New Standards for Fuel Economy

Last week, the Obama administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. When combined with previous standards set by this administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on the road.…

FDA Hosts Tobacco Compliance Webinar

Last week’s FDA Center for Tobacco Compliance (CTP) webinar for tobacco retailers provided an overview of a new document that CTP began sending to retailers in July 2012. The document, known as a Compliance Check Inspection Notification, informs tobacco retailers that they might be receiving a violation notice in the future. Compliance Check Inspection Notifications…

U.S. Healthcare Wastes $750 Billion a Year

Don’t discount the healthcare discussion anytime soon. Long after the November elections, the pains of health-care costs are likely to continue. A recent report by Institute of Medicine has revealed that the U.S. healthcare system “squanders $750 billion a year—roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar—through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud, and other waste,” writes…

USDA Identifies Food Deserts

The USDA’s Economic Research Service has identified more than 6,500 food desert tracts in the U.S. based on 2000 CENSUS and 2006 data on locations of supermarkets, supercenters, and large grocery stores, reports The Food Institute. USDA examined the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of these tracts to see how they differ from other census tracts…