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Archive for December 2013

December 7, 2013

Far And Near 

coconuts

Recipes From Pearl Lagoon, Frog Legs, SNAP In Rural America

Vicki Basman talks about her food adventures in Pearl Lagoon. Frog legs are on the menu. And, how cuts to SNAP funding could affect rural Americans.

December 14, 2013

Surf And Turf 

three eggs in hand

Fishing And Stewing Oysters, Snowbirds, Shake-Up Cocktail

Today, we fish for wild oysters in Nicaragua and give chickens a break from laying eggs. Daniel Orr shares a cocktail recipe perfect for holiday entertaining.

December 21, 2013

'Tis The Season 

vegan cookie baking

Veganize Your Holiday, Christmas Tamales, Mighty Microbes

We cheers with eggnog and get our handy dirty making tamales. Harvest Public Media examines soil microbes. And, have yourself a merry little (vegan) Christmas.

December 28, 2013

Podcast Greatest Hits 

january calendar

It Was A Very Good Year

We had a blast this year speaking with researchers, visiting farms and eating great food. In this week's podcast, we take a look back at highlights from 2013.

December 3, 2013

Snip Snap 

1_Sandoval_Crossroads

Rural Areas Worry About Food Stamp Cuts

Funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program isn’t just an urban concern. Families living amid fertile farmland increasingly rely on SNAP benefits.

December 4, 2013

Fighting For 15 

Fast-food workers rally in a Chicago McDonalds restaurant

Fast Food Workers Plan Biggest Strike Yet

Fast food workers in 100 US cities are planning a strike this week, the largest in a year-long push for higher wages and better working conditions.

December 5, 2013

Farm Bill Fiasco 

capitol

Danger Ahead: Another ‘Dairy Cliff’

Doubling dairy prices loom as Congress makes its way back into session to focus on a myriad of issues, including the farm bill.

December 6, 2013

If You Grow It... 

organic fruits and vegetables

Indiana Organic Farm Acreage Increased, Behind Other States

Indiana's organic crop acreage increased 2 percent this year, but Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky surpassed that by much more.

December 9, 2013

Where Are The Quails? 

sig_112613_pheasant_bird1

Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland

As farmers across the Midwest have plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for grassland birds has become increasingly scarce.

December 9, 2013

Taste Of Nicaragua 

vicki baseman making johnny cakes and book cover

Pearls From The Lagoon: Meet The People, Eat Their Food

Vicki Basman's cookbook is a compilation of traditional recipes from the Pearl Lagoon basin in Nicaragua. Try making Johnny cakes in your own kitchen!

December 10, 2013

Cheers! 

cranberry apple shake-up

Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Apple Shake-Up

Encourage your guests to shake the night away with this Ball jar cocktail. Create several of these drinks in advance and then let your guests do the mixing.

December 11, 2013

National Giants 

Sysco truck

Sysco To Buy US Foods In Distribution Merger

If approved by regulators, the merger is expected to bank Sysco $65 billion next year, up from $44 billion currently.

December 11, 2013

To Be Continued 

Snow covers a fallow field

Farm Bill Kicked To Next Year

Lawmakers decided to reconvene in January to hammer out a deal on a new five-year farm bill.

December 12, 2013

Traditional Dish 

mr-orlando-fishing-for-oysters

Oyster Soup Fresh From Pearl Lagoon

Even if you can't get your hands on oysters fresh from the ocean, this soup from Pearl Lagoon will be a tasty dish to warm you during the cold months.

December 12, 2013

Got Milk? 

milk bottles on door step

Organic Milk Higher In ‘Heart Healthy’ Fatty Acids

A new study has found organic milk is higher in omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk, but not everyone considers it a health breakthrough.

December 16, 2013

Little Bugs 

1119_microbes-BASF-greenhouse

Under The Microscope: Microbes Can Help Farmers

Some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields.

December 16, 2013

Growth Enhancement 

pig

FDA Announces Plan To Curb Antibiotic Use In Animals

Use of antibiotics to grow farm animals has been blamed for growing antibiotic resistance in humans across the United States. New rules could help curb that.

December 17, 2013

It All Starts With A Seed 

A gardener holding broccoli seed pods

Film To Follow Seed Savers’ Struggle

A new documentary film has explored a global movement to stop plummeting diversity in the world's food seed stocks.

December 18, 2013

Faster Food 

toll road

Food So Fast You Don’t Even Have To Stop And Pay

Five Staten Island Wendy's are testing technology that allows cars to pay for fast food using hands-free technology mounted on the windshield.

December 18, 2013

New Beginning? 

Sanlu Headquarters

Chinese Brand Involved In Melamine Scandal Goes Organic

Under new ownership, Sanlu is attempting to rebrand with organic grains. The question is will Chinese consumers buy in?

December 20, 2013

Total Figures 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/6283083156/

Tallying Hidden Costs Of Industrial Food

Economists and environmental scientists are adding up unseen costs connected to industrial agriculture.

December 27, 2013

Year in Review 

Holiday decorations shine in front of the US Capitol

Big Shame And Small Wins In 2013, Food Policy Watchers Say

Earth Eats asked food watchdog and advocacy groups for their thoughts on the best and worst of food policy in 2013.

