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Archive for May 2016

May 5, 2016

 

Jill Vance in the woods

There’s More To Spring Foraging Than Just Morels

In the podcast, listen as Jill Vance points out wild edibles -- no mushrooms here! Before you forage, check out her list of favorite identification books.

May 12, 2016

 

wild yeast strain

Leveling Up Local Beer With Backyard Yeast

Matt Bochman says the next development in brewing is local yeast. His business aims to make hundreds of wild strains available to home and craft brewers alike.

May 19, 2016

 

ellie symes and simon kuntz examining bee hive

Young Beekeepers Turn The Death Of Their Hive Into A Startup

Ellie Symes and Lucas Moehle want to develop technology to monitor the inner workings of beehives to help them better understand what's causing bee deaths.

May 26, 2016

 

Miss Cristel Jackson rolls out bread for johnny cakes

Recipes Are Just Part Of The Story Or Pearl Lagoon

Vicki Basman collected stories and recipes from the people living in the Pearl Lagoon basin of Nicaragua for her cookbook "Pearls From The Lagoon."

May 2, 2016

 

lentils in a pot with seasonings

Kitchen Basics: Lentils

You're never too busy to throw on a pot of lentils. Here's how to cook dinner in under 20 minutes.

May 2, 2016

 

Chipotle

Chipotle Reports First Ever Profit Losses

The company's quarterly profits are down nearly 30 percent, despite efforts to win back consumers with free burritos.

May 3, 2016

 

packages of chicken

FDA Says Lower Salmonella Rates ‘Encouraging’

The FDA study is part of a larger government effort to reduce the persistently high rates of the food-borne illness in chicken and turkey.

May 3, 2016

 

eggs

Egg Prices Falling Faster Than Expected

Egg prices spiked in the wake of avian flu, but the USDA now expects retail egg prices to fall 9 to 10 percent this year compared to the average 2015 price.

May 3, 2016

 

eggs

Commodity Promotion Programs Try To Hide Their Emails

Federal programs that collect money from farmers to promote pork, beef and eggs are under attack. They now want to exempt their documents from FOIA.

May 4, 2016

 

school lunch tray

Why Congress May Back Off New School Lunch Standards

The School Nutrition Association wants more flexibility in the nutrition rules to keep more kids buying lunch. It appears lawmakers are listening.

May 4, 2016

 

morels growing in the woods

Hunting Morel Mushrooms: Q&A With Annie Corrigan

We have tips and tricks for finding morel mushrooms, but don't delay. The season is almost over!

May 5, 2016

 

beet, pear, fennel salad

Beets, From Seed To Salad

Here's a primer for growing beets, roasting beets and serving them in a salad.

May 5, 2016

 

turkeys in poultry barn

Final Dubois Co. Quarantine Lifted After Avian Flu Outbreak

The lifting of the quarantine means Dubois County has been avian-flu free for 90 days.

May 5, 2016

 

Cheese

Cheese: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Good for your taste buds, bad for the economy: U.S. has its largest cheese surplus in over 30 years.

May 5, 2016

 

A sign warns park visitors about recent glyphosate spraying in a New York City park

EPA Yanks Report Saying Glyphosate Is Not A Cancer Risk

The EPA says it was not ready to post a report that appeared on its website last week declaring weedkiller glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer in humans.

May 9, 2016

 

Jutta Kuss/fStop/Getty Images

What Is ‘Natural’ Food?

Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.

May 10, 2016

 

rattlesnake

Rattlesnake Roundups Corner Venomous Prey

Over 2,000 rattlesnakes went through the roundup in Okeene, Oklahoma this year, but none left alive. A buyer purchases the reptiles for their hides and meat.

May 10, 2016

 

gardener's breakfast salad with poached eggs

Practice Your Poaching With This Gardener’s Breakfast

It’s not quite tomato season yet, but keep this recipe in your back pocket. Cherry tomatoes will start popping up before you know it.

May 11, 2016

 

cow mooing

Why Do Cows Moo?

Researchers have measured the acoustics and frequency in cows’ moos to understand the behavior each type of communication is associated with.

May 11, 2016

 

Cows in stalls

White County CAFO Rule Would Be First Of Its Kind In Indiana

The rule would be the first in the state to designate a mandatory distance between confined animal feeding operations and waterways.

