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Casein Casings: The Newest Food Packaging

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Casein is a milk protein that is 500 times as effective as plastic at preventing food spoilage.

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What Can The Sharing Economy Do For Local Food?

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Commercial kitchen space can be hard to come by and expensive to build. One tech startup is trying to fix that, using concepts from the sharing economy.

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Berkeley’s Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption

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A new study finds the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugary drinks, but it's uncertain if the effect will be permanent.

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Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists

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Savory jams tap into a love affair with foods that marry salt and sugar. They let people eat local fruits and vegetables year-round.

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Vilsack Hopes Next Administration Continues Diverse Scope

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama’s original cabinet, and has been at the helm of USDA since 2009.

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Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs… With Seaweed

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Some scientists want to boost the nutritional profile of hot dogs and hamburgers by adding seaweed to the meats.

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Old Barns Are Turning Into Hot Decorating Product

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While the dilapidated barn might be a nuisance for farmers, reclaimed barn wood is a hot decorating trend from Manhattan to Manhattan Beach

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Calling All Cucumbers

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Sick of pickles? Chef Corbin Morwick's salad of Indian spices, tomatoes and onions is a great way to switch up your cucumber game.

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Recipe: Finch’s Chanterelle Frittata


Brunchers won't have many more chances to enjoy Jeff Finch's chanterelle frittata. It's available only as long as foragers provide him with fresh mushrooms.

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Study: Vegan Diet Less Sustainable Than Previously Thought


The study confirms that a diet incorporating some meat and animal products may feed more people around the globe.

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Buy And Dry: Farmers Sell Water Rights To Thirsty Cities

Auctioneer Spanky Assiter

Increasingly, water in Colorado is more valuable coming out of lawn sprinklers and bathroom faucets than growing sugar beets.

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Indiana Hops Farmers Go All-In On Trendy Specialty

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The booming craft beer industry is encouraging more and more upstart Indiana growers to invest long-term in hops.

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Fast Food Companies Quietly Drop Yoga-Mat Chemical

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Two years ago Subway removed a chemical used in yoga mats and other industrial products from its bread. Others have too, but why don’t they brag about it?

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Chicago Tribune: Illinois Pork Production Regulation Flawed

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The Tribune found the regulatory system designed to protect rural communities actually exploits state laws to build more facilities that mass-produce pork.

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