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Inside World’s Largest Food Company You’ve Never Heard Of

JBS building

JBS is a powerhouse in meat. The Brazilian multinational is the largest global producer of beef, chicken and lamb, and number three in pork.

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Flock Of Egg-Laying Hens Smallest In A Decade


The nation’s flock of egg-laying hens is at its smallest since 2004 thanks to the massive outbreak of avian influenza this spring.

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Food Companies Vow To Cut Food Waste In Half By 2025

Wasted food sits in a dumpster

A global consortium of 400 companies has pledged to curb food waste by half over the next decade.

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USDA Predicts Rebound For Global Coffee Crop

A woman picks coffee in Aceh, Indonesia.

The USDA forecasts that the world’s overall coffee production will bounce back from a downward slope after record crops in key countries.

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General Mills Removes Artificial Colors, Flavors From Cereal


Spices and fruit and vegetable juices will make up the rainbow of colors when the new Trix cereal hits shelves.

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House Bill To Block State GMO Labels Gaining Ground

A sign declares support for GMO labels in Oregon.

A House bill that would preempt states from passing their own GM label requirements could come up for a vote before the August recess.

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The Brief Reign Of The ‘Queen Of The Night’ Orchid Cactus

orchid cactus bud

Some cultures claim orchid cactus stem extract works as a cough suppressant, while others cook the petals into a soup that’s assumed to be an aphrodisiac.

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Better-Than-Bottled Root Beer

jackie howard with root beer

Howard got the idea to make root beer when she met a farmer who sold sassafras bark. She describes her signature recipe as something similar to a sweet tea.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Nestlé Transforms Zero Water Factory


Nestlé announced it is transforming its California milk plant into a zero-water facility.

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What Will Take Trans Fats’ Place?

oreo in milk

Trans fats will be phased out in three years—so what will take its place in cookies, frosting and donuts?

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Computer Glitch Leaves Farm Workers Stranded

Farm workers picking corm in California

A computer glitch has prevented the U.S. from issuing temporary work visas for more than a week, barring hundreds of farm workers from leaving Mexico.

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Food Pantries Help Patrons Grow Their Own Produce

Bill McKelvey

Grow Well Missouri passes out seeds and starter plants at area food pantries so locals can grow their own food.

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Trans Fats To Be Phased Out Within Three Years, Says FDA


The FDA has given shelf-stable trans fats an expiration date. They must be phased out of the food system within three years.

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New Study Says Bird Flu Spread By Wind, Humans, Fowl

road closed on the farm

Researchers found that the virus was spread up to a half-mile during two windy days that “appeared to be related to clusters of outbreaks 5 to 7 days later."

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