May 11, 2016

 

chicken workers at poultry plant

Report: Poultry Plant Workers Face Grim Working Conditions

Oxfam’s report paints the picture of a widespread problem, where basic worker needs are denied in service of producing vast amounts of cheap, processed chicken.

May 11, 2016

 

Soda

Philly Soda Tax Campaign Finds Friend In Bloomberg

Former New York City Michael Bloomberg is pledging his money and support for the proposed Philadelphia soda tax.

May 12, 2016

 

boxes of Kind Bars

FDA Is Re-Evaluating The Nutty Definition Of ‘Healthy’ Food

Under current rules, foods containing more than 3 grams of fat per serving can't call themselves "healthy" on labels.

May 12, 2016

 

Recycling receptacles line a curb in South Korea

South Korea Curbs Food Waste With Hi-Tech Tracking

South Korea’s RFID garbage metering system has reduced food waste by hundreds of thousands of tons over the last few years.

May 12, 2016

 

bulgur wheat salad

Bulgur Salad With All The Fixin’s

Learn how to cook bulgur, also called cracked wheat. Then throw together a salad with bulgur, cucumber, tofu, sunflower seeds and fresh herbs.

May 12, 2016

 

Mirangue made from legume water decorates a vegan lemon pie

Chickpea Meringues Sweeten Vegan Plates

An Indiana software engineer has whipped up a frothy vegan alternative to egg whites.

May 13, 2016

 

salted radishes

Rooftop Radish Pickles

Hands up if your garden is producing more radishes than you know what to do with. This pickle recipe is here to help.

May 15, 2016

 

meat

Minnesota Team Grows Faster, Less Expensive Lab Meat

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota created a lab-grown meatball with $18,000 in under 21 days.

May 16, 2016

 

1950s poster from the National Dairy Council.

Maybe Skipping The Morning Meal Isn’t So Bad

Dogma has long held that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but emerging science suggests what you eat matters more than when you eat it.

May 16, 2016

 

Pascal Baudar

Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wild Flavors Of Los Angeles

For Pascal Baudar, LA is a treasure trove of edible plants and insects that he uses in unusual culinary creations.

May 17, 2016

 

firefighter near burning field

Drones May Help Keep Ranchers Safer During Burn Season

Researchers in Nebraska are designing a new drone to start fires, which may help protect people while encouraging agricultural productivity.

May 17, 2016

 

school lunch line

Why Free School Lunches Might Be Harder To Get Soon

If the bill is passed, 120 Indiana schools with about 60,000 students would no longer be eligible to participate in the federal school lunch program.

May 17, 2016

 

eggs-cheese-tomatoes

Breakfast Bake Of Eggs, Cheese, Tomatoes And Greens

This dish will look like a crustless pizza when it comes out of the oven. The cheese curds and eggs create a base for the tomatoes and greens.

May 17, 2016

 

Worker Javier Alcantar tends to corn crops

GMOs Are Safe, But Don’t Always Deliver On Promises (Report)

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.

May 18, 2016

 

school kitchen

Many Schools Short On Equipment For Making Healthy Meals

In the absence of equipment for making their own meals from scratch, schools rely on large manufacturers to provide them pre-made.

May 19, 2016

 

bees on honeycomb

Buzzkill: Surveys Say Bee Colonies Continue To Decline

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service survey, varroa mites were the top colony stressor for beekeeping operations with five or more colonies.

May 19, 2016

 

A box of Rice Krispies carries a 'gluten free' label on a supermarket shelf

Doctor: Don’t Make Your Kids Go Gluten-Free

A pediatrician is warning that parents should not put children on a gluten free diet unless they really need it.

May 23, 2016

 

Liz Carlisle's Lentil Underground

Coastal Foodies And Montana Farmers Meet Over Lentils

Liz Carlisle's "Lentil Underground" tells the story of the changing ag landscape in Montana, but the lessons are applicable to farmers and consumers everywhere.

May 23, 2016

 

tenderized meat package

New Labels Warn Tender Steak Could Be A Little Dangerous

Mechanically tenderized meat has a greater chance of being contaminated and making you sick.

May 23, 2016

 

food labels

An ‘Added Sugar’ Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food

The Food and Drug Administration has brushed aside industry objections and will require food labels to disclose how much sugar has been added to packaged food.

May 24, 2016

 

monarch butterflies

To Save The Monarch Butterfly, Many Are Turning To Milkweed

Milkweed is the literal lifeblood for the monarch caterpillars, serving as the insect’s sole food source early in their life cycle.

