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February 15, 2017

 

Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor: Hidden Human Costs Of Those Lists

Those all-too-common lists of cheap places to eat are part of a broader restaurant culture that devalues immigrant labor and ignores the consequences.

February 15, 2017

 

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Increased Immigration Enforcement Sets Ag Industry On Edge

Undocumented immigrants make up a significant portion of the country’s agricultural workforce. A crackdown on immigrant workers could put farms at-risk.

February 15, 2017

 

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Corn Made This Society Big, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

Mississippian American Indian culture rose to power by farming corn. New evidence suggests dramatic change in climate might have led to its collapse in 1300s.

February 14, 2017

 

valentine's day drawing

Chocolate: Sweet (But Not So Innocent) Consort To Valentine’s Day

From the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac, but it took many centuries for it to become the taste of the love holiday.

February 14, 2017

 

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This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free

Pat Brown was a renowned biomedical researcher. But he left that to tackle what he saw as the biggest problem facing Earth: animal agriculture.

February 14, 2017

 

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Embezzlement Probe Adds To Questions About Beef Checkoff Oversight

The check-off is a network of 45 state-based boards and councils that collects the money to promote the beef industry.

February 13, 2017

 

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To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture

What's the single most important thing that the world's farmers could do to reduce global warming? Give cattle faster-growing, more nutritious pasture.

February 13, 2017

 

farmer with millet

A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers

Faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing drought tolerant millets to people's diets.

February 13, 2017

 

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Chlorpyrifos: Linked To Autism, Still On The Market

The safety of chlorpyrifos has been in question for almost three decades. The next step is an outright ban by the EPA, though it's unclear if that will happen.

February 12, 2017

 

portrait of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As Weapon Of Control

As a young man, Douglass escaped slavery and became a heroic abolitionist who revealed how food was a key tool in the immoral mechanics of slavery.

February 11, 2017

 

Juno DeMelo

When Man’s Best Friend Is The Worst At Truffle Hunting

Some dogs have long been bred specifically to sniff out truffles, but could any old dog be trained to pick up this lucrative new trick?

February 10, 2017

 

pig farm

Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

Iowa is the largest pork producer in the country. Melissa Block visits a pig farm for NPR's series "Our Land."

February 10, 2017

 

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Organic Animal Welfare Rules Delayed, Giving Opponents Hope

Implementation of the rules has been pushed back thanks to President Donald Trump’s “regulatory freeze.”

February 9, 2017

 

Egg-laying hens are confined in cages

Egg Farm Charged Under New Animal Cruelty Law

A chicken ranch in southern California is facing animal cruelty charges that could test a new law banning extreme confinement.

February 9, 2017

 

field of wheat

Don’t Call It Wheat: Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Researchers developed a new wheat-like species called Salish Blue. It grows back year after year, which not only cuts down on work, but helps prevent erosion.

February 9, 2017

 

Everyman Espresso

Amid Travel Ban Debate, Chefs And Food Brands Take A Stand

From pledges to hire refugees to fundraisers for the ACLU, food businesses large and small are getting vocal about their support for immigrants.

February 9, 2017

 

corn

Farm Income Forecast To Drop For Fourth-Straight Year

The price of foundational crops like corn and wheat have slipped dramatically in recent years, leaving many farmers struggling to break even.

February 8, 2017

 

fleece jacket in a corn field

Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Fleece jackets have transformed our experience of the outdoors. But little, tiny synthetic fibers that fleece is made of could also be ending up in our diets.

February 7, 2017

 

Mana Heshmati, founder of the Detroit-based Peace Meal Kitchen

Detroit Pop-Up Dinner Series Protests Trump’s Travel Ban

Peace Meal Kitchen began as a way to use food to dispel misconceptions about Iran. In the wake of new immigration restrictions, its mission has morphed.

February 7, 2017

 

Farmers Gualberto Casanova (left) and Dionisio Yam Moo

Climate Change Disrupts Mayans’ Traditional Farming Practices

Climate change has brought erratic rainfall to Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, forcing local Mayan farmers to modernize their centuries-old farming practices.

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