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Archive for September 2016

September 2, 2016

 

Jon Kay holds his great-great grandmother's oak-rod basket

Why Indiana Farmers Stopped Making Oak Rod Baskets

On today's program, Jon Kay tries to explain why the craft of making oak rod baskets has mostly faded away. And, we saute and deep fry green beans.

September 8, 2016

 

persimmons

The Persimmons Are Falling!

Louise Briggs has a love/hate relationship with her 60-foot persimmon tree. We visit the crew of locals who are helping to put the fruit to good use.

September 16, 2016

 

certified humane label on eggs

Examining The Lives Of Farm Animals

Today, two perspectives on the lives of farm animals. What's behind the label "certified humane?" And, meet the rescued farm animals of Uplands Peak Sanctuary.

September 23, 2016

 

rural scene

Why Nutrient Runoff From Farms Is So Hard To Control

On this week's show, Harvest Public Media kicks off its series about water contamination, and Daniel Orr describes the most basic way to pickle vegetables.

September 29, 2016

 

challah

A Little Light Baking, With Challah And Paw Paw Bread

Preheat your ovens! Muddy Fork bakes challah and Daniel Orr bakes paw paw bread. Then we meet farmers who are trying to tackle nitrate pollution in groundwater.

September 1, 2016

 

sheep eating sprouts

Water In Short Supply, California Ranchers Grow Feed Indoors

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed for sheep indoors using hydroponics.

September 1, 2016

 

Mussels

Study: Mussels Disappearing From New England Waters

Last week, thousands of dead mussels washed up on the shore of Long Island.

September 1, 2016

 

cattle feeding

USDA: New Non-GMO Label Rules for Poultry, Beef Products

The federal agency says beef and poultry products may now be labeled as "non-GMO."

September 2, 2016

 

cocoa beans

Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health?

September 5, 2016

 

Flambeed Pear Pecan Caramel Sauce

Flambéed Pears And Pecans For Dessert

This recipe was my first attempt at flambé. It was a perfect way to prepare some underripe pears.

September 6, 2016

 

Gary Wenig in his high tunnel

Farmers Look To Chickens And Bugs As Natural Pesticides

Researchers are looking at ways to combat pests by introducing predatory bugs, but there is danger in introducing a new species to an ecosystem.

September 6, 2016

 

machines spraying pesticides

How GMOs Cut Pesticide Use, And Perhaps Boosted It Again

Genetically modified crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.

September 6, 2016

 

three kids with allergy wristbands

For These Kids, Food Allergies Lead To Struggle, Opportunity

Reporter Alexis Daily speaks with kids with food allergies about looking on the bright side of an inconvenient situation.

September 6, 2016

 

Rich Mort is a farmer in Pendleton, Indiana.

Air Quality Control Creates Unintended Consequence For Crops

An effort to decrease air pollution is impacting the food on our plate. Now, agriculture experts and farmers are using different practices to find a solution.

September 7, 2016

 

bucket of hops

Midwest Farmers Brew Up Hops For Local Craft Beer

There are several reasons why getting a start in commercial hop growing can be daunting, from expensive start-up costs to intensive labor demands.

September 8, 2016

 

seaweed farming

U.N.: Seaweed Production Needs More Regulations

A new report from the U.N. shows little regulation of the seaweed industry and growing concern for the spread of diseases that can disrupt ecological balance.

September 8, 2016

 

Bayer

Monsanto Rejects New Bayer Bid, Talks “Nearing Consensus”

The German pharmaceutical and crop chemical company’s most recent offer to acquire Monsanto was $65 million, a 2 percent increase on its previous offer.

September 9, 2016

 

handing over food

Big Drop In Number Of Hungry U.S. Kids Last Year (USDA)

The government says the number of hungry U.S. kids has dropped to the lowest level since before the Great Recession.

September 12, 2016

 

Dungeness Crabs wriggle in a crab pot

California Crabbers Hope For Better Season

Toxic algae blooms put a pinch on this year's Dungeness crab harvest in California, but signs say the fishery could bounce back this year.

