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Archive for March 2017

March 3, 2017

 

maple tree with spile and bucket

What Indiana’s Warm February Means For Maple Sap Harvest

When buds appear on trees, that means sugaring season is over. On this week's show, we speak with syrup producers about the quick end to this year’s harvest.

March 10, 2017

 

Mas Masumoto

Mas Masumoto’s Letter To A Young Farmer — His Daughter

This week, Mas Masumoto on how his daughter's experience of farming differs from his. And cooking with an ingredient that requires no cultivation -- dandelions.

March 17, 2017

 

trimming a branch

Nightfall Farm’s Orchard Represents Hope For The Future

On the podcast: This land has been in Liz and Nate Brownlee's family for half a century, but the small orchard represents chapter one of their farming story.

March 1, 2017

 

Starbucks

Starbucks To Open In Italy In 2018. Italian Cafes Say Bring It

The coffeehouse giant plans several stores in Milan, but Italian coffeehouse owners aren't particularly worried.

March 1, 2017

 

coffee

Indonesia Wakes Up And Smells Its Own Coffee, Then Drinks It

Indonesia is the world's fourth-largest coffee producer, exporting more than it consumes, but that's changing thanks to demand from a rising middle class.

March 1, 2017

 

group of people

Trump Orders Review Of Clean Water Rule Opposed By Farm Groups

Trump on his own can’t repeal the rule. The executive order directs the new EPA administrator to revise it, which could take years.

March 1, 2017

 

chicken eggs

Let There Be Sunlight! And There Will Be Eggs

It takes a minimum of 12 hours of daylight per day for hens to lay eggs. As the days continue to get longer, here's what to know about your flock's egg output.

March 2, 2017

 

broccoli, zucchini, cabbage

Veggie Shortage Inspires Funny Headlines, Serious Thoughts

Bad weather caused a brief shortage of veggies in the U.K. Prices went up and people panicked. Now they are thinking harder about where their food comes from.

March 2, 2017

 

loaves of bread

What’s The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread?

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

March 2, 2017

 

Soda

Philadelphia Soda Sales Drop To Half After Soda Tax

The tax, implemented on Jan. 1, is aimed at curbing soda consumption while generating revenue for city infrastructure and education projects.

March 2, 2017

 

subway sign

DNA Tests Find Subway Chicken Only 50 Percent Meat

A CBC investigative consumer show ordered the DNA analysis. The sandwich chain unilaterally denies the accusation, calling the claims "absolutely false."

March 2, 2017

 

wet field

Sorry Salad Lovers: We May Have No Mesclun Mix For Two Weeks

There may be a nationwide shortage of salad mix in a few weeks. You can blame wet weather in Arizona and California.

March 4, 2017

 

butter

Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory

From its origins as a happy accident 10,000 years ago, to its role as the centerpiece of a school "rebellion," the tabletop staple has had quite a life.

March 5, 2017

 

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

The Worcestershire is my absolute favorite. I love the depth of flavor it gives the ground chicken or turkey.

March 5, 2017

 

Cacao pods

Reviving Puerto Rico’s Cocoa Farms

Cocoa plantations in Puerto Rico were wiped out centuries ago. Now, local pride and the sheer love of chocolate are bringing back local cocoa.

March 6, 2017

 

Kansas farmer Phil Holman-Hebert

In Search Of Profit, Some Conventional Farmers May Go Local

Despite Kansas’s place as a prime farm state, just a tiny fraction of the produce consumed there is produced locally. That represents opportunity for farmers.

March 7, 2017

 

Amba Estate, a 26-acre tea plantation in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing

The island nation is one of the world's biggest exporters of tea. We visit one organic tea farm that shares revenues with its workers.

March 7, 2017

 

farmer hauling hay

Farmers Wary As Federal Ag And Energy Leadership Shifts

In Trump’s Cabinet, oil-rich states like Texas and Oklahoma are well represented, making some in the Corn Belt worry about the future of corn-based ethanol.

March 7, 2017

 

half-cracked egg

Unscrambling The Nutrition Science On Eggs

As more research suggests some degree of dietary cholesterol is harmless, if not healthy, the egg's reputation is slowly returning.

March 8, 2017

 

Lac qui Parle River watershed of Minnesota

Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations

Many farmers are successfully fending off environmental regulation, from the Clean Water Rule to a lawsuit in Iowa that's aimed at reducing nitrates in rivers.

March 8, 2017

 

A Colorado farm field

Study: Agriculture Should Ramp Up Response To Climate Change

New research identifies the Corn Belt as the region where climate change could have the biggest impact on overall farm productivity.

