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December 7, 2016

 

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Amazon To Open Convenience Store With No Lines

The company envisions customers picking up whatever they want, then simply walking out with it. The items are automatically billed to their Amazon accounts.

December 7, 2016

 

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Resistance To Important Antibiotics Found On U.S. Swine Farm

The CDC had already called carbapenem-resistance an "urgent threat" to human health that is responsible for about 600 deaths a year.

December 7, 2016

 

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Drought-Stricken Southern Madagascar Teeters On The Edge Of Famine

Fighting extreme poverty and failing crops caused by a three-year drought, U.N. food agencies are struggling to keep the region from succumbing to starvation.

December 6, 2016

 

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Crane Demilitarization Plant Turns Smoke Bombs Into Fertilizer

A new process takes smoke bombs and transforms them into phosphoric acid that then goes on to be fertilizer.

December 6, 2016

 

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Americans Don’t Trust Scientists’ Take On Food Issues

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic.

December 6, 2016

 

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These Voracious Flies Could Limit Food Waste, Feed Chickens

Mad Agriculture takes fly larvae and puts them in bins full of food waste – pulp from a local juice company – and lets them chow down for days.

December 5, 2016

 

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After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback

Recent scientific advances have offered some hopes of recovery to Florida's citrus industry, which has been declining over two decades due to citrus greening.

December 5, 2016

 

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Kale Is About To Have An Identity Crisis

To develop a new variety of kale tailored, plant researchers are surveying consumer attitudes on the leafy green. The takeaway so far? "Be less like kale."

December 4, 2016

 

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Squid Is Big Business, But Good Luck Eating Local Calamari

While the U.S. has a thriving squid industry, chances are the calamari you are eating made a 12,000-mile round trip before ending up on your dinner plate.

December 3, 2016

 

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Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don’t Know

Despite assumptions that food allergies are becoming more common, experts say they just don't know. Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy.

December 2, 2016

 

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Colorado County Board Votes To Ban GMO Crops On Public Land

The vote puts in place a transition plan to remove GMO corn and sugar beets from public land within the next 5 years.

December 1, 2016

 

Workers wait at cash registers at a McDonald's restaurant in New York fitted with self-serve kiosks.

Minimum Wage Fight Not To Blame For McDonald’s Robots

Recent click-tempting headlines say the Fight for 15 movement caused McDonalds to replace cashiers with robots. Except it probably didn’t.

December 1, 2016

 

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Farmers Are Courting Trump, But They Don’t Speak For All Of Rural America

With Donald Trump's victory, farmers are hoping to profit. But most rural Americans aren't farmers. Small towns have their own priorities.

November 30, 2016

 

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Hard Cider: The Midwest’s New Alcoholic Specialty

Nationally, hard apple cider has enjoyed of renaissance of sorts over the past few years. Sales growth neared triple-digits just a few years ago.

November 29, 2016

 

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Get Ready For Lower Meat Prices This Holiday Season

It typically takes a while for changes in commodity prices to reach consumers but they're reaping the benefits of an improved situation for livestock producers.

November 29, 2016

 

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Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn’t Humans

Ants in Fiji farm plants and fertilize them with their poop, and they've been doing this for 3 million years, much longer than humans.

November 28, 2016

 

ISU extension agronomist Angie Rieck-Hinz and farmer Edwin Johnson

Farmers Rely More On Agronomists In Down Economy

Midwest farmers are once again facing low commodity prices. Agronomists can give feedback and advice on where producers can cut costs and maximize profits.

November 24, 2016

 

Dana Kee's Moose Manor Farm

To Save Heritage Turkeys, We Must Eat Them

Heritage turkeys descended from birds brought by British settlers that mated with turkeys native to the U.S.

November 24, 2016

 

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Dietary Restrictions Could Be Recipe For Stressful Holiday

For parents with kids on special diets, holidays can mean more anxiety than fun. The solution lies in working together to plan the perfect meal.

November 23, 2016

 

Eucheuma denticulatum, a source for carrageenan

Organic Board Says No To Additive, Tables Hydroponics

The top advisory board on organic standards in the US has decided that products with “USDA Organic” label can no longer contain carrageenan.

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