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February 24, 2017

 

farming

Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration

Many were farmers, coerced to work the land in the camps. The food was meant for the incarcerated but administrators sold it on the open market.

February 23, 2017

 

Cows are milked at a dairy facility

Dairy Group Pushes State-Sponsored Visas

Dairy industry groups want to allow states to sponsor their own visas for foreign workers.

February 23, 2017

 

People shop at a vegetable market in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Vanuatu Goes Local To Fight Obesity

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is planning a partial ban on imported high-energy junk foods that spur obesity.

February 23, 2017

 

Tom Willey

As Organic Farming Pioneers Age, Younger Generation Steps In

While some in California are passing on their farms to family to preserve their legacy, others are getting help finding like-minded strangers.

February 22, 2017

 

Brandon Stewart, left, and Rob Fenton

Watch: Research Hints At Ways To Keep Burgers Safe From E. Coli

Researchers can differentiate harmless strains of E. coli, which are naturally present in most warm-blooded animals, from the nasty Shiga toxin-producing kind.

February 21, 2017

 

Taylor Hutchinson with chickens

Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

Farming is grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one often-ignored aspect: health care costs.

February 21, 2017

 

strawberries

Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America’s Farmers More Than Mexico’s

Trade in food between the U.S. and Mexico has exploded over the past 15 years. Restricting that trade could backfire.

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.

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 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

 

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 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 18, 2017

 

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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 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 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

 

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 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 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

 

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

 

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.

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