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Archive for May 2017

May 5, 2017

 

ryan hines harvesting morel

Research, Not Luck, Brings Home The Morels

Ryan Hines spends spring days in southern Indiana woods hunting for morels. He tells us about the research that goes into finding the best spots for 'shrooms.

May 12, 2017

 

carp

The Misunderstood Carp

Anthropologist Ellen Ireland tells us the history behind our love/hate relationship with carp. Plus, simply cooked asparagus with vegan Caesar dressing.

May 19, 2017

 

yogurt in supermarket aisle

Marketing Yogurt To Men? Put Abs On The Package

In this week's show, food scholar Emily Contois discusses food and gender with Earth Eats' Megan Betz, and they examine some especially ‘dudely’ food packages.

May 26, 2017

 

marie shakespeare making scones

Scones, Best Baked With Friends

We hear stories of baked goods, from hobby to profession, from Marie Shakespeare and Lynn Schwartzbreg. We also make One World Catering's Apricot Almond Scones.

May 1, 2017

 

water tower and school bus

Kansas Town Anxiously Waits For Water Regulations To Change

Residents of Pretty Prairie, Kansas are concerned about how federal budget cuts might affect their ability to pay for a new water treatment system.

May 1, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Perdue: Trump Open To Immigrant Farm Workers Staying In U.S.

Ag Secretary Perdue says he’s hired a labor lawyer to help design the program that can help keep undocumented workers here, but remove criminals.

May 1, 2017

 

maple mousse

A Sure Sign Of Spring: Maple Syrup Mousse

This recipe is a no-bake dessert. I also love that it bypasses refined sugar altogether. The sweetness comes from the maple syrup and raisins.

May 2, 2017

 

Student Gabriela Cardenas, left, with instructor Marissa Velazquez

Some Rural Immigrants Take Steps Toward Citizenship

Immigrants choose to go through the naturalization process for many reasons, including gaining the right to vote and to rest easy about immigration status.

May 2, 2017

 

amaranth and corn flour, agave honey and amaranth cereal

Why Mexican Chefs, Farmers, Activists Are Reviving Amaranth

The ancient grain is part of a movement to revive native crops and cuisines while restoring the health and economy of Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states.

May 3, 2017

 

avocados

California Is On Its Way To Having Avocado Crop Year-Round

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. California researchers are working to change that.

May 3, 2017

 

dairy cow

How Canadian Dairy Farmers Escape The Global Milk Glut

President Trump recently accused Canada of unfairly blocking imports of milk from the U.S. He was taking aim at a system that defiantly rejects the free market.

May 3, 2017

 

Rhubarb White Chocolate Muffins

Rhubarb White Chocolate Muffins

I’m going to be honest with you: these muffins are borderline cupcakes.

May 4, 2017

 

Bruce Barritt with apple tree

Washington Apple Growers Sink Their Teeth Into Cosmic Crisp

A new apple variety is on its way. It's called Cosmic Crisp, and farmers in Washington state are planting these trees by the millions.

May 5, 2017

 

Rosa Parks'

Rosa Parks’ Pancake Recipe Helps Us See Human Side Of A Hero

Parks jotted the recipe down on the back of an envelope. A Library of Congress curator says "this recipe is quintessentially African-American."

May 6, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Here’s What Sonny Perdue Said On Climate Change, Immigration

Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe sat down with the Secretary of Agriculture to talk about Trump Administration’s priorities for our food system.

May 7, 2017

 

Blintzes

Stirring The Pot: Aunt Lilly’s Cheese Blintzes

As I cut into a blintz and the sweet steam of the filling escapes, I revert to that child sitting in my mother’s kitchen.

May 7, 2017

 

organic milk cartons

Just How Organic Is Your Milk? It Depends On The Dairy

Is there a difference between organic milk bought in a grocery store and milk bought straight from farmers? Reporter Peter Whoriskey talks about his findings.

May 8, 2017

 

Insecticides

Watch: What Are Pesticides And How Are They Used?

Conflicting interpretations of scientific research have led various authorities to issue different levels of concern over pesticide use.

May 8, 2017

 

oranges from a pill bottle

This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines

The rising prevalence and cost of Type 2 diabetes has doctors at Geisinger Health System turning to food as a form of medicine.

May 9, 2017

 

drawing

Why Taste Buds Dull As We Age

You're born with roughly 9,000 taste buds, and they're very good at regenerating, but that can change as we age.

May 9, 2017

 

green tomato salad

Green Tomato Mint Salad

These young tomatoes are crisp, tangy and juicy with just a hint of sweetness. Add some mint and you have a refreshing green tomato mint salad.