March 8, 2017

 

farming holding cocoa pods

Cocoa Crisis For Ivory Coast’s Farmers

A bumper crop combined with a fall in the global demand for chocolate and a dip in cocoa prices are hurting Ivory Coast cocoa farmers.

March 9, 2017

 

soy milk

For Breast Cancer Survivors, Soy Tied To Longevity Boost

New research finds eating soy milk, edamame and tofu does not have harmful effects for women with breast cancer, as some have worried.

March 9, 2017

 

chickens

China Reports Worst Bird Flu Season On Record

China has confirmed 460 cases of the H7N9 bird flu virus since last October, the most of any season since the first human case was reported in 2013.

March 9, 2017

 

A portable gluten detector sits next to a breakfast plate

Portable Gadget Tests Food For Allergens

A much-anticipated portable device for detecting gluten in food has hit the market.

March 9, 2017

 

drawing

Study: Fewer Overweight People Try To Lose Weight

Some worry what this trend means for chronic disease. Others see an upside: Diets often fail, but a healthy body image can lead to healthy outcomes.

March 9, 2017

 

lent bowl

A Lenten Soup Flavored With Centuries Of Tradition

This thick, creamy stew features 12 "grains" to represent the Twelve Apostles and cod to denote Jesus, a meal befitting Ecuador's elaborate Lenten traditions.

March 10, 2017

 

greenhouse

Greenhouse Has Neighbors Throwing Shade Over Light Pollution

LEF Farms is investing $10 million to grow lettuce indoors in New Hampshire. Neighbors support locally grown food but worry lights may affect property values.

March 10, 2017

 

vegan stroganoff

Yes, You Can Make Vegan Stroganoff

Raw cashews not only add a creamy texture and a touch of sweetness, they also have the ability to thicken, which means there is no need to make a roux.

March 11, 2017

 

Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles

These whole wheat waffles are made with coconut oil and sweetened slightly with pure maple syrup.

March 12, 2017

 

Spring Onion Salmon Frittata

Spring Onion Salmon Frittata

Frittatas aren't just for eggs anymore! This recipe adds savory smoked salmon, nutty gouda and plenty of herbs and scallions.

March 12, 2017

 

Hanna Walker

How My Father And I Learned To Separate Curds And Whey

Carolyn Beans and her father took a crash course in mozzarella. The experience offered valuable insight into the science and history of cheese-making.

March 13, 2017

 

honeybee collects nectar

Planet Money, Episode 756: The Bees Go To California

Every spring convoys of trucks arrive in almond orchards carrying bees. But why make the 2,000 mile trek instead of raising bees right in central California?

March 13, 2017

 

A sign on the western edge of the fire evacuation zone in Kansas

Wildfires Threaten Ranchers In Cattle Country

The largest of the fires spread from the Oklahoma Panhandle into southwest Kansas, and has consumed more than 800,000 acres of prime grassland.

March 13, 2017

 

bacon

Eating More Or Less Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death

Too much bacon, or too few nuts, can influence the risk of death from heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, a study finds.

March 13, 2017

 

rows of corn

Monsanto Rep Counsels Indiana Farmers On Bridging Ag Divides

Monsanto's director of millennial engagement told Indiana Farm Bureau members to rethink how they talk about the food system with young and urban residents.

March 13, 2017

 

curried butternut squash soup

Cozy Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Spiced with Madras curry, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes, this butternut squash soup will warm the hearts of your next dinner guests.

March 14, 2017

 

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Liz Hada, left, and Melissa Garcia Rodriguez

Diversify The Landscape By Diversifying Who Works It

Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.

March 14, 2017

 

veggie drawing

Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all.

March 14, 2017

 

sugar cube design

How A Maryland County Cut Soda Sales Without A Soda Tax

Over three years, a campaign urged Howard County, Md., residents to pare back on sugary drinks. And it worked.

March 15, 2017

 

abandoned home

Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On Great Plains

Starting in 1910, Dearfield began attracting hundreds of black homesteaders. They came to the town for opportunity.

March 15, 2017

 

bottles of round up

Court Documents Raise Questions Of Roundup

After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about research methods, Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate.

March 16, 2017

 

pine needles

How To Make Pine Needle Tea

You can identify a white pine tree by its clusters of five needles per bunch.

March 5, 2017

 

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

The Worcestershire is my absolute favorite. I love the depth of flavor it gives the ground chicken or turkey.

March 10, 2017

 

vegan stroganoff

Yes, You Can Make Vegan Stroganoff

Raw cashews not only add a creamy texture and a touch of sweetness, they also have the ability to thicken, which means there is no need to make a roux.