May 26, 2016

 

Bayer

Monsanto Says No To $62 Billion Bayer Buyout

The agrochemical giant rejected Bayer's offer, but says it's open to further negotiations with the German pharmaceutical company.

May 26, 2016

 

Frozen vegetables line a supermarket freezer.

Food Recalls Expand Amid Listeria Outbreak

Another outbreak of listeria has caused a recall to expand to include 360 frozen foods under more than 42 brand names.

May 26, 2016

 

Ryan-Bristle

Farmers Get Creative, Frugal To Stay Afloat In Tough Times

Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.

May 2, 2016

 

lentils in a pot with seasonings

Kitchen Basics: Lentils

You're never too busy to throw on a pot of lentils. Here's how to cook dinner in under 20 minutes.

May 5, 2016

 

beet, pear, fennel salad

Beets, From Seed To Salad

Here's a primer for growing beets, roasting beets and serving them in a salad.

May 10, 2016

 

gardener's breakfast salad with poached eggs

Practice Your Poaching With This Gardener’s Breakfast

It’s not quite tomato season yet, but keep this recipe in your back pocket. Cherry tomatoes will start popping up before you know it.

May 12, 2016

 

bulgur wheat salad

Bulgur Salad With All The Fixin’s

Learn how to cook bulgur, also called cracked wheat. Then throw together a salad with bulgur, cucumber, tofu, sunflower seeds and fresh herbs.

May 13, 2016

 

salted radishes

Rooftop Radish Pickles

Hands up if your garden is producing more radishes than you know what to do with. This pickle recipe is here to help.

May 17, 2016

 

eggs-cheese-tomatoes

Breakfast Bake Of Eggs, Cheese, Tomatoes And Greens

This dish will look like a crustless pizza when it comes out of the oven. The cheese curds and eggs create a base for the tomatoes and greens.

May 2, 2016

 

Chipotle

Chipotle Reports First Ever Profit Losses

The company's quarterly profits are down nearly 30 percent, despite efforts to win back consumers with free burritos.

May 3, 2016

 

packages of chicken

FDA Says Lower Salmonella Rates ‘Encouraging’

The FDA study is part of a larger government effort to reduce the persistently high rates of the food-borne illness in chicken and turkey.

May 3, 2016

 

eggs

Egg Prices Falling Faster Than Expected

Egg prices spiked in the wake of avian flu, but the USDA now expects retail egg prices to fall 9 to 10 percent this year compared to the average 2015 price.

May 3, 2016

 

eggs

Commodity Promotion Programs Try To Hide Their Emails

Federal programs that collect money from farmers to promote pork, beef and eggs are under attack. They now want to exempt their documents from FOIA.

May 4, 2016

 

school lunch tray

Why Congress May Back Off New School Lunch Standards

The School Nutrition Association wants more flexibility in the nutrition rules to keep more kids buying lunch. It appears lawmakers are listening.

May 4, 2016

 

morels growing in the woods

Hunting Morel Mushrooms: Q&A With Annie Corrigan

We have tips and tricks for finding morel mushrooms, but don't delay. The season is almost over!

May 5, 2016

 

turkeys in poultry barn

Final Dubois Co. Quarantine Lifted After Avian Flu Outbreak

The lifting of the quarantine means Dubois County has been avian-flu free for 90 days.

May 5, 2016

 

Cheese

Cheese: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Good for your taste buds, bad for the economy: U.S. has its largest cheese surplus in over 30 years.

May 5, 2016

 

A sign warns park visitors about recent glyphosate spraying in a New York City park

EPA Yanks Report Saying Glyphosate Is Not A Cancer Risk

The EPA says it was not ready to post a report that appeared on its website last week declaring weedkiller glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer in humans.

May 9, 2016

 

Jutta Kuss/fStop/Getty Images

What Is ‘Natural’ Food?

Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.

May 10, 2016

 

rattlesnake

Rattlesnake Roundups Corner Venomous Prey

Over 2,000 rattlesnakes went through the roundup in Okeene, Oklahoma this year, but none left alive. A buyer purchases the reptiles for their hides and meat.

May 11, 2016

 

cow mooing

Why Do Cows Moo?

Researchers have measured the acoustics and frequency in cows’ moos to understand the behavior each type of communication is associated with.

May 11, 2016

 

Cows in stalls

White County CAFO Rule Would Be First Of Its Kind In Indiana

The rule would be the first in the state to designate a mandatory distance between confined animal feeding operations and waterways.