May 9, 2017

 

chef daniel orr with asparagus

Asparagus, With Vegan Caesar Dressing On The Side

How about a new dipping sauce for simply cooked asparagus?

May 11, 2017

 

Barack Obama eats a peach

Barack Obama Gives Food Security Warning At Milan Summit

Former President Barack Obama called for big changes in agriculture and food policy to help curb climate change during a sustainability summit in Milan, Italy.

May 13, 2017

 

bananas foster pancakes

Bananas Foster Pancakes

I made a simple butterscotch sauce with butter, brown sugar and cream. Rum is the usual choice for Bananas Foster, but I love the flavor Armagnac adds.

May 14, 2017

 

Chicken Marrakesh

Stirring The Pot: A Bowl Of (Dried) Cherries

As I cooked this Chicken Marrakesh with friends, conversation segued into talk of restaurants, local gossip, yoga poses, former husbands and grandchildren.

May 15, 2017

 

training in beekeeping

New Kansas Farm Hopes To Cultivate A Future For Veterans

S.A.V.E. Farm stands for Service member Agricultural Vocation Education. It offers veterans the opportunity to learn the business of farming.

May 16, 2017

 

bunker pool

Apocalypse-Proof Bunkers On Great Plains Sell For $3 Million

The business of helping people prepare to survive the next big calamity has changed substantially in the age of President Donald Trump.

May 16, 2017

 

Michelle Obama

What Michelle Obama Thinks About Trump’s School Lunch Rules

The former first lady got fired up talking about the issues she championed during her eight years in the White House.

May 16, 2017

 

Cauliflower Tabbouleh With Toasted Hemp Seeds

Purple Cauliflower Tabbouleh

This is our take on cauliflower rice. Chef Daniel Orr combines it with citrus, onion and parsley for a gluten-free tabbouleh.

May 16, 2017

 

milk

Americans Are Drinking Less Cow’s Milk, Its Appeal Has Curdled

In the 1900s, nutritionists and dairy producers helped convince Americans that cow's milk was nature's perfect food. But the science and tastes have changed.

May 17, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue in Cincinnati

Plan To Shakeup USDA Worries Rural Advocates

The Trump White House proposed a 21 percent cut to USDA’s discretionary funding, and rural advocates are worried.

May 17, 2017

 

chicken

Chinese Chicken Is Headed To U.S. But It’s Really About Beef

The U.S. has given the green light for China to send cooked poultry to America. It's part of a trade deal that opens China's huge market to U.S. beef producers.

May 18, 2017

 

Puerto Rican sugar refinery

Puerto Rico Lost Its Home-Grown Food But Might Find It Again

A local food movement is taking root in Puerto Rico. Hopeful farmers are leasing long-abandoned land, but why was the land abandoned in the first place?

May 18, 2017

 

Palmer amaranth

Scientists Say Don’t Cut Costs On Weed Control

Farmers have a chance to prevent a newly-arrived threat from becoming a permanent fixture. It’s an aggressive weed that’s been devastating crops in the Midwest.

May 19, 2017

 

farm workers

Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year.

May 20, 2017

 

vegetables

Stirring The Pot: Vegetable Lasagna With Béchamel

Ah, spring! Shorts, tank tops, sandals… and vegetables. The arrival of fresh greens, deep reds, and sensual purples beg for creative juices to flow.

May 21, 2017

 

Author Michael Ruhlman

Grocery Stores: ‘The Best And Worst Of America’

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman explores how and why Americans have changed from corner-store customers to insatiable consumers of every edible product.

May 22, 2017

 

digital camera

Big Data Is Transforming How Breeders Create Better Seeds

The time-honored tradition of crossbreeding plants to get the best traits is no longer the primary way science is done. Now, we harness the power of Big Data.

May 22, 2017

 

A backyard chicken sits in its coup in Seattle

Backyard Chicken Movement Outfoxes Restrictions

As the ranks of backyard chicken enthusiasts grows across North America, municipalities are wrestling with ways to keep it safe and legal.

May 23, 2017

 

Cattle rancher Mike John

Farmers Looking For New Markets Worry They’re Losing Out On Trade

Even more disconcerting is news that Japan has pitched the idea of a mini-TPP, which would exclude the U.S. and lower tariffs among competitors.

May 23, 2017

 

Clostridium botulinum

Nacho Cheese Sauce Tainted With Botulism Kills California Man

An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.

