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August 24, 2016

 

berkeley soda tax

Berkeley’s Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption

A new study finds the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugary drinks, but it's uncertain if the effect will be permanent.

August 23, 2016

 

savories preserves

Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists

Savory jams tap into a love affair with foods that marry salt and sugar. They let people eat local fruits and vegetables year-round.

August 22, 2016

 

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Vilsack Hopes Next Administration Continues Diverse Scope

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama’s original cabinet, and has been at the helm of USDA since 2009.

August 22, 2016

 

Undaria pinnatifida

Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs… With Seaweed

Some scientists want to boost the nutritional profile of hot dogs and hamburgers by adding seaweed to the meats.

August 22, 2016

 

barn weather vane

Old Barns Are Turning Into Hot Decorating Product

While the dilapidated barn might be a nuisance for farmers, reclaimed barn wood is a hot decorating trend from Manhattan to Manhattan Beach

August 21, 2016

 

shrimp

Shrimp Grown In Tanks Coming To A Market Near You

The U.S. appetite for shrimp is often fed in unsavory ways. In New York's Hudson Valley, an indoor aqua farm is raising an alternative.

August 19, 2016

 

bread bits

Can You Turn Scraps Into Premium Products?

Entrepreneurs hope customers will pony up for high-end foods made from rescued ingredients.

August 18, 2016

 

chickens

Study: Vegan Diet Less Sustainable Than Previously Thought

The study confirms that a diet incorporating some meat and animal products may feed more people around the globe.

August 16, 2016

 

Auctioneer Spanky Assiter

Buy And Dry: Farmers Sell Water Rights To Thirsty Cities

Increasingly, water in Colorado is more valuable coming out of lawn sprinklers and bathroom faucets than growing sugar beets.

August 15, 2016

 

Chefs Massimo Bottura and Carlos Garcia

Chefs Turns Leftovers Into Fine Dining For Brazil’s Hungry

World-renowned chef Massimo Bottura is putting his culinary skills to use with a world-class soup kitchen in Rio de Janeiro.

August 15, 2016

 

bees

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.

August 15, 2016

 

hops in hand

Indiana Hops Farmers Go All-In On Trendy Specialty

The booming craft beer industry is encouraging more and more upstart Indiana growers to invest long-term in hops.

August 14, 2016

 

cartoon

Should We Make Room For Worms On Our Dinner Plate?

Earthworms are a source of protein, calcium and much more. But they may not be the top option for feeding a hungry world.

August 12, 2016

 

A half-rolled yoga mat lies on a floor

Fast Food Companies Quietly Drop Yoga-Mat Chemical

Two years ago Subway removed a chemical used in yoga mats and other industrial products from its bread. Others have too, but why don’t they brag about it?

August 11, 2016

 

pig farm

Chicago Tribune: Illinois Pork Production Regulation Flawed

The Tribune found the regulatory system designed to protect rural communities actually exploits state laws to build more facilities that mass-produce pork.

August 11, 2016

 

watermelon pickers

Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

Farmworkers in South Texas marched 200 miles for better wages and working conditions, but the strike failed and workers today are still systematically underpay.

August 8, 2016

 

berries

Driscoll’s Berry Pickers Organize Boycotts, Protests

Workers at Sakura Bros. farms in Washington state are locked in a years-long battle with their employer for better working condition and wages.

August 8, 2016

 

farmer Tom Willis

Kansas Farmers Try New Irrigation System To Save Water

Kansas Water Office is teaming with farmers to demonstrate that new irrigation methods can reduce the demand on the Ogallala Aquifer without sacrificing yields.

August 8, 2016

 

insects in a hand

Watch: The Insect Factory That Breeds Better Bugs

Colorado’s Insectary began in response to a peach pest called oriental fruit moth that devastated the local crop in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

August 7, 2016

 

spaghetti

Most Of Us Think We Eat Healthy, Evidence Says We’re Wrong

80 percent of American adults don't eat enough fruits, veggies and whole grains. Yet a Truven Health Analytics poll suggests we eat with blinders on.

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