September 13, 2016

 

bee on a flower

Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonics, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees.

September 14, 2016

 

Beer Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream

The beer and vanilla bean complement each other nicely so that you get just a hint of ale flavor at the end of each spoonful of ice cream.

September 15, 2016

 

Bayer

Monsanto Accepts $66 Billion Bayer Offer

Together, Bayer and Monsanto will create the largest crop supply company in the world.

September 15, 2016

 

soda and sugar cubes

The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

A new study reveals the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape opinion on how sugar affects health. Today, companies continue to fund nutrition studies.

September 15, 2016

 

A USDA microbiologist adds reagents to test for E. coli in Athens, Georgia.

Food Safety Rules Slowly Paying Off

Despite food recalls and disease outbreaks frequently making headlines, data is showing that cases of foodborne illness are slowly declining.

September 16, 2016

 

UC Davis students

STEM To Steam: Coffee Is Perking Up Engineering Education

At the University of California, Davis, it's now the focus of the most popular elective class on campus and of an ambitious new research center.

September 16, 2016

 

table setting

How Teens Cope With Food Insecurity

Many kids rely on school for food their families can't afford. Two reports suggest one group is falling through the cracks: teens.

September 16, 2016

 

carton of eggs with labels

Organic Industry Wants To Define Humanely Raised Meat

Organic animal welfare standards are expected to be finalized by year's end. It could clear up some questions for consumers but leave division behind the plate.

September 16, 2016

 

epipens

The Cost Of Living With Food Allergies

Stephanie Montgomery and her son both have food allergies. When she refills the prescription for her family's EpiPens, the trip may cost her well over $600.

September 18, 2016

 

berlin restaurant

Can You Get Everything You Need From A Vegan Diet?

Berlin has become a vegan mecca, but now Germany's nutritionists warn that a vegan diet can't provide all a body needs.

September 19, 2016

 

A street cart sells halal food to customers in New York

Halal Food Sales Growing in U.S.

Demand for halal food has increased in recent years, reaching $1.9 billion between August 2015 and August 2016.

September 20, 2016

 

tractor in a corn field

EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Doesn’t Cause Cancer

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the country's most widely used weedkiller, glyphosate, does not cause cancer.

September 20, 2016

 

headwaters of the South Platte River

How Are Nitrates Ending Up In Drinking Water Supplies?

Crop farms and livestock operations are the biggest contributors to nutrient problems in the Gulf of Mexico

September 20, 2016

 

zucchini noodles and meatballs

Hold The Pasta, Make Zoodles Instead

I’m not going to tell you zucchini noodles are just as good as regular pasta because that would be a lie. They’re delicious but in a different way.

September 21, 2016

 

Monsanto chief technology officer Robb Fraley

Senate Committee Hears Both Sides On Proposed Ag Company Mergers

Supporters and opponents of several proposed mergers among agricultural seed and chemical companies are making their case to lawmakers in Washington.

September 22, 2016

 

MRSA

Study: MRSA Transmitted Through Poultry Consumption

George Washington University researchers say they found a new strain of MRSA transmitted to people through consumption of infected poultry.

September 23, 2016

 

pumpkin-sage-fettuccine

Creamy Pumpkin Sage Fettuccine

Pasta is surprisingly easy to make at home and such a delight to prepare. Plus the flavor and texture of fresh noodles is incomparable.

September 26, 2016

 

Chickens participate in a program to improve organic standards

Top Fast Food Chains Using Less Meat Raised With Antibiotics

A consortium of consumer, health and environment groups has ranked 25 fast food chains for transparency and their use of meat raised with antibiotics.

September 26, 2016

 

Corn rootworm beetle larvae feed on maize root and seed.

Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.

September 26, 2016

 

corn

In The Face Of Uncertain Future, Ag Industry Titans Pair Up

The prospect of fewer, larger companies controlling so much of the basic food supply is giving some farmers and anti-trust advocates heartburn.

