It's an annual holiday tradition that kicks off at Thanksgiving and continues through New Year's: food guilt. Caught between the desire to enjoy holiday favorites and the fear of putting on extra pounds, people bond over the sharing of timeworn tips such as "eat before you go to a party" or "try to fill up on vegetables before you hit the rest of the buffet" - joyless cliches that really don't work. Then, on Jan. 2, they join a gym.
The Friday, Nov. 30, signing of the new North American trade deal featured ceremony but not much celebration - at least from the Canadians. Canada, the United States and Mexico were locked in tense talks for more than a year. In that time, President Donald Trump slapped tariffs foreign on steel and aluminum, threatened to ruin Canada with auto tariffs and tweeted insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - President Donald Trump Trump celebrated a major political win Friday, Nov. 30, joining the leaders of the Mexican and Canadian governments in signing a new North American trade deal that overhauls the rules governing more than $1.2 trillion in regional commerce and closes the door on a quarter-century of unbridled globalization. "This new agreement will ensure a future of prosperity and innovation for Mexico, Canada and the United States," the president said.
Lawmakers have struck a final farm bill deal that scraps a plan - backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump - that would have added new work requirements on food stamp beneficiaries, according to a key GOP Senator. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, confirmed Thursday, Nov. 29, that the farm bill deal does not include House GOP plans to add new work requirements for older food stamp recipients and for parents of children age 6 and older.
The fate of Pabst Blue Ribbon was in the hands of a jury. The classic lager - the cheap, light beer of choice among many hipsters and baby boomers alike - was at risk of disappearing from the shelves, the jury had been told. Wednesday marked the end of a nine-day trial involving a brewing contract dispute between Pabst and MillerCoors, one beer company versus a much bigger one, both steeped in more than a century of history.
Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in a broad alert in response to a new outbreak of illnesses caused by a particularly dangerous type of E. coli contamination. The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn't matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix. All romaine should be avoided.
The maker of chocolate M&M's and Snickers sees a growing risk on the horizon: sliding cocoa supply from one of the world's top growers. The answer? Comics and WiFi. Mars Inc., maker of candy famous to consumers across the world, is among firms trying to lure millennials into cocoa farming in Indonesia, where aging planters, decaying trees, pests and diseases have depressed output so much that the nation has become a net importer. The hope is that the younger set, attracted by free Internet, will get hooked on cocoa at themed cafes and be persuaded to return to the farms.
Mike Zelkind stands at one end of what was once a shipping container and opens the door to the future. Thousands of young collard greens are growing vigorously under a glow of pink-purple lamps in a scene that seems to have come from a sci-fi movie, or at least a NASA experiment. But Zelkind is at the helm of an earthbound enterprise. He is chief executive of 80 Acres Farms, with a plant factory in an uptown Cincinnati neighborhood where warehouses sit cheek by jowl with detached houses.
An economist who accurately predicted the rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China now sees a likely resolution of the dispute next year. A trade deal may be reached at some point in 2019 as tariffs will start to hurt the U.S., Danske Bank chief analyst and China economist Allan von Mehren wrote in a report last week, just before President Donald Trump tweeted that discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping are "moving along nicely."
A flip in either or both chambers of Congress with next week's midterm elections may reverberate into pig farms and soybean fields. At issue in the Nov. 6 vote is President Donald Trump's trade war with China as well as domestic entitlement programs. The world's second-largest economy slapped tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, including pork and soybeans. That prompted Trump to provide $12 billion in assistance to farmers. Domestically, farm programs began to expire Sept. 30 and Congress hasn't passed a new bill.