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February 4, 2017

 

Jarrod May, brewing

No Hops In A Gruit. This Beer Has Ginger, Honey, Rosemary

Jarrod May brews with local ginger from farmer Candace Minster. Sales of plant milks are going up. Dairy farmers are on high alert. We go hunting for truffles.

February 10, 2017

 

vivian halloran

“The Immigrant Kitchen” Is Open To All

Author Vivian Halloran analyzed food memoirs for her book "Immigrant Kitchen." She tells her immigration story and unpacks the complicated idea of authenticity.

February 17, 2017

 

mushrooms

Cultivating New Business With Seaweed And Mushrooms

Kelp aquaculture gives New England fisheries new markets, and Alan Barker turned his hobby into the Brown County Fungus Farm.

February 1, 2017

 

Vishwesh Bhatt

How A Native Of India Became A Southern Cooking Star

These days, one of the south's best chefs is Vish Bhatt, a man born 9,000 miles away. And his Indian-inflected cuisine reflects a changing South.

February 1, 2017

 

Vegan Butter Chicken Recipe

No-Meat Butter Chicken

This dish is so close to the original, it just seemed wrong to call it a tomato and cauliflower curry.

February 2, 2017

 

Migrant workers

U.S.-Mexico Wall Will Cost Americans More For Food

Requiring Mexican growers to pay more for exporting their goods to the U.S. will only lead to higher prices for American consumers.

February 2, 2017

 

Roundup

California Judge OKs Roundup Cancer Label

California will be the first state to label the controversial chemical glyphosate, declared safe by the EPA, and "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the IARC.

February 2, 2017

 

Andrew Puzder looks on at FreedomFest last year at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Groups Call For Senate To Oppose Labor Secretary Pick

A coalition of food, farm and labor organizations wants the US Senate to block President Trump’s fast-food CEO choice for Secretary of Labor.

February 2, 2017

 

Packaged meat is displayed at a grocery chain.

Refugee Restrictions Could Hamper Meat Companies

President Donald Trump’s suspension of refugee arrivals could cut into a key labor source for meatpacking firms that depend on foreign-born workers.

February 3, 2017

 

A wheel of hard, aged cheese

These Monks Have A Calling: Making Italian Cheese In India

Cheese is gaining popularity in India but it is mostly imported and expensive. An Indian-based monastery with Italian roots is trying to change that.

February 4, 2017

 

Mike McCloskey

Chasing A Dream Built On Dairy, Master Of Milk Came Home

For one of the biggest dairymen in U.S., success was based in part on crossing cultural boundaries. Now, he has returned home to continue building his empire.

February 4, 2017

 

cilantro lime rice with an egg

Cilantro Lime Broccoli Rice

Making broccoli rice is super easy. You simply add broccoli stems to a food processor and pulse until it’s broken into tiny bits.

February 5, 2017

 

Urban Seed

What Grows In Las Vegas Stays In Las Vegas

Crops like radishes, jicama and cilantro will soon be grown close to the Strip, so restaurants will have immediate access to fresh ingredients.

February 6, 2017

 

Washu chocolate

Save The Monkeys, Save The Trees, Sell The Chocolate

An enterprise-minded ecologist from England is helping endangered brown-headed spider monkeys in Ecuador by connecting their preservation to high-end chocolate.

February 6, 2017

 

farmers with cows

How Fancy Cheese May Save Some Small-Scale Dairies

Increasing demand for upscale, local foods has created a market for on-farm cheesemakers. Profit is not guaranteed and the up-front investment is significant.

February 7, 2017

 

pig nose

Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. Biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA they leave in puddles.

February 7, 2017

 

Farmers Gualberto Casanova (left) and Dionisio Yam Moo

Climate Change Disrupts Mayans’ Traditional Farming Practices

Climate change has brought erratic rainfall to Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, forcing local Mayan farmers to modernize their centuries-old farming practices.