March 11, 2017

 

Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles

These whole wheat waffles are made with coconut oil and sweetened slightly with pure maple syrup.

March 12, 2017

 

Spring Onion Salmon Frittata

Spring Onion Salmon Frittata

Frittatas aren't just for eggs anymore! This recipe adds savory smoked salmon, nutty gouda and plenty of herbs and scallions.

March 13, 2017

 

curried butternut squash soup

Cozy Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Spiced with Madras curry, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes, this butternut squash soup will warm the hearts of your next dinner guests.

March 16, 2017

 

pine needles

How To Make Pine Needle Tea

You can identify a white pine tree by its clusters of five needles per bunch.

March 19, 2017

 

vegan cornbread

The Vegan Cornbread You’ve Been Waiting For

Cooking cornbread in a cast-iron skillet renders the outside crisp and buttery, while the interior is moist and crumbly.

March 21, 2017

 

seaweed

Want To Eat Green? Do It The Irish Way — With Seaweed

Algae was long a part of Irish cuisine. It helped some survive the Great Famine.

March 1, 2017

 

Starbucks

Starbucks To Open In Italy In 2018. Italian Cafes Say Bring It

The coffeehouse giant plans several stores in Milan, but Italian coffeehouse owners aren't particularly worried.

March 1, 2017

 

coffee

Indonesia Wakes Up And Smells Its Own Coffee, Then Drinks It

Indonesia is the world's fourth-largest coffee producer, exporting more than it consumes, but that's changing thanks to demand from a rising middle class.

March 1, 2017

 

group of people

Trump Orders Review Of Clean Water Rule Opposed By Farm Groups

Trump on his own can’t repeal the rule. The executive order directs the new EPA administrator to revise it, which could take years.

March 2, 2017

 

broccoli, zucchini, cabbage

Veggie Shortage Inspires Funny Headlines, Serious Thoughts

Bad weather caused a brief shortage of veggies in the U.K. Prices went up and people panicked. Now they are thinking harder about where their food comes from.

March 2, 2017

 

loaves of bread

What’s The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread?

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

March 2, 2017

 

Soda

Philadelphia Soda Sales Drop To Half After Soda Tax

The tax, implemented on Jan. 1, is aimed at curbing soda consumption while generating revenue for city infrastructure and education projects.

March 2, 2017

 

subway sign

DNA Tests Find Subway Chicken Only 50 Percent Meat

A CBC investigative consumer show ordered the DNA analysis. The sandwich chain unilaterally denies the accusation, calling the claims "absolutely false."

March 2, 2017

 

wet field

Sorry Salad Lovers: We May Have No Mesclun Mix For Two Weeks

There may be a nationwide shortage of salad mix in a few weeks. You can blame wet weather in Arizona and California.

March 4, 2017

 

butter

Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory

From its origins as a happy accident 10,000 years ago, to its role as the centerpiece of a school "rebellion," the tabletop staple has had quite a life.

March 5, 2017

 

Cacao pods

Reviving Puerto Rico’s Cocoa Farms

Cocoa plantations in Puerto Rico were wiped out centuries ago. Now, local pride and the sheer love of chocolate are bringing back local cocoa.

March 6, 2017

 

Kansas farmer Phil Holman-Hebert

In Search Of Profit, Some Conventional Farmers May Go Local

Despite Kansas’s place as a prime farm state, just a tiny fraction of the produce consumed there is produced locally. That represents opportunity for farmers.

March 7, 2017

 

Amba Estate, a 26-acre tea plantation in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing

The island nation is one of the world's biggest exporters of tea. We visit one organic tea farm that shares revenues with its workers.

March 7, 2017

 

farmer hauling hay

Farmers Wary As Federal Ag And Energy Leadership Shifts

In Trump’s Cabinet, oil-rich states like Texas and Oklahoma are well represented, making some in the Corn Belt worry about the future of corn-based ethanol.

March 7, 2017

 

half-cracked egg

Unscrambling The Nutrition Science On Eggs

As more research suggests some degree of dietary cholesterol is harmless, if not healthy, the egg's reputation is slowly returning.

March 8, 2017

 

Lac qui Parle River watershed of Minnesota

Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations

Many farmers are successfully fending off environmental regulation, from the Clean Water Rule to a lawsuit in Iowa that's aimed at reducing nitrates in rivers.

March 8, 2017

 

A Colorado farm field

Study: Agriculture Should Ramp Up Response To Climate Change

New research identifies the Corn Belt as the region where climate change could have the biggest impact on overall farm productivity.

