(3BL Media/Justmeans) - First Lady Michelle Obama has unveiled plans for the most sweeping overhaul of nutrition labels on U.S. food packages in more than two decades. This announcement is part of Mrs Obama’s ‘Let's Move’ initiative to combat child obesity, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary.
INSIGHT & ANALYSIS
FDA Gets More Funding, But Is It Enough?
The Food and Drug Administration regulates 25 cents of every dollar of the national gross domestic product. The agency oversees food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter medications, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and veterinary products. Another special area of focus has been added to its portfolio: increased oversight of high-risk “compounding pharmacies,” whose products killed dozens and sickened hundreds in Massachusetts in 2012. In the proposed 2015 budget for 2015, this agency gets a 1% increase, to $2.6 billion. Advocates argue that is not enough to cover the FDA’s new and intensified responsibilities, and the complex, global nature of the products it regulates. Given the importance of its mission, its claim for more funding should be taken seriously.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations theme for this International Women’s Day is “Equality for women is progress for all.” Emerging markets around the world appear to be seizing the lead over developed countries when it comes to women in senior business management positions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Facebook is considering the use of high-flying, solar-powered drones to connect parts of the world that are currently without any Internet access. As one of the key supporters of the Internet.org initiative, Facebook is keen to bring Internet access to more than five billion people across the world that are still living without online connectivity.
Guest Blog by Michael Vaughan, CEO, The Regis Company
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Cotton production in the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan is responsible for grave human rights abuses, including the enforcement of child labour. During the cotton season, this country recruits over a million civilians to work in the fields without compensation. Schools are shut down, and children along with working professionals are faced with torture and arrest if they refuse to pick cotton under fatal working conditions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Brian Keane is a marketing guy. He understands how to sell things. And as president of SmartPower, a non-profit, solar marketing company, he knows how to sell residential solar to consumers.
When I spoke to him last week, he told me had had “cracked the code” on selling solar. He said he saw it as his job to sell solar power to “regular people” who will buy it, not as an expression of an identity or an ideology, but rather because it simply makes sense. Because, he said, “the fact that it's good for the environment is not a sufficient motivator for many people.”
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A group of 140 companies operating in California, including General Motors, Apple, eBay, Intel, Gap, Levi Strauss, Nestle, Symantec, The North Face and Acer, have placed their weight behind an ambitious Climate Declaration that exhorts policymakers in the United States to address the challenges of climate change with a sense of urgency.