May 11, 2016

 

chicken workers at poultry plant

Report: Poultry Plant Workers Face Grim Working Conditions

Oxfam’s report paints the picture of a widespread problem, where basic worker needs are denied in service of producing vast amounts of cheap, processed chicken.

May 11, 2016

 

Soda

Philly Soda Tax Campaign Finds Friend In Bloomberg

Former New York City Michael Bloomberg is pledging his money and support for the proposed Philadelphia soda tax.

May 12, 2016

 

boxes of Kind Bars

FDA Is Re-Evaluating The Nutty Definition Of ‘Healthy’ Food

Under current rules, foods containing more than 3 grams of fat per serving can't call themselves "healthy" on labels.

May 12, 2016

 

Recycling receptacles line a curb in South Korea

South Korea Curbs Food Waste With Hi-Tech Tracking

South Korea’s RFID garbage metering system has reduced food waste by hundreds of thousands of tons over the last few years.

May 12, 2016

 

Mirangue made from legume water decorates a vegan lemon pie

Chickpea Meringues Sweeten Vegan Plates

An Indiana software engineer has whipped up a frothy vegan alternative to egg whites.

May 15, 2016

 

meat

Minnesota Team Grows Faster, Less Expensive Lab Meat

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota created a lab-grown meatball with $18,000 in under 21 days.

May 16, 2016

 

1950s poster from the National Dairy Council.

Maybe Skipping The Morning Meal Isn’t So Bad

Dogma has long held that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but emerging science suggests what you eat matters more than when you eat it.

May 16, 2016

 

Pascal Baudar

Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wild Flavors Of Los Angeles

For Pascal Baudar, LA is a treasure trove of edible plants and insects that he uses in unusual culinary creations.

May 17, 2016

 

firefighter near burning field

Drones May Help Keep Ranchers Safer During Burn Season

Researchers in Nebraska are designing a new drone to start fires, which may help protect people while encouraging agricultural productivity.

May 17, 2016

 

school lunch line

Why Free School Lunches Might Be Harder To Get Soon

If the bill is passed, 120 Indiana schools with about 60,000 students would no longer be eligible to participate in the federal school lunch program.

May 17, 2016

 

Worker Javier Alcantar tends to corn crops

GMOs Are Safe, But Don’t Always Deliver On Promises (Report)

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.

May 18, 2016

 

school kitchen

Many Schools Short On Equipment For Making Healthy Meals

In the absence of equipment for making their own meals from scratch, schools rely on large manufacturers to provide them pre-made.

May 19, 2016

 

bees on honeycomb

Buzzkill: Surveys Say Bee Colonies Continue To Decline

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service survey, varroa mites were the top colony stressor for beekeeping operations with five or more colonies.

May 19, 2016

 

A box of Rice Krispies carries a 'gluten free' label on a supermarket shelf

Doctor: Don’t Make Your Kids Go Gluten-Free

A pediatrician is warning that parents should not put children on a gluten free diet unless they really need it.

May 23, 2016

 

tenderized meat package

New Labels Warn Tender Steak Could Be A Little Dangerous

Mechanically tenderized meat has a greater chance of being contaminated and making you sick.

May 23, 2016

 

food labels

An ‘Added Sugar’ Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food

The Food and Drug Administration has brushed aside industry objections and will require food labels to disclose how much sugar has been added to packaged food.

May 24, 2016

 

monarch butterflies

To Save The Monarch Butterfly, Many Are Turning To Milkweed

Milkweed is the literal lifeblood for the monarch caterpillars, serving as the insect’s sole food source early in their life cycle.

May 26, 2016

 

Bayer

Monsanto Says No To $62 Billion Bayer Buyout

The agrochemical giant rejected Bayer's offer, but says it's open to further negotiations with the German pharmaceutical company.

May 26, 2016

 

Frozen vegetables line a supermarket freezer.

Food Recalls Expand Amid Listeria Outbreak

Another outbreak of listeria has caused a recall to expand to include 360 frozen foods under more than 42 brand names.

May 26, 2016

 

Ryan-Bristle

Farmers Get Creative, Frugal To Stay Afloat In Tough Times

Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.

May 27, 2016

 

A package of cream cheese is stamped

Congress Tackles Murky Expiration Dates

In an effort to curb food waste, the U.S. Senate and House have introduced bills to standardize date labeling across the country.

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