February 7, 2017

 

Crespelle in Brodo, Italian Crepes in Broth

Italian Crepes In Chicken Broth

There are many subtle variations in the way crepes are prepared. This version incorporates creamed carrots and potatoes to thicken the broth.

February 7, 2017

 

Mana Heshmati, founder of the Detroit-based Peace Meal Kitchen

Detroit Pop-Up Dinner Series Protests Trump’s Travel Ban

Peace Meal Kitchen began as a way to use food to dispel misconceptions about Iran. In the wake of new immigration restrictions, its mission has morphed.

February 8, 2017

 

fleece jacket in a corn field

Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Fleece jackets have transformed our experience of the outdoors. But little, tiny synthetic fibers that fleece is made of could also be ending up in our diets.

February 9, 2017

 

corn

Farm Income Forecast To Drop For Fourth-Straight Year

The price of foundational crops like corn and wheat have slipped dramatically in recent years, leaving many farmers struggling to break even.

February 9, 2017

 

Everyman Espresso

Amid Travel Ban Debate, Chefs And Food Brands Take A Stand

From pledges to hire refugees to fundraisers for the ACLU, food businesses large and small are getting vocal about their support for immigrants.

February 9, 2017

 

field of wheat

Don’t Call It Wheat: Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Researchers developed a new wheat-like species called Salish Blue. It grows back year after year, which not only cuts down on work, but helps prevent erosion.

February 9, 2017

 

Egg-laying hens are confined in cages

Egg Farm Charged Under New Animal Cruelty Law

A chicken ranch in southern California is facing animal cruelty charges that could test a new law banning extreme confinement.

February 10, 2017

 

carton of eggs

Organic Animal Welfare Rules Delayed, Giving Opponents Hope

Implementation of the rules has been pushed back thanks to President Donald Trump’s “regulatory freeze.”

February 10, 2017

 

dan and kate williamson

Dan Williamson Wanted To Be A Dad, So His Chef Hat Had To Go

Dan Williamson revisits his days as a professional chef with Stuffed Mushrooms With Tomato Coulis and Zucchini Hash.

February 10, 2017

 

pig farm

Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

Iowa is the largest pork producer in the country. Melissa Block visits a pig farm for NPR's series "Our Land."

February 11, 2017

 

Juno DeMelo

When Man’s Best Friend Is The Worst At Truffle Hunting

Some dogs have long been bred specifically to sniff out truffles, but could any old dog be trained to pick up this lucrative new trick?

February 12, 2017

 

fried cauliflower rice and quail eggs

Fried Cauliflower Rice With Quail Eggs

My one gripe with a lot of healthy food is that it doesn’t have enough flavor. Not this dish!

February 12, 2017

 

portrait of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As Weapon Of Control

As a young man, Douglass escaped slavery and became a heroic abolitionist who revealed how food was a key tool in the immoral mechanics of slavery.

February 13, 2017

 

spray plane

Chlorpyrifos: Linked To Autism, Still On The Market

The safety of chlorpyrifos has been in question for almost three decades. The next step is an outright ban by the EPA, though it's unclear if that will happen.

February 13, 2017

 

farmer with millet

A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers

Faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing drought tolerant millets to people's diets.

February 13, 2017

 

ranch

To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture

What's the single most important thing that the world's farmers could do to reduce global warming? Give cattle faster-growing, more nutritious pasture.

February 14, 2017

 

cowboy

Embezzlement Probe Adds To Questions About Beef Checkoff Oversight

The check-off is a network of 45 state-based boards and councils that collects the money to promote the beef industry.

February 14, 2017

 

beet tarts

Beet Tarts With Goat Cheese And Caramelized Onions

These rose-shaped tarts make even a novice baker pass for a seasoned pastry chef.

February 14, 2017

 

meat-free burger

This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free

Pat Brown was a renowned biomedical researcher. But he left that to tackle what he saw as the biggest problem facing Earth: animal agriculture.

