Could we one day see “diet” fruit?


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

The White House is announcing sweeping immigration reform. That would grant a path to citizenship to more than 11-million immigrations living in the U.S., including thousands of farmworkers. The “U.S. Citizenship Act” would mark the first drastic overhaul of the U.S. immigration system in years. The bill would help so-called dreamers, brought to the country as children. It makes migrant farmworkers eligible for a streamlined process if they worked at least 23- hundred hours or 400-work days in agriculture during the preceding five-year period. It also effectively eliminates an exemption for farms from federal overtime and minimum wage requirements in current law.

Three government agencies are continuing to report food packaging is highly unlikely to spread COVID-19. It comes after Chinese officials raised the possibility the virus is spread by packaged frozen foods. The agencies, stressing the lack of credible evidence that it can spread through food or packaging.

A new study could help create low sugar or “diet” fruits. Researchers were able to pinpoint the indicators that govern how much sugar is transported to a plant cell. They say it opens the door to the ability to increase or reduce the number of sugars in plants. This could help farmers increase the quality and yield of fresh products, such as fruits and sugar cane, or produce low-sugar, high sweetness fruit for people with diabetes.

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