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Archive for January 2017

January 5, 2017

 

sandwich on a spatula

A New Year Starts With Less Meat, More Heat

For the first show of 2017, we highlight vegan recipes that don't skimp on flavor. Chef Arlyn Llewellyn's veggie burger with garlic aioli is seriously spicy.

January 13, 2017

 

baby drinking milk from a bottle

Milk At The Intersection Of Culture, Biology And History

Does milk really help kids grow? Is dairy an important part of a healthy diet for adults? Andrea Wiley's research interrogates our assumptions about cow's milk.

January 1, 2017

 

cherry tomatoes

Ag Department Commissions Local Direct Farm Sales Survey

The largest chunk of sales in 2015 were made to local schools, hospitals and wholesalers.

January 2, 2017

 

equipment to monitor water quality

Environmental Groups Re-Focus On States After Federal Court Decision

Environmentalists argued the EPA should establish maximum levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and then have a means to penalize states that exceed those amounts.

January 2, 2017

 

veggie panini

Love Heat? Make Arlyn Llewellyn’s Veggie Burger

Our first recipe of 2017 goes out to all of you who have made the promise to eat less meat in the new year. This veggie burger is vegan, spicy and hearty.

January 2, 2017

 

roasted garlic

Kitchen Basics: Roasted Garlic Aioli

Arlyn Llewellyn adds chipotles in adobo to her basic aioli to mirror the flavors in a veggie burger. If she's making a banh mi, it's Sriracha instead.

January 3, 2017

 

farmworkers

Battles Over Farm, Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy, but the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.

January 3, 2017

 

Melissa Morris

Why Is Opioid Epidemic Hitting Rural U.S. Particularly Hard?

Research shows some of America’s most rural areas are particularly at-risk for opioid addiction and abuse, and many expect the problem to only get worse.

January 3, 2017

 

Employees hand-finish cheesecakes on the production line at Eli's

Refugees Resettled In Chicago Make Its Famous Cheesecake

Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are a sought-after talent pool at Eli's Cheesecake in Chicago.

January 3, 2017

 

Chef Freddie Bitsoie,  NPR's Ailsa Chang and producer Ian Stewart

Navajo Chef Gives Traditional Native Food A Modern Twist

More Native Americans are revisiting indigenous ingredients and methods of cooking. Chefs like Freddie Bitsoie have found themselves in a cultural tug of war.

January 3, 2017

 

Cover crops in South Dakota

Hoosier Farmers Increasingly Turning To Cover Crops

Hoosier farmers planted more than one million acres of cover crops this year, up from virtually none in 2004.

January 4, 2017

 

corporate headquarters of Cabela’s

Cabela’s Merger Puts A Rural City At An Economic Crossroads

Nearly one-third of Sidney, NE works at the headquarters of the outdoor retailer Cabela’s. Residents wonder what’s next as Cabela’s merges with a competitor.

January 4, 2017

 

African runner peanuts

The Lost Ancestral Peanut Of The South Is Revived

Brought to America by enslaved West Africans, the Carolina African runner was a defining taste of the antebellum South.

January 5, 2017

 

fruits and vegetables

A Plant-Friendly Atkins Diet Gets High Marks

U.S.News & World Report's annual rankings are out, and while reviewers have a few beefs with the regular Atkins diet, the vegan version scores well.

January 5, 2017

 

piglets

New Rules for Antibiotics On The Farm May Not Reduce Usage

In the past, farmers could buy feed containing antibiotics at a local feed store without consulting a vet. Now, they need to obtain a Veterinary Feed Directive.

January 6, 2017

 

By Returning To Farming’s Roots, He Found His American Dream

David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not a conventional one of upward economic mobility, but an uncompromising pursuit of difficult agrarian ideals.

January 6, 2017

 

crunchy peanut butter

New Guidelines Tell Parents When To Introduce Babies To Peanuts

The recommendations suggest introducing foods containing peanuts into the diets of children as young as 4 to 6 months.

January 6, 2017

 

A ranch foreman unloads a trailer of Red Angus

$2.6 million Missing From Oklahoma Beef Council

News of the alleged embezzlement and the attempt by the council to keep it secret gave critics of what’s called the beef check-off program more fodder.

January 6, 2017

 

Spaghetti Squash with spicy meat sauce

Spaghetti Squash With Spicy Meat Sauce

This pasta-like dish is packed with protein and fiber that will satisfy your tastebuds and your stomach.