December 28, 2013

Won't You Be My Neighbor 

1206_developtment-ag-Jessup-2-2

Forget The Golf Course, Subdivisions Build Around Farms

A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement.

December 30, 2013

A Quarter For A Carrot? 

Fruit and vegetables

Pay Kids To Eat Vegetables? It Might Just Work

Kids are trashing the fruits and veggies served for school lunches. A study suggests paying them to eat the good stuff will increase consumption, reduce waste.

December 31, 2013

Backyard Chickens 

buttercup chicken perched on a snowy fence

Snow Birds: Keep Your Chickens Dry, Warm, Happy Over Winter

Even though they sport fluffy down coats, chickens don't like the cold! Here are four tips to boost your birds' health and comfort during the winter months.

December 3, 2013

Ribbit 

plate of frog legs with tomato sauce

Frog Legs, Provençal-Style

I grew up in southern Indiana eating frog legs. This recipe combines the memories of my childhood with a French culinary aesthetic.

December 12, 2013

Traditional Dish 

mr-orlando-fishing-for-oysters

Oyster Soup Fresh From Pearl Lagoon

Even if you can't get your hands on oysters fresh from the ocean, this soup from Pearl Lagoon will be a tasty dish to warm you during the cold months.

December 3, 2013

Snip Snap 

1_Sandoval_Crossroads

Rural Areas Worry About Food Stamp Cuts

Funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program isn’t just an urban concern. Families living amid fertile farmland increasingly rely on SNAP benefits.

December 4, 2013

Fighting For 15 

Fast-food workers rally in a Chicago McDonalds restaurant

Fast Food Workers Plan Biggest Strike Yet

Fast food workers in 100 US cities are planning a strike this week, the largest in a year-long push for higher wages and better working conditions.

December 5, 2013

Farm Bill Fiasco 

capitol

Danger Ahead: Another ‘Dairy Cliff’

Doubling dairy prices loom as Congress makes its way back into session to focus on a myriad of issues, including the farm bill.

December 6, 2013

If You Grow It... 

organic fruits and vegetables

Indiana Organic Farm Acreage Increased, Behind Other States

Indiana's organic crop acreage increased 2 percent this year, but Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky surpassed that by much more.

December 9, 2013

Where Are The Quails? 

sig_112613_pheasant_bird1

Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland

As farmers across the Midwest have plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for grassland birds has become increasingly scarce.

December 11, 2013

National Giants 

Sysco truck

Sysco To Buy US Foods In Distribution Merger

If approved by regulators, the merger is expected to bank Sysco $65 billion next year, up from $44 billion currently.

December 11, 2013

To Be Continued 

Snow covers a fallow field

Farm Bill Kicked To Next Year

Lawmakers decided to reconvene in January to hammer out a deal on a new five-year farm bill.

December 12, 2013

Got Milk? 

milk bottles on door step

Organic Milk Higher In ‘Heart Healthy’ Fatty Acids

A new study has found organic milk is higher in omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk, but not everyone considers it a health breakthrough.

December 16, 2013

Little Bugs 

1119_microbes-BASF-greenhouse

Under The Microscope: Microbes Can Help Farmers

Some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields.

December 16, 2013

Growth Enhancement 

pig

FDA Announces Plan To Curb Antibiotic Use In Animals

Use of antibiotics to grow farm animals has been blamed for growing antibiotic resistance in humans across the United States. New rules could help curb that.

December 17, 2013

It All Starts With A Seed 

A gardener holding broccoli seed pods

Film To Follow Seed Savers’ Struggle

A new documentary film has explored a global movement to stop plummeting diversity in the world's food seed stocks.

December 18, 2013

Faster Food 

toll road

Food So Fast You Don’t Even Have To Stop And Pay

Five Staten Island Wendy's are testing technology that allows cars to pay for fast food using hands-free technology mounted on the windshield.

December 18, 2013

New Beginning? 

Sanlu Headquarters

Chinese Brand Involved In Melamine Scandal Goes Organic

Under new ownership, Sanlu is attempting to rebrand with organic grains. The question is will Chinese consumers buy in?

December 23, 2013

Vital Signs 

Workers cutting squash

Outlook Good For Food Hubs In 2014

Researchers see promise in businesses that connect local food makers to larger wholesale markets like restaurants and schools.

December 27, 2013

Year in Review 

Holiday decorations shine in front of the US Capitol

Big Shame And Small Wins In 2013, Food Policy Watchers Say

Earth Eats asked food watchdog and advocacy groups for their thoughts on the best and worst of food policy in 2013.

December 28, 2013

Won't You Be My Neighbor 

1206_developtment-ag-Jessup-2-2

Forget The Golf Course, Subdivisions Build Around Farms

A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement.

December 30, 2013

A Quarter For A Carrot? 

Fruit and vegetables

Pay Kids To Eat Vegetables? It Might Just Work

Kids are trashing the fruits and veggies served for school lunches. A study suggests paying them to eat the good stuff will increase consumption, reduce waste.

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