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May 22, 2015

 

Oil drums

Farm Loses 47,000 Turkeys To Tainted Oil Sold As Food Grade

The industrial waste oil passed off as food-grade oil contained lascadoil—a combination of oleic acid, soy oil, and lasalocid sodium, used in animal drugs.

May 21, 2015

 

dead poultry

Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

The outbreak has affected 174 farms in 15 states. Because there's no vaccine, infected and even healthy birds must be killed to try to stop the virus.

May 21, 2015

 

A look at the Vibrio bacteria through an electron microscope

CDC Report Shows Ups And Downs In Food Poisoning

A new report from the CDC shows that E. coli and other foodborne illnesses are down, but a deadly, less common type of food poisoning is growing.

May 21, 2015

 

Target store

Target Moves Away From Packaged Foods, Towards Fresh Foods

Target is a major player when it comes to food purchasing -- Americans spend $15 billion in food at its stores annually.

May 21, 2015

 

bees

White House Releases Strategy To Save Bees

The White House's plan outlines how to save habitat and promote research. Some environmentalists wonder if it goes far enough to protect pollinators.

May 18, 2015

 

Andy Daniels

California Drought Not A Midwest Windfall

Things were different fifty-years-ago when fruit and vegetable production was a larger part of Midwest farming. Now it’s all about corn and soybeans.

May 12, 2015

 

Farmer Alice McGary

Local Farmers Get Creative To Compete In Crowded Market

Before the mid-1980s there were no farms in this country offering CSAs. Now there are upwards of 5,000.

May 11, 2015

 

Phanaeus vindex, a common dung beetle

Midwest Farmers Look To Dung Beetles For Help

Healthy dung beetle populations can make a cow pie disappear in a matter of hours, but dung beetle populations have been declining for decades.

May 7, 2015

 

Crickets on display at a night market in Thailand

Study Questions Superfood Hopes for Crickets

New research indicates that crickets don’t convert feed into edible protein as efficiently as entomophagy proponents have suggested.

May 7, 2015

 

chickens in cages

Officials Seek To Contain Avian Flu As Outbreak Spreads

Beyond containing the virus, there’s another huge challenge: disposing of all the dead birds.

May 6, 2015

 

panera bread

Panera Cuts ‘Fake Food’ From Its Menu

Dubbed the "No No List," Panera has decided to eliminate over 150 ingredients from its menu by 2016.

May 5, 2015

 

McDonald's Taiwan

McDonald’s To Change Financial Structure Globally

McDonald's annouced it will restructure its global business to create a "modern, progressive burger company," according to CEO Steve Easterbrook.

April 29, 2015

 

lamb pack at market

Lamb’s Revival Rests With Growing Muslim, Latino Markets

The average American eats roughly a half-pound of lamb per year. That number has been dropping for decades.

April 29, 2015

 

Emily Meier with burning field

Why Do Farmers Burn Their Fields?

A farmer wants to burn in Goldilocks conditions – everything needs to be juuust right.

April 29, 2015

 

chickens

Tyson Announces Antibiotic Elimination By 2017 In Chickens

Tyson is the largest U.S. chicken supplier to announce it would cease use of antibiotics used in humans in its chicken.

April 29, 2015

 

A bee gathering nectar from a flower

Study Says Bees Are Drawn To Neonic Pesticides

A new study suggests that bees could get addicted to foods laced with nicotine-like pesticides.

April 29, 2015

 

2 chickens

Bird Flu Claims Egg-Laying Hens In Iowa

Tuesday marked the worst day in the H5N2 avian flu outbreak which is killing millions of turkeys and chickens across the Midwest.

April 23, 2015

 

corn on the stalk

Corn Lawsuits Underscore China Influence On Midwest Farmers

The real problem, say some farmers and federal officials, is that the American and Chinese regulators don’t approve new technologies at the same time.

April 20, 2015

 

Research technician, Bradley Boyd

Beef Industry Not Sold On E. Coli Vaccine

An E. coli vaccine has been on the market for years that could reduce the risk of getting sick. It’s a vaccine for cows, but not many cows are getting it.

April 15, 2015

 

Farmer Levi Greuel

To Close Subsidy Loophole, USDA Wants To Redefine ‘Farmer’

The government’s current definition of a farmer includes owning land or equipment, and doing at least 1,000 hours of manual labor a year.

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