Today’s quick hits, Dec. 5, 2023

White House veto threat: The so-called Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act, which would prohibit the Biden administration from implementing aggressive emission standards for light and medium-duty vehicles, would limit the EPA’s rulemaking power and undermine the development of lower-emission vehicles such as electric cars, said the White House, which threatened to veto the House bill. (The Washington Examiner)

Meatless school meals: Hundreds of school districts offer vegan or vegetarian entrées in their cafeteria lunch lines, a reflection of a cultural shift in the country, say vendors and nutrition activists. (Ambrook)

Climate in the farm bill: With the UN climate summit underway, Senate Agriculture chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said, “One of my top priorities is writing a farm bill that will allow American agriculture to continue to lead on climate.” (Stabenow)

Vilsack speaks at COP28: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will speak about the USDA’s initiative on climate-smart agriculture and the international Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate at the UN climate summit at the end of this week. (FERN’s Ag Insider)

Year of the camelids: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization launched the International Year of Camelids, which include camels, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos, to celebrate the animals’ role in providing milk, meat, food, fiber, and transport, even in harsh climates. (FAO)