March 8, 2017

 

farming holding cocoa pods

Cocoa Crisis For Ivory Coast’s Farmers

A bumper crop combined with a fall in the global demand for chocolate and a dip in cocoa prices are hurting Ivory Coast cocoa farmers.

March 9, 2017

 

soy milk

For Breast Cancer Survivors, Soy Tied To Longevity Boost

New research finds eating soy milk, edamame and tofu does not have harmful effects for women with breast cancer, as some have worried.

March 9, 2017

 

chickens

China Reports Worst Bird Flu Season On Record

China has confirmed 460 cases of the H7N9 bird flu virus since last October, the most of any season since the first human case was reported in 2013.

March 9, 2017

 

A portable gluten detector sits next to a breakfast plate

Portable Gadget Tests Food For Allergens

A much-anticipated portable device for detecting gluten in food has hit the market.

March 9, 2017

 

drawing

Study: Fewer Overweight People Try To Lose Weight

Some worry what this trend means for chronic disease. Others see an upside: Diets often fail, but a healthy body image can lead to healthy outcomes.

March 9, 2017

 

lent bowl

A Lenten Soup Flavored With Centuries Of Tradition

This thick, creamy stew features 12 "grains" to represent the Twelve Apostles and cod to denote Jesus, a meal befitting Ecuador's elaborate Lenten traditions.

March 10, 2017

 

greenhouse

Greenhouse Has Neighbors Throwing Shade Over Light Pollution

LEF Farms is investing $10 million to grow lettuce indoors in New Hampshire. Neighbors support locally grown food but worry lights may affect property values.

March 12, 2017

 

Hanna Walker

How My Father And I Learned To Separate Curds And Whey

Carolyn Beans and her father took a crash course in mozzarella. The experience offered valuable insight into the science and history of cheese-making.

March 13, 2017

 

honeybee collects nectar

Planet Money, Episode 756: The Bees Go To California

Every spring convoys of trucks arrive in almond orchards carrying bees. But why make the 2,000 mile trek instead of raising bees right in central California?

March 13, 2017

 

A sign on the western edge of the fire evacuation zone in Kansas

Wildfires Threaten Ranchers In Cattle Country

The largest of the fires spread from the Oklahoma Panhandle into southwest Kansas, and has consumed more than 800,000 acres of prime grassland.

March 13, 2017

 

bacon

Eating More Or Less Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death

Too much bacon, or too few nuts, can influence the risk of death from heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, a study finds.

March 13, 2017

 

rows of corn

Monsanto Rep Counsels Indiana Farmers On Bridging Ag Divides

Monsanto's director of millennial engagement told Indiana Farm Bureau members to rethink how they talk about the food system with young and urban residents.

March 14, 2017

 

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Liz Hada, left, and Melissa Garcia Rodriguez

Diversify The Landscape By Diversifying Who Works It

Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.

March 14, 2017

 

veggie drawing

Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all.

March 14, 2017

 

sugar cube design

How A Maryland County Cut Soda Sales Without A Soda Tax

Over three years, a campaign urged Howard County, Md., residents to pare back on sugary drinks. And it worked.

March 15, 2017

 

abandoned home

Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On Great Plains

Starting in 1910, Dearfield began attracting hundreds of black homesteaders. They came to the town for opportunity.

March 15, 2017

 

bottles of round up

Court Documents Raise Questions Of Roundup

After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about research methods, Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate.

March 16, 2017

 

carts

Bill Would Lift Savings Limit For Food Stamp Recipients

Some committee members are also concerned about the lack of regulation on what SNAP can be used to purchase.

March 16, 2017

 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue

Questions Linger Over Ag Secretary Nominee

Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, has pledged to sever business ties amid ongoing delays in his confirmation.

March 16, 2017

 

cover crops

How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting cover crops. In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

March 18, 2017

 

pasties

In Michigan, Pasties Are Portable Pies With History Baked In

The lightly seasoned meat and veggie pie, prevalent in the Upper Peninsula, is pure fuel. It's come to symbolize tenacity in the face of trying conditions.

March 20, 2017

 

usda headquarters

Rural Groups Push Against Proposed Cuts To USDA Spending

President Trump’s proposal calls for reduction in USDA discretionary spending and lays out rationale for why some programs are either eliminated or scaled back.

March 20, 2017

 

Meals on Wheels

Studies Show Meals On Wheels Cuts Medicare, Medicaid Costs

A 2013 review of studies found the average cost of a one-month nursing home stay is the same as providing home-delivered meals five days a week for seven years.

March 21, 2017

 

grilling meat

Amid Scandal, Brazil Assures Safety Of Its Food Exports

The country's federal police say that health officials were bribed to ignore outdated and adulterated meat.

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