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April 24, 2017

 

aquafaba

Vegan Cookbooks Spill The Beans About Aquafaba

The discovery that the liquid from canned beans can be whipped into an egg white substitute has taken the vegan world by storm.

April 22, 2017

 

Wholesum Harvest

Fair-Trade Label Comes To U.S. Farms

Since 1998, Fair Trade USA has been certifying farms overseas that met its standards for workers and the environment. Now, the group is looking closer to home.

April 20, 2017

 

bob's red mill gluten-free

When Gluten Is The Villain, Could Common Virus Be The Trigger?

About 30 percent of Americans are predisposed to celiac disease but only 1 percent get it. A common virus may play a role in determining who gets the disease.

April 20, 2017

 

Workers install solar panels on the roof of a barn.

Solar Boom Sparks Worry Over Lost Crop Land

With solar companies offering top dollar to rent farmland, ag officials are concerned converted farmland could be permanently lost.

April 20, 2017

 

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Study: Climate Change Forces New Choices For Farmers

The study measures the difference in number and occurrence of field working days the climate becomes more volatile to agriculture.

April 19, 2017

 

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Indiana Egg Producers Scramble To Meet Cage-Free Demand

Going cage-free is a costly, time-consuming process for even the biggest egg producers, like Indiana's Rose Acre Farms.

April 19, 2017

 

Kara Dethlefsen

When Active-Duty Service Members Struggle To Feed Families

About 23,000 military families rely on food stamps, but advocates say that number is only a partial picture of the need among people who are currently serving.

April 19, 2017

 

Rob Fleming

Growing A Prairie In The Shadow Of An Agribusiness Legacy

The names Wallace and Garst loom large in the modern history of farming. Some descendants of these agriculture titans are trying to leave a different legacy.

April 17, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Worried About Lack Of Rural Focus

Tom Vilsack is particularly troubled by the proposed elimination of a program that gives grant money to small towns to upgrade water treatment facilities.

April 13, 2017

 

selling bread

With Food Scarce In Venezuela, Bakers Accused Of Hoarding

Authorities control flour, and bakers say there isn't enough. But officials say bakers are diverting flour to more profitable brownies.

April 12, 2017

 

vending machine

Forcing People To Wait Nudges Them To Buy Healthier Snacks

Buy an unhealthy snack and these vending machines take 25 seconds. Healthy fare drops instantly. Research suggests this "time tax" helps us make better choices.

April 11, 2017

 

fried food

Obesity Shifts To Low Income Families In Mexico

Historically, prevalence of obesity in Mexico was associated with higher socioeconomic status. A new study shows that's changing, and impacting teen girls.

April 11, 2017

 

soybeans

How A Lack Of Farm Data Could Hurt Farmers

Fewer farmers are responding to USDA surveys, which could throw off data, leaving farmers to fend for themselves when making choices for their businesses.

April 8, 2017

 

drawing

Broth-Loving Hipsters Are Pushing Up The Price Of Bones

With bone broth mania sweeping parts of the U.S., cheap bones are harder to come by. Some broth makers are moving to new bones, like alpaca.

April 7, 2017

 

kelp

Alaska’s Kelp Industry Helps Drive Sea-To-Table Movement

While the state has a bountiful coastline it doesn't have easy access to kelp seed. Scientists are trying to incubate varieties that can be domestically farmed.

April 7, 2017

 

fisherman

The Race To Fish Slows Down

Catch shares allot fishermen a portion of the catch in advance, in hopes of keeping them from racing each other to sea, sometimes in risky climes.

April 6, 2017

 

Workers pick sweet potatoes

Lack Of Protection For Migrants Puts Food System At Risk

A new report from Johns Hopkins University says a lack of rights for undocumented farm workers threatens public health and the food system.

April 6, 2017

 

coke bottles

Judges Take Up Big Soda’s Suit To Abolish Philly’s Sugar Tax

An appeals court hears arguments Wednesday on the future of Philadelphia's landmark tax on sweetened drinks.

April 6, 2017

 

sugar

Soda Taxes And Small Candy Bars: Two Countries Fight Sugar

The U.K. and Canada released reports last month detailing efforts to reduce sugar consumption in their respective countries, with two different approaches.

April 5, 2017

 

tractor in a corn field

Watch: Many Midwest Farmers Wary Of Changes To NAFTA

With the prospect of the deal being re-worked or scrapped, some farmers are wondering why the President wants to mess with what they perceive as a good thing.

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