From the House of Representatives passing a new bill on GMOs, to new research on entrepreneurial activity in America, below are the headlines that caught our attention in July.
ISSUES WE’RE TRACKING…
The Ice Bucket Challenge has led to a Major ALS Discovery (Fast Company)
A recent report from Wired indicates that scientists have discovered a new gene, NEK1, that they now know is one of the most common genes that contributes to the motor neuron disease ALS. The discovery came about using the funds that were donated from the Ice Bucket Challenge over the past few years.
Despite opposition from food and biotech companies, a new bill requiring Genetically-Modified Foods to be labeled passed the House of Representatives on July 14, 2016.
Beer Industry Finally Agrees to Nutrition Labeling (TriplePundit)
In an effort to promote consumer choice and transparency, The Beer Institute announced a set of voluntary guidelines around nutrition labeling. Companies that agree to the guidelines will be required to disclose total calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat and alcohol beverage volume (ABV) on their products.
The recently released Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found that entrepreneurial activity in the U.S. declined by two points, to 12%, in 2015. Donna Kelley, the GEM Report’s lead author from Babson College cites the decline as a possible indicator of uncertainty or greater pessimism in the economy.
BRANDS WE’RE TRACKING…
Patagonia Is Going to Make You Think Differently About Food (Fast Company)
Bank of America Pledges $40 Million to Youth Employment (TriplePundit)