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March 22, 2017

 

Chicken

Tech Startup Debuts “Clean” Poultry Products

Memphis Meats makes nuggets and tenders using self-reproducing cells, taken from live animals and grown in laboratory-based bioreactor tanks.

March 21, 2017

 

Sausage hangs in a shop in Brazil

Brazil Raids Bust Meat Companies Accused Of Bribery

Police in Brazil raided two major meat companies after allegations that workers had bribed officials to overlook rotten and tainted meat.

March 21, 2017

 

grilling meat

Amid Scandal, Brazil Assures Safety Of Its Food Exports

The country's federal police say that health officials were bribed to ignore outdated and adulterated meat.

March 20, 2017

 

Meals on Wheels

Studies Show Meals On Wheels Cuts Medicare, Medicaid Costs

A 2013 review of studies found the average cost of a one-month nursing home stay is the same as providing home-delivered meals five days a week for seven years.

March 20, 2017

 

usda headquarters

Rural Groups Push Against Proposed Cuts To USDA Spending

President Trump’s proposal calls for reduction in USDA discretionary spending and lays out rationale for why some programs are either eliminated or scaled back.

March 18, 2017

 

pasties

In Michigan, Pasties Are Portable Pies With History Baked In

The lightly seasoned meat and veggie pie, prevalent in the Upper Peninsula, is pure fuel. It's come to symbolize tenacity in the face of trying conditions.

March 16, 2017

 

cover crops

How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting cover crops. In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

March 16, 2017

 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue

Questions Linger Over Ag Secretary Nominee

Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, has pledged to sever business ties amid ongoing delays in his confirmation.

March 16, 2017

 

carts

Bill Would Lift Savings Limit For Food Stamp Recipients

Some committee members are also concerned about the lack of regulation on what SNAP can be used to purchase.

March 15, 2017

 

bottles of round up

Court Documents Raise Questions Of Roundup

After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about research methods, Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate.

March 15, 2017

 

abandoned home

Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On Great Plains

Starting in 1910, Dearfield began attracting hundreds of black homesteaders. They came to the town for opportunity.

March 14, 2017

 

sugar cube design

How A Maryland County Cut Soda Sales Without A Soda Tax

Over three years, a campaign urged Howard County, Md., residents to pare back on sugary drinks. And it worked.

March 14, 2017

 

veggie drawing

Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all.

March 14, 2017

 

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Liz Hada, left, and Melissa Garcia Rodriguez

Diversify The Landscape By Diversifying Who Works It

Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.

March 13, 2017

 

rows of corn

Monsanto Rep Counsels Indiana Farmers On Bridging Ag Divides

Monsanto's director of millennial engagement told Indiana Farm Bureau members to rethink how they talk about the food system with young and urban residents.

March 13, 2017

 

bacon

Eating More Or Less Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death

Too much bacon, or too few nuts, can influence the risk of death from heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, a study finds.

March 13, 2017

 

A sign on the western edge of the fire evacuation zone in Kansas

Wildfires Threaten Ranchers In Cattle Country

The largest of the fires spread from the Oklahoma Panhandle into southwest Kansas, and has consumed more than 800,000 acres of prime grassland.

March 13, 2017

 

honeybee collects nectar

Planet Money, Episode 756: The Bees Go To California

Every spring convoys of trucks arrive in almond orchards carrying bees. But why make the 2,000 mile trek instead of raising bees right in central California?

March 12, 2017

 

Hanna Walker

How My Father And I Learned To Separate Curds And Whey

Carolyn Beans and her father took a crash course in mozzarella. The experience offered valuable insight into the science and history of cheese-making.

March 10, 2017

 

greenhouse

Greenhouse Has Neighbors Throwing Shade Over Light Pollution

LEF Farms is investing $10 million to grow lettuce indoors in New Hampshire. Neighbors support locally grown food but worry lights may affect property values.

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