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After Stormy Spring, Farmers Could Face More Violent Weather

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This season's storms aren't a fluke. They're one consequence of a century long pattern in which the Midwest has gotten as much as two degrees warmer.

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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

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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

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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

trix

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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Food Values For Second Graders

aidan kerr with his tomato plant

Teaching kids about where their food comes from can be fun, rewarding and frustrating. We hear from two adults and the one child they tried to educate.

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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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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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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Nestlé Transforms Zero Water Factory

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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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