May 23, 2017

 

barge

NAFTA Renegotiation Puts Agriculture Groups On Edge

While it’s difficult to pin a dollar figure on how NAFTA has directly affected farmers and ranchers in the U.S., it has opened up markets for certain products.

May 24, 2017

 

tractor in a field

Congress And Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers.

May 25, 2017

 

Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, Food Donations Aren’t

Pantries in southwest Virginia will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

May 1, 2017

 

maple mousse

A Sure Sign Of Spring: Maple Syrup Mousse

This recipe is a no-bake dessert. I also love that it bypasses refined sugar altogether. The sweetness comes from the maple syrup and raisins.

May 3, 2017

 

Rhubarb White Chocolate Muffins

Rhubarb White Chocolate Muffins

I’m going to be honest with you: these muffins are borderline cupcakes.

May 7, 2017

 

Blintzes

Stirring The Pot: Aunt Lilly’s Cheese Blintzes

As I cut into a blintz and the sweet steam of the filling escapes, I revert to that child sitting in my mother’s kitchen.

May 9, 2017

 

green tomato salad

Green Tomato Mint Salad

These young tomatoes are crisp, tangy and juicy with just a hint of sweetness. Add some mint and you have a refreshing green tomato mint salad.

May 9, 2017

 

chef daniel orr with asparagus

Asparagus, With Vegan Caesar Dressing On The Side

How about a new dipping sauce for simply cooked asparagus?

May 13, 2017

 

bananas foster pancakes

Bananas Foster Pancakes

I made a simple butterscotch sauce with butter, brown sugar and cream. Rum is the usual choice for Bananas Foster, but I love the flavor Armagnac adds.

May 14, 2017

 

Chicken Marrakesh

Stirring The Pot: A Bowl Of (Dried) Cherries

As I cooked this Chicken Marrakesh with friends, conversation segued into talk of restaurants, local gossip, yoga poses, former husbands and grandchildren.

May 16, 2017

 

Cauliflower Tabbouleh With Toasted Hemp Seeds

Purple Cauliflower Tabbouleh

This is our take on cauliflower rice. Chef Daniel Orr combines it with citrus, onion and parsley for a gluten-free tabbouleh.

May 20, 2017

 

vegetables

Stirring The Pot: Vegetable Lasagna With Béchamel

Ah, spring! Shorts, tank tops, sandals… and vegetables. The arrival of fresh greens, deep reds, and sensual purples beg for creative juices to flow.

May 26, 2017

 

apricot almond mini scones

Apricot Almond Scones

These scones have some of the same characteristics of croissants -- layered, flaky and buttery -- but they're much easier to make.

May 1, 2017

 

water tower and school bus

Kansas Town Anxiously Waits For Water Regulations To Change

Residents of Pretty Prairie, Kansas are concerned about how federal budget cuts might affect their ability to pay for a new water treatment system.

May 1, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Perdue: Trump Open To Immigrant Farm Workers Staying In U.S.

Ag Secretary Perdue says he’s hired a labor lawyer to help design the program that can help keep undocumented workers here, but remove criminals.

May 2, 2017

 

Student Gabriela Cardenas, left, with instructor Marissa Velazquez

Some Rural Immigrants Take Steps Toward Citizenship

Immigrants choose to go through the naturalization process for many reasons, including gaining the right to vote and to rest easy about immigration status.

May 3, 2017

 

avocados

California Is On Its Way To Having Avocado Crop Year-Round

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. California researchers are working to change that.

May 3, 2017

 

dairy cow

How Canadian Dairy Farmers Escape The Global Milk Glut

President Trump recently accused Canada of unfairly blocking imports of milk from the U.S. He was taking aim at a system that defiantly rejects the free market.

May 4, 2017

 

Bruce Barritt with apple tree

Washington Apple Growers Sink Their Teeth Into Cosmic Crisp

A new apple variety is on its way. It's called Cosmic Crisp, and farmers in Washington state are planting these trees by the millions.

May 4, 2017

 

A Burger King sign displays calorie counts

White House Kicks Calorie Count Labels To Next Year

The FDA has put off a rule requiring calorie counts on menus at big food chains until May next year.

May 5, 2017

 

Rosa Parks'

Rosa Parks’ Pancake Recipe Helps Us See Human Side Of A Hero

Parks jotted the recipe down on the back of an envelope. A Library of Congress curator says "this recipe is quintessentially African-American."

May 6, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Here’s What Sonny Perdue Said On Climate Change, Immigration

Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe sat down with the Secretary of Agriculture to talk about Trump Administration’s priorities for our food system.