January 7, 2017

 

flavor wheel

One Man’s Quest To Reinvent The Wheel — The Flavor Wheel

Edgar Chambers says flavor is multidimensional and the current lexicon diagrams aren't doing it justice. He wants to turn the wheel into a tree.

January 8, 2017

 

carrot ginger turmeric soup

Warm Up A Cold Winter Day With Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup

You can literally feel yourself warming up from the inside out as each spoonful of this carrot ginger turmeric soup goes down.

January 9, 2017

 

mixed greens grown indoors

Indoor Gardening Is Easier And Cheaper Than Ever

There are a few simple ways to grow your own fresh greens, and these methods require little in the way of space, expertise, or equipment.

January 9, 2017

 

jeff bailey

Young People Joining Agriculture Industry Face Tough Conditions

Young farmers are necessary to sustain the agricultural economy in the state, but they face a difficult farming environment.

January 9, 2017

 

dogfish

A Shark Called Dogfish Makes A Tasty Taco

About 90 percent of the fish Americans eat is imported, yet fish caught off our shores is often exported. New efforts are promoting locally caught fish.

January 10, 2017

 

red onion

Does An Onion A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

The same compounds that make people cry when slicing into an onion may also make them a healthy choice.

January 10, 2017

 

A Venezuelan soldier

As Venezuelans Go Hungry, The Military Is Trafficking In Food

Venture into black markets and you'll find food unavailable in cheaper state-run groceries. The military isn't just running markets. It's getting rich off them.

January 10, 2017

 

student at a salad bar

Some Students Develop An Appetite For Healthier School Meals

When Cheryl Johnson visits school cafeterias, she sees kids eating more fruits and vegetables, but the amount of food thrown away has not increased.

January 11, 2017

 

Coconut Citrus Upside-Down Cake

Coconut Citrus Upside-Down Cake

I’ve been brainstorming ways to bake with grapefruit and kept coming back to the idea of an upside-down cake. It’s the perfect way to balance out the tartness.

January 11, 2017

 

Dungeness crabs for sale at Fisherman's Wharf

Warmer Oceans Could Boost The Toxins In Shellfish

A new study finds a link between warming waters and a dangerous neurotoxin that builds up in species like Dungeness crab, clams and mussels.

January 12, 2017

 

organic produce at a grocery store

Why Going Organic Just Got Easier For Farmers

Farmers have to follow organic rules for three years before they can sell their food as certified organic.

January 12, 2017

 

bumblebee

Rusty Patched Bumblebee Newest Species On Endangered List

The number of rusty patched bumblebee colonies in the U.S. have fallen almost 87 percent in the past two decades.

January 12, 2017

 

Amazon Fresh delivery truck is park on a curb

Grocers To Accept Food Stamps For Online Orders

The USDA plans to launch a pilot program to allow people to buy groceries online with food stamps.

January 12, 2017

 

Afro Jam

A Detroit Urban Farm Preserves Black History In Jam Form

Two nonprofits are using their harvest for a line of jams honoring the history and old family recipes of the local African-American community.

January 13, 2017

 

Helen Dahlke

California Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture water by filling groundwater aquifers.

January 13, 2017

 

broccoli

The First Broccoli

While there are many edible plants that can be foraged from the wild, broccoli isn’t one of them. Broccoli is a human invention.

January 13, 2017

 

woman and a child suffering from severe malnutrition

Why Doctors Without Borders Added Food To Its Medical Bag

In Nigeria, the food crisis is so severe that when MSF sees families to treat disease or provide vaccinations, they're starting to distribute food as well.

January 13, 2017

 

A Hadza man on a hunt, with his bow and arrow.

Staying Fit Isn’t A New Year’s Resolution For These Hunter-Gatherers

Westerners are often looking for short, intense workouts. A new study points out a different path to fitness.

January 13, 2017

 

David Fuller with dairy cows

As Big Milk Moves In, Family-Owned Dairy Farms Rapidly Fold

Large-scale dairy farms are more lucrative, and national milk production has actually increased. But small farmers see their way of life dying.

January 14, 2017

 

egg kale farro breakfast bowl

Savory Kale And Farro Breakfast Bowl

The dressing packs a wallop of flavor with smoky toasted sesame oil that adds a marvelous earthy flavor while soy sauce packs in loads of umami.

January 14, 2017

 

Douglas Fir Brandy by Clear Creek Distillery

Pining For A Cozy Winter Drink? Try An Evergreen Liqueur

In Europe, pine-flavored spirits are a staple at ski lodges, and now more American distilleries are experimenting with trees.