February 14, 2017

 

valentine's day drawing

Chocolate: Sweet (But Not So Innocent) Consort To Valentine’s Day

From the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac, but it took many centuries for it to become the taste of the love holiday.

February 15, 2017

 

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Corn Made This Society Big, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

Mississippian American Indian culture rose to power by farming corn. New evidence suggests dramatic change in climate might have led to its collapse in 1300s.

February 15, 2017

 

worker checks on cows being milks at a dairy farm

Increased Immigration Enforcement Sets Ag Industry On Edge

Undocumented immigrants make up a significant portion of the country’s agricultural workforce. A crackdown on immigrant workers could put farms at-risk.

February 15, 2017

 

Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor: Hidden Human Costs Of Those Lists

Those all-too-common lists of cheap places to eat are part of a broader restaurant culture that devalues immigrant labor and ignores the consequences.

February 15, 2017

 

trump and Puzder

Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Withdraws

Fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination to head the Labor Department. Puzder became the first Trump Cabinet pick whose nomination failed.

February 16, 2017

 

anchovies

Most Of The Fish We Use For Fishmeal Could Feed Humans Instead

Currently, one-fourth of all fish caught globally goes to produce fishmeal and fish oil for farmed seafood, pigs and chickens.

February 16, 2017

 

Chef José Andrés

José Andrés Closes Restaurants For ‘Day Without Immigrants’

The celebrity chef will shut five of his restaurants Thursday. It's part of a national boycott calling on immigrants not to go to work.

February 1, 2017

 

Vegan Butter Chicken Recipe

No-Meat Butter Chicken

This dish is so close to the original, it just seemed wrong to call it a tomato and cauliflower curry.

February 4, 2017

 

cilantro lime rice with an egg

Cilantro Lime Broccoli Rice

Making broccoli rice is super easy. You simply add broccoli stems to a food processor and pulse until it’s broken into tiny bits.

February 7, 2017

 

Crespelle in Brodo, Italian Crepes in Broth

Italian Crepes In Chicken Broth

There are many subtle variations in the way crepes are prepared. This version incorporates creamed carrots and potatoes to thicken the broth.

February 10, 2017

 

dan and kate williamson

Dan Williamson Wanted To Be A Dad, So His Chef Hat Had To Go

Dan Williamson revisits his days as a professional chef with Stuffed Mushrooms With Tomato Coulis and Zucchini Hash.

February 12, 2017

 

fried cauliflower rice and quail eggs

Fried Cauliflower Rice With Quail Eggs

My one gripe with a lot of healthy food is that it doesn’t have enough flavor. Not this dish!

February 14, 2017

 

beet tarts

Beet Tarts With Goat Cheese And Caramelized Onions

These rose-shaped tarts make even a novice baker pass for a seasoned pastry chef.

February 19, 2017

 

kefir panna cotta with granola

Kefir Panna Cotta

Kefir Panna Cotta is similar to yogurt and granola with a soft texture.

February 22, 2017

 

peanut butter and jelly muffins

Peanut Butter And Jelly Muffins

Peanut butter and jelly is one of those divine combinations that’s good whether you’re young or old, a gourmand or a culinary plebeian.

February 26, 2017

 

winter leaf pizza, pre-cooked

Winter Leaf Pizza For Dinner

I love putting beet greens on pizzas, along with some thinly sliced beet roots. It gives it a nice vegetable vibe that makes them almost healthy.

February 1, 2017

 

Vishwesh Bhatt

How A Native Of India Became A Southern Cooking Star

These days, one of the south's best chefs is Vish Bhatt, a man born 9,000 miles away. And his Indian-inflected cuisine reflects a changing South.

February 2, 2017

 

Migrant workers

U.S.-Mexico Wall Will Cost Americans More For Food

Requiring Mexican growers to pay more for exporting their goods to the U.S. will only lead to higher prices for American consumers.

February 2, 2017

 

Roundup

California Judge OKs Roundup Cancer Label

California will be the first state to label the controversial chemical glyphosate, declared safe by the EPA, and "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the IARC.