May 7, 2017

 

organic milk cartons

Just How Organic Is Your Milk? It Depends On The Dairy

Is there a difference between organic milk bought in a grocery store and milk bought straight from farmers? Reporter Peter Whoriskey talks about his findings.

May 8, 2017

 

Insecticides

Watch: What Are Pesticides And How Are They Used?

Conflicting interpretations of scientific research have led various authorities to issue different levels of concern over pesticide use.

May 8, 2017

 

oranges from a pill bottle

This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines

The rising prevalence and cost of Type 2 diabetes has doctors at Geisinger Health System turning to food as a form of medicine.

May 11, 2017

 

Barack Obama eats a peach

Barack Obama Gives Food Security Warning At Milan Summit

Former President Barack Obama called for big changes in agriculture and food policy to help curb climate change during a sustainability summit in Milan, Italy.

May 15, 2017

 

training in beekeeping

New Kansas Farm Hopes To Cultivate A Future For Veterans

S.A.V.E. Farm stands for Service member Agricultural Vocation Education. It offers veterans the opportunity to learn the business of farming.

May 16, 2017

 

bunker pool

Apocalypse-Proof Bunkers On Great Plains Sell For $3 Million

The business of helping people prepare to survive the next big calamity has changed substantially in the age of President Donald Trump.

May 16, 2017

 

Michelle Obama

What Michelle Obama Thinks About Trump’s School Lunch Rules

The former first lady got fired up talking about the issues she championed during her eight years in the White House.

May 16, 2017

 

milk

Americans Are Drinking Less Cow’s Milk, Its Appeal Has Curdled

In the 1900s, nutritionists and dairy producers helped convince Americans that cow's milk was nature's perfect food. But the science and tastes have changed.

May 17, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue in Cincinnati

Plan To Shakeup USDA Worries Rural Advocates

The Trump White House proposed a 21 percent cut to USDA’s discretionary funding, and rural advocates are worried.

May 17, 2017

 

chicken

Chinese Chicken Is Headed To U.S. But It’s Really About Beef

The U.S. has given the green light for China to send cooked poultry to America. It's part of a trade deal that opens China's huge market to U.S. beef producers.

May 18, 2017

 

Puerto Rican sugar refinery

Puerto Rico Lost Its Home-Grown Food But Might Find It Again

A local food movement is taking root in Puerto Rico. Hopeful farmers are leasing long-abandoned land, but why was the land abandoned in the first place?

May 18, 2017

 

Palmer amaranth

Scientists Say Don’t Cut Costs On Weed Control

Farmers have a chance to prevent a newly-arrived threat from becoming a permanent fixture. It’s an aggressive weed that’s been devastating crops in the Midwest.

May 19, 2017

 

farm workers

Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year.

May 21, 2017

 

Author Michael Ruhlman

Grocery Stores: ‘The Best And Worst Of America’

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman explores how and why Americans have changed from corner-store customers to insatiable consumers of every edible product.

May 22, 2017

 

digital camera

Big Data Is Transforming How Breeders Create Better Seeds

The time-honored tradition of crossbreeding plants to get the best traits is no longer the primary way science is done. Now, we harness the power of Big Data.

May 22, 2017

 

A backyard chicken sits in its coup in Seattle

Backyard Chicken Movement Outfoxes Restrictions

As the ranks of backyard chicken enthusiasts grows across North America, municipalities are wrestling with ways to keep it safe and legal.

May 23, 2017

 

Cattle rancher Mike John

Farmers Looking For New Markets Worry They’re Losing Out On Trade

Even more disconcerting is news that Japan has pitched the idea of a mini-TPP, which would exclude the U.S. and lower tariffs among competitors.

May 23, 2017

 

Clostridium botulinum

Nacho Cheese Sauce Tainted With Botulism Kills California Man

An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.

May 23, 2017

 

barge

NAFTA Renegotiation Puts Agriculture Groups On Edge

While it’s difficult to pin a dollar figure on how NAFTA has directly affected farmers and ranchers in the U.S., it has opened up markets for certain products.

May 24, 2017

 

tractor in a field

Congress And Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers.

May 25, 2017

 

Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, Food Donations Aren’t

Pantries in southwest Virginia will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

May 25, 2017

 

grocery store sign

Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs

Some 55 percent of families with kids on SNAP have jobs — they just don't earn enough to live on.

May 26, 2017

 

A man walks toward the entrance to the seed vault

Global Seed Vault Totally OK But Not OK

Record high temperatures and rainfall last year caused unusually large leaks in a global backup system meant to protect against climate change.

May 28, 2017

 

cloud eggs

Cloud Eggs: The Latest Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago. They're a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

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