January 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.

January 15, 2017

 

prehistoric granary overlooking Cedar Mesa

Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty

The newly created monument preserves 1.3 million acres in Utah, but critics who point to the land's energy extraction potential want the designation undone.

January 6, 2017

 

Spaghetti Squash with spicy meat sauce

Spaghetti Squash With Spicy Meat Sauce

This pasta-like dish is packed with protein and fiber that will satisfy your tastebuds and your stomach.

January 8, 2017

 

carrot ginger turmeric soup

Warm Up A Cold Winter Day With Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup

You can literally feel yourself warming up from the inside out as each spoonful of this carrot ginger turmeric soup goes down.

January 11, 2017

 

Coconut Citrus Upside-Down Cake

Coconut Citrus Upside-Down Cake

I’ve been brainstorming ways to bake with grapefruit and kept coming back to the idea of an upside-down cake. It’s the perfect way to balance out the tartness.

January 14, 2017

 

egg kale farro breakfast bowl

Savory Kale And Farro Breakfast Bowl

The dressing packs a wallop of flavor with smoky toasted sesame oil that adds a marvelous earthy flavor while soy sauce packs in loads of umami.

January 16, 2017

 

Yellow Pea Soup

Quebec-Style Yellow Pea Soup

Like a true Québecoise, my mom would make this soup on a regular basis, even long after we moved away from Québec.

January 17, 2017

 

Banana Bread

Almond Butter Banana Bread

This banana bread is perfectly moist, thanks to some almond butter and Greek yogurt, and it’s sweetened with honey instead of sugar.

January 1, 2017

 

cherry tomatoes

Ag Department Commissions Local Direct Farm Sales Survey

The largest chunk of sales in 2015 were made to local schools, hospitals and wholesalers.

January 2, 2017

 

equipment to monitor water quality

Environmental Groups Re-Focus On States After Federal Court Decision

Environmentalists argued the EPA should establish maximum levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and then have a means to penalize states that exceed those amounts.

January 3, 2017

 

farmworkers

Battles Over Farm, Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy, but the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.

January 3, 2017

 

Melissa Morris

Why Is Opioid Epidemic Hitting Rural U.S. Particularly Hard?

Research shows some of America’s most rural areas are particularly at-risk for opioid addiction and abuse, and many expect the problem to only get worse.

January 3, 2017

 

Employees hand-finish cheesecakes on the production line at Eli's

Refugees Resettled In Chicago Make Its Famous Cheesecake

Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are a sought-after talent pool at Eli's Cheesecake in Chicago.

January 3, 2017

 

Chef Freddie Bitsoie,  NPR's Ailsa Chang and producer Ian Stewart

Navajo Chef Gives Traditional Native Food A Modern Twist

More Native Americans are revisiting indigenous ingredients and methods of cooking. Chefs like Freddie Bitsoie have found themselves in a cultural tug of war.

January 3, 2017

 

Cover crops in South Dakota

Hoosier Farmers Increasingly Turning To Cover Crops

Hoosier farmers planted more than one million acres of cover crops this year, up from virtually none in 2004.

January 4, 2017

 

corporate headquarters of Cabela’s

Cabela’s Merger Puts A Rural City At An Economic Crossroads

Nearly one-third of Sidney, NE works at the headquarters of the outdoor retailer Cabela’s. Residents wonder what’s next as Cabela’s merges with a competitor.

January 4, 2017

 

African runner peanuts

The Lost Ancestral Peanut Of The South Is Revived

Brought to America by enslaved West Africans, the Carolina African runner was a defining taste of the antebellum South.

January 5, 2017

 

fruits and vegetables

A Plant-Friendly Atkins Diet Gets High Marks

U.S.News & World Report's annual rankings are out, and while reviewers have a few beefs with the regular Atkins diet, the vegan version scores well.

January 5, 2017

 

piglets

New Rules for Antibiotics On The Farm May Not Reduce Usage

In the past, farmers could buy feed containing antibiotics at a local feed store without consulting a vet. Now, they need to obtain a Veterinary Feed Directive.

January 6, 2017

 

crunchy peanut butter

New Guidelines Tell Parents When To Introduce Babies To Peanuts

The recommendations suggest introducing foods containing peanuts into the diets of children as young as 4 to 6 months.

January 6, 2017

 

A ranch foreman unloads a trailer of Red Angus

$2.6 million Missing From Oklahoma Beef Council

News of the alleged embezzlement and the attempt by the council to keep it secret gave critics of what’s called the beef check-off program more fodder.