September 27, 2016

 

A patch of rye planted as a cover crop

Farmers Feel Pressure To Fight Agricultural Water Pollution

Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.

September 28, 2016

 

growing places indy

Bill Would Extend Farm Safety Net To Urban Growers

A Michigan senator is introducing legislation that would let urban farmers access the traditional agricultural safety net.

September 28, 2016

 

Courtesy of Hudson Gardens

Beekeepers Benefit From The Hive Mind In Community Apiaries

Modeled after community gardens, the sweet setups allow beekeepers to maintain hives in public spaces.

September 29, 2016

 

Rain falls on a McDonald's restaurant.

LA Teachers Join Call To End ‘McTeacher Nights’

A teacher’s union in Los Angeles has added to the list of educators who want to stop school fundraisers at McDonalds.

September 30, 2016

 

paw paw bread and butter

Midwestern Paw Paw Quick Bread

It's Indiana Banana season! Think of this recipe like a banana bread with paw paws instead.

September 14, 2016

 

Beer Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream

The beer and vanilla bean complement each other nicely so that you get just a hint of ale flavor at the end of each spoonful of ice cream.

September 20, 2016

 

zucchini noodles and meatballs

Hold The Pasta, Make Zoodles Instead

I’m not going to tell you zucchini noodles are just as good as regular pasta because that would be a lie. They’re delicious but in a different way.

September 23, 2016

 

pumpkin-sage-fettuccine

Creamy Pumpkin Sage Fettuccine

Pasta is surprisingly easy to make at home and such a delight to prepare. Plus the flavor and texture of fresh noodles is incomparable.

September 30, 2016

 

paw paw bread and butter

Midwestern Paw Paw Quick Bread

It's Indiana Banana season! Think of this recipe like a banana bread with paw paws instead.

September 1, 2016

 

sheep eating sprouts

Water In Short Supply, California Ranchers Grow Feed Indoors

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed for sheep indoors using hydroponics.

September 1, 2016

 

Mussels

Study: Mussels Disappearing From New England Waters

Last week, thousands of dead mussels washed up on the shore of Long Island.

September 1, 2016

 

cattle feeding

USDA: New Non-GMO Label Rules for Poultry, Beef Products

The federal agency says beef and poultry products may now be labeled as "non-GMO."

September 2, 2016

 

cocoa beans

Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health?

September 6, 2016

 

Gary Wenig in his high tunnel

Farmers Look To Chickens And Bugs As Natural Pesticides

Researchers are looking at ways to combat pests by introducing predatory bugs, but there is danger in introducing a new species to an ecosystem.

September 6, 2016

 

machines spraying pesticides

How GMOs Cut Pesticide Use, And Perhaps Boosted It Again

Genetically modified crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.

September 6, 2016

 

Rich Mort is a farmer in Pendleton, Indiana.

Air Quality Control Creates Unintended Consequence For Crops

An effort to decrease air pollution is impacting the food on our plate. Now, agriculture experts and farmers are using different practices to find a solution.

September 7, 2016

 

bucket of hops

Midwest Farmers Brew Up Hops For Local Craft Beer

There are several reasons why getting a start in commercial hop growing can be daunting, from expensive start-up costs to intensive labor demands.

September 8, 2016

 

seaweed farming

U.N.: Seaweed Production Needs More Regulations

A new report from the U.N. shows little regulation of the seaweed industry and growing concern for the spread of diseases that can disrupt ecological balance.

September 8, 2016

 

Bayer

Monsanto Rejects New Bayer Bid, Talks “Nearing Consensus”

The German pharmaceutical and crop chemical company’s most recent offer to acquire Monsanto was $65 million, a 2 percent increase on its previous offer.

September 9, 2016

 

handing over food

Big Drop In Number Of Hungry U.S. Kids Last Year (USDA)

The government says the number of hungry U.S. kids has dropped to the lowest level since before the Great Recession.

