cottonseed, peanuts, sunflowerseed, tropical oils, corn oil, and animal fats ..." Read the report (.pdf)

Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States (FATUS)
The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has issued its latest data set which "... summarizes USDA's monthly release of calendar year, fiscal year, year-to-date, and monthly value of U.S. agricultural exports, imports, and trade balance ..." The  update of the FATUS Data Set is available here. Questions and answers related to FATUS Data are available here. The U.S. Agricultural Trade topic page offers articles and general information about U.S. agricultural trade and links to other resources at

Upcoming Events September 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

17-19 24th International Ion Chromatography Symposium
Berlin, Germany

17-19 International Conference on Obesity and Weight Management
San Antonio, Texas, USA

17-19 7th Annual Soy & Grain Trade Summit
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

18-19 World Biofuels Markets Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil

18-20 Science & Standards Symposium: Function of Foods and Dietary Supplements–Global Opportunities and Challenges
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

19-21 International Dairy Foods Association Policy & Politics Conference
Washington, D.C., USA

19-21 Biocatalysis in Lipid Modification
Greifswald, Germany

20-21 MPOB International Oil Palm Biomass Conference 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

21-23 Globoil India 2012
Premier International Conference & Exhibition on Vegetable Oil, Feed & Feed Ingredients, Oilseeds & Related Industries
Mumbai, India

23-28 19th Annual Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition, & Feed Management
College Station, Texas, USA

24-27 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry(SETAC) Asia/Pacific 2012 Annual Meeting
Kumamoto, Japan

24-27 2012 Algae Biomass Summit
Denver, Colorado, USA

25-27 Marine Fuels: Specifications, Testing, Purchase, and Use
ASTM International Training Course
San Francisco, California, USA

27-28 4th European Workshop on Lipid Mediators
Paris, France

27-29 21st South East Lipid Research Conference
Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA

30-Oct. 3 American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) International Annual Meeting
Hollywood, Florida, USA

30-Oct. 3 AOAC Annual Meeting & Exposition
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

30-Oct. 4 World Congress on Oleo Science & 29th ISF Congress
Arkas Sasebo, Nagasaki-Prefecture, Japan

30-Oct. 5 SciX - The Great SCIentific eXchange
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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