February 2, 2017

 

Andrew Puzder looks on at FreedomFest last year at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Groups Call For Senate To Oppose Labor Secretary Pick

A coalition of food, farm and labor organizations wants the US Senate to block President Trump’s fast-food CEO choice for Secretary of Labor.

February 3, 2017

 

A wheel of hard, aged cheese

These Monks Have A Calling: Making Italian Cheese In India

Cheese is gaining popularity in India but it is mostly imported and expensive. An Indian-based monastery with Italian roots is trying to change that.

February 4, 2017

 

Mike McCloskey

Chasing A Dream Built On Dairy, Master Of Milk Came Home

For one of the biggest dairymen in U.S., success was based in part on crossing cultural boundaries. Now, he has returned home to continue building his empire.

February 5, 2017

 

Urban Seed

What Grows In Las Vegas Stays In Las Vegas

Crops like radishes, jicama and cilantro will soon be grown close to the Strip, so restaurants will have immediate access to fresh ingredients.

February 6, 2017

 

Washu chocolate

Save The Monkeys, Save The Trees, Sell The Chocolate

An enterprise-minded ecologist from England is helping endangered brown-headed spider monkeys in Ecuador by connecting their preservation to high-end chocolate.

February 6, 2017

 

farmers with cows

How Fancy Cheese May Save Some Small-Scale Dairies

Increasing demand for upscale, local foods has created a market for on-farm cheesemakers. Profit is not guaranteed and the up-front investment is significant.

February 7, 2017

 

pig nose

Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. Biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA they leave in puddles.

February 7, 2017

 

Farmers Gualberto Casanova (left) and Dionisio Yam Moo

Climate Change Disrupts Mayans’ Traditional Farming Practices

Climate change has brought erratic rainfall to Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, forcing local Mayan farmers to modernize their centuries-old farming practices.

February 7, 2017

 

Mana Heshmati, founder of the Detroit-based Peace Meal Kitchen

Detroit Pop-Up Dinner Series Protests Trump’s Travel Ban

Peace Meal Kitchen began as a way to use food to dispel misconceptions about Iran. In the wake of new immigration restrictions, its mission has morphed.

February 8, 2017

 

fleece jacket in a corn field

Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Fleece jackets have transformed our experience of the outdoors. But little, tiny synthetic fibers that fleece is made of could also be ending up in our diets.

February 9, 2017

 

corn

Farm Income Forecast To Drop For Fourth-Straight Year

The price of foundational crops like corn and wheat have slipped dramatically in recent years, leaving many farmers struggling to break even.

February 9, 2017

 

Everyman Espresso

Amid Travel Ban Debate, Chefs And Food Brands Take A Stand

From pledges to hire refugees to fundraisers for the ACLU, food businesses large and small are getting vocal about their support for immigrants.

February 9, 2017

 

field of wheat

Don’t Call It Wheat: Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Researchers developed a new wheat-like species called Salish Blue. It grows back year after year, which not only cuts down on work, but helps prevent erosion.

February 9, 2017

 

Egg-laying hens are confined in cages

Egg Farm Charged Under New Animal Cruelty Law

A chicken ranch in southern California is facing animal cruelty charges that could test a new law banning extreme confinement.

February 10, 2017

 

carton of eggs

Organic Animal Welfare Rules Delayed, Giving Opponents Hope

Implementation of the rules has been pushed back thanks to President Donald Trump’s “regulatory freeze.”

February 10, 2017

 

pig farm

Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

Iowa is the largest pork producer in the country. Melissa Block visits a pig farm for NPR's series "Our Land."

February 11, 2017

 

Juno DeMelo

When Man’s Best Friend Is The Worst At Truffle Hunting

Some dogs have long been bred specifically to sniff out truffles, but could any old dog be trained to pick up this lucrative new trick?