September 12, 2016

 

Dungeness Crabs wriggle in a crab pot

California Crabbers Hope For Better Season

Toxic algae blooms put a pinch on this year's Dungeness crab harvest in California, but signs say the fishery could bounce back this year.

September 13, 2016

 

bee on a flower

Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonics, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees.

September 15, 2016

 

Bayer

Monsanto Accepts $66 Billion Bayer Offer

Together, Bayer and Monsanto will create the largest crop supply company in the world.

September 15, 2016

 

A USDA microbiologist adds reagents to test for E. coli in Athens, Georgia.

Food Safety Rules Slowly Paying Off

Despite food recalls and disease outbreaks frequently making headlines, data is showing that cases of foodborne illness are slowly declining.

September 16, 2016

 

UC Davis students

STEM To Steam: Coffee Is Perking Up Engineering Education

At the University of California, Davis, it's now the focus of the most popular elective class on campus and of an ambitious new research center.

September 16, 2016

 

table setting

How Teens Cope With Food Insecurity

Many kids rely on school for food their families can't afford. Two reports suggest one group is falling through the cracks: teens.

September 16, 2016

 

carton of eggs with labels

Organic Industry Wants To Define Humanely Raised Meat

Organic animal welfare standards are expected to be finalized by year's end. It could clear up some questions for consumers but leave division behind the plate.

September 18, 2016

 

berlin restaurant

Can You Get Everything You Need From A Vegan Diet?

Berlin has become a vegan mecca, but now Germany's nutritionists warn that a vegan diet can't provide all a body needs.

September 19, 2016

 

A street cart sells halal food to customers in New York

Halal Food Sales Growing in U.S.

Demand for halal food has increased in recent years, reaching $1.9 billion between August 2015 and August 2016.

September 20, 2016

 

tractor in a corn field

EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Doesn’t Cause Cancer

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the country's most widely used weedkiller, glyphosate, does not cause cancer.

September 20, 2016

 

headwaters of the South Platte River

How Are Nitrates Ending Up In Drinking Water Supplies?

Crop farms and livestock operations are the biggest contributors to nutrient problems in the Gulf of Mexico

September 21, 2016

 

Monsanto chief technology officer Robb Fraley

Senate Committee Hears Both Sides On Proposed Ag Company Mergers

Supporters and opponents of several proposed mergers among agricultural seed and chemical companies are making their case to lawmakers in Washington.

September 22, 2016

 

MRSA

Study: MRSA Transmitted Through Poultry Consumption

George Washington University researchers say they found a new strain of MRSA transmitted to people through consumption of infected poultry.

September 26, 2016

 

Chickens participate in a program to improve organic standards

Top Fast Food Chains Using Less Meat Raised With Antibiotics

A consortium of consumer, health and environment groups has ranked 25 fast food chains for transparency and their use of meat raised with antibiotics.

September 26, 2016

 

Corn rootworm beetle larvae feed on maize root and seed.

Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.

September 26, 2016

 

corn

In The Face Of Uncertain Future, Ag Industry Titans Pair Up

The prospect of fewer, larger companies controlling so much of the basic food supply is giving some farmers and anti-trust advocates heartburn.

September 27, 2016

 

A patch of rye planted as a cover crop

Farmers Feel Pressure To Fight Agricultural Water Pollution

Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.

September 28, 2016

 

growing places indy

Bill Would Extend Farm Safety Net To Urban Growers

A Michigan senator is introducing legislation that would let urban farmers access the traditional agricultural safety net.

September 28, 2016

 

Courtesy of Hudson Gardens

Beekeepers Benefit From The Hive Mind In Community Apiaries

Modeled after community gardens, the sweet setups allow beekeepers to maintain hives in public spaces.

September 29, 2016

 

Rain falls on a McDonald's restaurant.

LA Teachers Join Call To End ‘McTeacher Nights’

A teacher’s union in Los Angeles has added to the list of educators who want to stop school fundraisers at McDonalds.

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