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Earth Eats Staff is a weekly podcast, public radio program and blog bringing you the freshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture.

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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 23, 2016

 

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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 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 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 16, 2016

 

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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 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

 

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 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 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 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 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 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

 

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 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 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.

August 31, 2016

 

Bruce Hincks of Meadowood Farm

Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In A Decade

This year, many fields are bone dry and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.

August 31, 2016

 

sign on a tree

For-Profit Mushroom Pickers In Montana Go Underground

Last year's forest fires have produced a bumper crop of morels, but the Forest Service isn't issuing commercial licenses in some prime picking spots.

August 30, 2016

 

soba noodles

Japan’s Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

Making soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat is an ancient technique being adapted to modern times.

August 26, 2016

 

Breads baked at the Elmore Mountain Bread use freshly stone milled flour.

Bread Grains: The Last Frontier In The Locavore Movement

A small but growing number of bakers, chefs and pasta makers are making their own flour with the age-old method of stone milling.

August 25, 2016

 

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley

Senate Plans Hearing On Big Ag Mergers

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plans to examine proposed mergers among agricultural chemical and seed companies in a September hearing.

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