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July 5, 2017

 

bee and flower

Can Bee Buzzes Predict Pollination Success For Farmers?

A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields.

July 5, 2017

 

wild bees

Study: Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere

A new study conducted across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby, but the damage depends on local conditions.

July 5, 2017

 

Beehives in an apiary

Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California’s Great Hive Heist

This year authorities uncovered a "beehive chop shop:" nearly $1 million in stolen hives in a field in Fresno County.

July 4, 2017

 

peaches

Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes Bite Out Of Georgia Peach Crop

A warm winter in Georgia, followed by a March freeze wiped out most of this year's crop, and what's left may not leave the state.

July 4, 2017

 

drawing

How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores.

July 3, 2017

 

fishermen

Will Fish Get A Humanely Harvested Label?

Beef and poultry get labels designating humane treatment; seafood doesn't. Two fishermen want to change that.

July 3, 2017

 

the potlicker papers

Paying Down Southern Food’s Great ‘Debt Of Pleasure’

In his book The Potlikker Papers, John T. Edge tells modern Southern history through food, which means digging into issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity.

June 29, 2017

 

whole foods market

Whole Foods’ Small Suppliers Think Amazon Will Be Good For Them

Small companies that gave Whole Foods its local-food image are relieved Amazon is taking over, but their hopes may collide with Amazon's cost-cutting tactics.

June 29, 2017

 

A wine box made from mushroom flesh sits in the grass

New Source For Food Packaging: Food Waste

Several efforts are underway to turn food byproducts into food containers to curb plastic pollution and food waste at the same time.

June 28, 2017

 

Fallen Fruit's public art installations

This Art Group Installs Pick-Your-Own-Fruit Parks Around LA

Since 2004, Fallen Fruit has been planting fruit trees around Los Angeles. The trees produce hundreds of pounds of produce a year — all free to the public.

June 28, 2017

 

An automated  gardening  robot  tends to a raised bed.

Robot Farmers Preparing For Future Invasion

Amid labor shortages and rising global demand for food, companies are developing better and smarter robots to fill gaps and boost production in the field.

June 27, 2017

 

small town of Haxton

High-Tech Farms Take Hold, How Do Nearby Towns Stay Afloat?

As each new innovation came to market, farmers who could afford it jumped on board. Those who could not were unable to keep up. And it's still true in Colorado.

June 26, 2017

 

Farmer Tim Mueller

The Gamble Of The Farmers That Raise Our Chicken

Farmers sign multi-million dollar deals to do business with big corporations. It requires a major investment from farmers, who hope the investment will pay off.

June 24, 2017

 

corn field

Kansas Jury Sides With Farmers In Syngenta Lawsuit

A federal jury found seed giant Syngenta negligent when it introduced strains of genetically engineered corn seed that were not approved for import by China.

June 22, 2017

 

baby food

Lead Detected In Baby Food Samples

Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians say there's no safe lead level.

June 21, 2017

 

Multicolored soda bottles displayed in a case

Soda Taxes Making Ripples

Several municipalities across the US are looking into benefits and side effects of soda taxes that have recently passed or are now going into effect.

June 20, 2017

 

Jon McConaughy

This Farmer Wants To Give Animals A Better Life — And Death

Farmer Jon McConaughy's animals live their whole lives on his farm, and they die there, too. He tries to make the end as stress-free and respectful as he can.

June 20, 2017

 

Zirlott family's oyster farm

7 Years After BP Oil Spill, Oyster Farming Takes Hold In South

The "off-bottom" production method, in which oysters are grown in hanging baskets tumbled by waves, is starting to flourish on the Gulf coast.

June 19, 2017

 

beakers

Worry About The ‘Growing Threat’ Of Agricultural Espionage

Intellectual property is often hard to protect, no matter what form it takes. The technology used in our food system, however, presents a unique challenge.

June 17, 2017

 

dow dupont

Dow, DuPont Merger Approved By US Antitrust Regulators

Once merged, the companies plan to then split off into three separate businesses, one of which will be focused on agriculture.

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