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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.

March 9, 2017

 

lent bowl

A Lenten Soup Flavored With Centuries Of Tradition

This thick, creamy stew features 12 "grains" to represent the Twelve Apostles and cod to denote Jesus, a meal befitting Ecuador's elaborate Lenten traditions.

March 9, 2017

 

drawing

Study: Fewer Overweight People Try To Lose Weight

Some worry what this trend means for chronic disease. Others see an upside: Diets often fail, but a healthy body image can lead to healthy outcomes.

March 9, 2017

 

A portable gluten detector sits next to a breakfast plate

Portable Gadget Tests Food For Allergens

A much-anticipated portable device for detecting gluten in food has hit the market.

March 9, 2017

 

chickens

China Reports Worst Bird Flu Season On Record

China has confirmed 460 cases of the H7N9 bird flu virus since last October, the most of any season since the first human case was reported in 2013.

March 9, 2017

 

soy milk

For Breast Cancer Survivors, Soy Tied To Longevity Boost

New research finds eating soy milk, edamame and tofu does not have harmful effects for women with breast cancer, as some have worried.

March 8, 2017

 

farming holding cocoa pods

Cocoa Crisis For Ivory Coast’s Farmers

A bumper crop combined with a fall in the global demand for chocolate and a dip in cocoa prices are hurting Ivory Coast cocoa farmers.

March 8, 2017

 

A Colorado farm field

Study: Agriculture Should Ramp Up Response To Climate Change

New research identifies the Corn Belt as the region where climate change could have the biggest impact on overall farm productivity.

March 8, 2017

 

Lac qui Parle River watershed of Minnesota

Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations

Many farmers are successfully fending off environmental regulation, from the Clean Water Rule to a lawsuit in Iowa that's aimed at reducing nitrates in rivers.

March 7, 2017

 

half-cracked egg

Unscrambling The Nutrition Science On Eggs

As more research suggests some degree of dietary cholesterol is harmless, if not healthy, the egg's reputation is slowly returning.

March 7, 2017

 

farmer hauling hay

Farmers Wary As Federal Ag And Energy Leadership Shifts

In Trump’s Cabinet, oil-rich states like Texas and Oklahoma are well represented, making some in the Corn Belt worry about the future of corn-based ethanol.

March 7, 2017

 

Amba Estate, a 26-acre tea plantation in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing

The island nation is one of the world's biggest exporters of tea. We visit one organic tea farm that shares revenues with its workers.

March 6, 2017

 

Kansas farmer Phil Holman-Hebert

In Search Of Profit, Some Conventional Farmers May Go Local

Despite Kansas’s place as a prime farm state, just a tiny fraction of the produce consumed there is produced locally. That represents opportunity for farmers.

March 5, 2017

 

Cacao pods

Reviving Puerto Rico’s Cocoa Farms

Cocoa plantations in Puerto Rico were wiped out centuries ago. Now, local pride and the sheer love of chocolate are bringing back local cocoa.

March 4, 2017

 

butter

Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory

From its origins as a happy accident 10,000 years ago, to its role as the centerpiece of a school "rebellion," the tabletop staple has had quite a life.

March 2, 2017

 

wet field

Sorry Salad Lovers: We May Have No Mesclun Mix For Two Weeks

There may be a nationwide shortage of salad mix in a few weeks. You can blame wet weather in Arizona and California.

March 2, 2017

 

subway sign

DNA Tests Find Subway Chicken Only 50 Percent Meat

A CBC investigative consumer show ordered the DNA analysis. The sandwich chain unilaterally denies the accusation, calling the claims "absolutely false."

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