January 7, 2017

 

flavor wheel

One Man’s Quest To Reinvent The Wheel — The Flavor Wheel

Edgar Chambers says flavor is multidimensional and the current lexicon diagrams aren't doing it justice. He wants to turn the wheel into a tree.

January 9, 2017

 

jeff bailey

Young People Joining Agriculture Industry Face Tough Conditions

Young farmers are necessary to sustain the agricultural economy in the state, but they face a difficult farming environment.

January 9, 2017

 

dogfish

A Shark Called Dogfish Makes A Tasty Taco

About 90 percent of the fish Americans eat is imported, yet fish caught off our shores is often exported. New efforts are promoting locally caught fish.

January 10, 2017

 

red onion

Does An Onion A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

The same compounds that make people cry when slicing into an onion may also make them a healthy choice.

January 10, 2017

 

A Venezuelan soldier

As Venezuelans Go Hungry, The Military Is Trafficking In Food

Venture into black markets and you'll find food unavailable in cheaper state-run groceries. The military isn't just running markets. It's getting rich off them.

January 10, 2017

 

student at a salad bar

Some Students Develop An Appetite For Healthier School Meals

When Cheryl Johnson visits school cafeterias, she sees kids eating more fruits and vegetables, but the amount of food thrown away has not increased.

January 11, 2017

 

Dungeness crabs for sale at Fisherman's Wharf

Warmer Oceans Could Boost The Toxins In Shellfish

A new study finds a link between warming waters and a dangerous neurotoxin that builds up in species like Dungeness crab, clams and mussels.

January 12, 2017

 

organic produce at a grocery store

Why Going Organic Just Got Easier For Farmers

Farmers have to follow organic rules for three years before they can sell their food as certified organic.

January 12, 2017

 

bumblebee

Rusty Patched Bumblebee Newest Species On Endangered List

The number of rusty patched bumblebee colonies in the U.S. have fallen almost 87 percent in the past two decades.

January 12, 2017

 

Amazon Fresh delivery truck is park on a curb

Grocers To Accept Food Stamps For Online Orders

The USDA plans to launch a pilot program to allow people to buy groceries online with food stamps.

January 12, 2017

 

Afro Jam

A Detroit Urban Farm Preserves Black History In Jam Form

Two nonprofits are using their harvest for a line of jams honoring the history and old family recipes of the local African-American community.

January 13, 2017

 

Helen Dahlke

California Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture water by filling groundwater aquifers.

January 13, 2017

 

woman and a child suffering from severe malnutrition

Why Doctors Without Borders Added Food To Its Medical Bag

In Nigeria, the food crisis is so severe that when MSF sees families to treat disease or provide vaccinations, they're starting to distribute food as well.

January 13, 2017

 

A Hadza man on a hunt, with his bow and arrow.

Staying Fit Isn’t A New Year’s Resolution For These Hunter-Gatherers

Westerners are often looking for short, intense workouts. A new study points out a different path to fitness.

January 13, 2017

 

David Fuller with dairy cows

As Big Milk Moves In, Family-Owned Dairy Farms Rapidly Fold

Large-scale dairy farms are more lucrative, and national milk production has actually increased. But small farmers see their way of life dying.

January 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.

January 15, 2017

 

prehistoric granary overlooking Cedar Mesa

Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty

The newly created monument preserves 1.3 million acres in Utah, but critics who point to the land's energy extraction potential want the designation undone.

January 16, 2017

 

cooked sweet potatoes

Why We’re Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

In 2000, Americans ate about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes per person. Today, it’s nearly double that, at 7.5 pounds per person.

January 16, 2017

 

Seaweed

Fresh Seaweed Is Making Waves Among Foragers

People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.

January 17, 2017

 

blessing box

New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America

Similar to "little free library" boxes that are filled with free books, these "blessing boxes" are stocked with food and toiletries for people in need to take.

January 17, 2017

 

tom vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

Tom Vilsack announced that his first job outside the Cabinet will be heading up a dairy industry trade group that pushes for access to foreign markets.

January 18, 2017

 

fossilized tomatillo

52 Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Fossils Rewrite Veggie History

Newly discovered fossils in Patagonia suggest the nightshade family started much earlier than believed, perhaps when dinosaurs roamed.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

January 18, 2017

 

Dr. Daniel Nadeau talks to Allison Scott

Food As Medicine: It’s Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore

Treating people through nutrition is not a new idea, but it's making inroads as more medical professionals make meals a formal part of care.

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