February 12, 2017

 

portrait of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As Weapon Of Control

As a young man, Douglass escaped slavery and became a heroic abolitionist who revealed how food was a key tool in the immoral mechanics of slavery.

February 13, 2017

 

spray plane

Chlorpyrifos: Linked To Autism, Still On The Market

The safety of chlorpyrifos has been in question for almost three decades. The next step is an outright ban by the EPA, though it's unclear if that will happen.

February 13, 2017

 

farmer with millet

A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers

Faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing drought tolerant millets to people's diets.

February 13, 2017

 

ranch

To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture

What's the single most important thing that the world's farmers could do to reduce global warming? Give cattle faster-growing, more nutritious pasture.

February 14, 2017

 

cowboy

Embezzlement Probe Adds To Questions About Beef Checkoff Oversight

The check-off is a network of 45 state-based boards and councils that collects the money to promote the beef industry.

February 14, 2017

 

meat-free burger

This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free

Pat Brown was a renowned biomedical researcher. But he left that to tackle what he saw as the biggest problem facing Earth: animal agriculture.

February 14, 2017

 

valentine's day drawing

Chocolate: Sweet (But Not So Innocent) Consort To Valentine’s Day

From the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac, but it took many centuries for it to become the taste of the love holiday.

February 15, 2017

 

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Corn Made This Society Big, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

Mississippian American Indian culture rose to power by farming corn. New evidence suggests dramatic change in climate might have led to its collapse in 1300s.

February 15, 2017

 

worker checks on cows being milks at a dairy farm

Increased Immigration Enforcement Sets Ag Industry On Edge

Undocumented immigrants make up a significant portion of the country’s agricultural workforce. A crackdown on immigrant workers could put farms at-risk.

February 15, 2017

 

Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor: Hidden Human Costs Of Those Lists

Those all-too-common lists of cheap places to eat are part of a broader restaurant culture that devalues immigrant labor and ignores the consequences.

February 15, 2017

 

trump and Puzder

Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Withdraws

Fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination to head the Labor Department. Puzder became the first Trump Cabinet pick whose nomination failed.

February 16, 2017

 

anchovies

Most Of The Fish We Use For Fishmeal Could Feed Humans Instead

Currently, one-fourth of all fish caught globally goes to produce fishmeal and fish oil for farmed seafood, pigs and chickens.

February 16, 2017

 

Chef José Andrés

José Andrés Closes Restaurants For ‘Day Without Immigrants’

The celebrity chef will shut five of his restaurants Thursday. It's part of a national boycott calling on immigrants not to go to work.

February 16, 2017

 

sandwich

‘Sell By’ Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Those "expiration" labels on packaged food may dupe consumers into throwing good food in the trash. Two major food industry associations are proposing reforms.

February 18, 2017

 

fried-chicharro

LA’s Moves To Protect Street-Food Vendors Come With A Catch

LA is the only major US city where selling food on sidewalks is illegal. President Trump's immigration policies have pushed the city council to change the law.

February 19, 2017

 

Habanadas

Heatless Habanero Packs All Of The Flavor, None Of The Burn

Some breeders vie to grow ever more mouth-burning peppers. The guy behind the Habanada had a different goal: a habanero with no heat all.

February 20, 2017

 

Jeanne Crumly

Nebraska Landowners Revive Fight Against Keystone XL

When Keystone XL was last up for approval, Jeanne Crumly and a group of other local landowners sued to block TransCanada from seizing land by eminent domain.

February 20, 2017

 

beekeepers

Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees

A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.

February 20, 2017

 

carton of eggs

To Cut Food Waste, Expiration Labels Get An Update

You could start seeing more standardized food labels by summer 2018, the soft deadline trade groups told members to aim for in adopting the new language.

February 21, 2017

 

Isra Mohamud

Immigrant Communities Diversify Face Of Rural Colorado City

For the students at Fort Morgan High School, refugee resettlement and the lagging rural economy aren’t abstract political ideas. They’re living it.

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