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Proposed Legislation Could Be Big Boon For Local Brewers; Exposure to Pesticides Can Lower I.Q.’s

• If passed, Congress’ proposed Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, a measure that will cut in half the federal excise tax on a barrel of beer produced by small breweries, will allow local craft brewers, like Sly Fox and Yards, to expand operations and bring on new employees. [The Mercury]

• All the more reason to eat organic: A study shows prenatal pesticide exposure lowers kids’ I.Q.’s. [Well/NYT]

• Uh-oh: Chipotle’s already had a bunch of troubles over its hiring practices, but now federal investigators have launched a probe for criminality. [NRN]

• Now they tell us: McDonald’s saw an 11 percent profit increase in the first quarter but says it’ll likely have to raise prices owing to ingredient-cost rises. [Bloomberg]

• Africa is being hit particularly hard by rising food costs; in many parts of the continent, even a six-cent cost increase can devastate food budgets. [Chron]

• Be a good neighbor and don’t pour cooking grease down the drain — it can stop up the system, creating stalactite-like deposits in the sewer. [MSNBC]

Proposed Legislation Could Be Big Boon For Local Brewers; Exposure to Pesticides