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June 11, 2015

 

Nick Dice with marijuana plants

Colorado’s Pot Industry Is On Its Own With Pesticides

The parts of the federal government that regulate agricultural pesticide use want nothing to do with legalized marijuana.

June 11, 2015

 

crop

Monsanto Makes Bid For Swiss Seed Company Syngenta

In an effort to make the world's largest seed and pesticide company, Monsanto has offered to buy Syngenta. But the Swiss company isn't accepting -- yet.

June 10, 2015

 

A doughnut decorated with multicolored sprinkles

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Door For Delivery

To the dismay of health advocates, Dunkin' Donuts is the latest fast food chain to consider home delivery services.

June 9, 2015

 

Farmer Brian Fleischmann

Farmers With Prosthetics Face Durability Challenges

According to the National Safety Council, 1 out of every 10 agriculture injuries results in amputation.

June 8, 2015

 

Food waste ferments in a compost bin

France Tackles Food Waste, Fight Goes Global

The French government has passed a law requiring supermarkets to give unsold food to charities. Activists are pressuring the UN to follow suit.

June 4, 2015

 

A sign on a door warns

Research Gives Hope To Food Allergy Sufferers

Researchers at Stanford are exposing small amounts of offending foods to those who suffer from food allergies to “train” immune systems to stop overreacting.

June 4, 2015

 

John Mettler and Sarah Chan

Careful Food Formulation Can Yield Trendy Label Claims

Whether a label says it’s low in fat, produced without hormones, or a good source of protein is largely governed by consumer demand and corporate profit.

June 3, 2015

 

Broiler chickens on an organic farm

Foster Farms Joins Wave Against Antibiotics

California-based Foster Farms has announced it will cut back on antibiotics used to treat humans in its poultry.

June 3, 2015

 

KFC China

KFC Sues Chinese Companies Over Social Media Rumors

KFC, still reeling from a 2014 food scandal in China, is fighting back to protect its reputation against social media rumors.

June 2, 2015

 

turkeys

Indiana Trains Prisoners To Combat Avian Flu

The avian flu has killed about 10 percent of the nation's laying flock population.

June 1, 2015

 

Nathan Davis and Emily Hurban

Where Do Processed Foods Come From?

A class at Iowa State University encourages students to invent a new food product and demonstrate how they would take it to the marketplace.

May 28, 2015

 

box of produce

Green BEAN Grocery Delivery Service Expands To Bloomington

Green BEAN Delivery dropped off one ton of fresh produce to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

May 28, 2015

 

Kristin Wolf

Even In The Heartland, ‘Going Local’ Is Tough For Chefs

Finding enough farmers is a challenge for chefs who want to go local, but the infrastructure is growing and more restaurants are overcoming those barriers.

May 27, 2015

 

Wal-Mart

Walmart Asks Farmers To Improve Animal Welfare

Walmart has urged meat and egg suppliers to reduce use of antibiotics and improve treatment of animals.

May 26, 2015

 

embryos

‘Stud Dames’ Spread U.S. Cow Genetics Far And Wide

Elite-cattle breeders and commercial beef and dairy producers use embryo transfer to reproduce dozens of calves a year from their genetically superior heifers.

May 22, 2015

 

Oil drums

Farm Loses 57,700 Turkeys To Tainted Oil Sold As Food Grade

The industrial waste oil passed off as food-grade oil contained lascadoil—a combination of oleic acid, soy oil, and lasalocid sodium, used in animal drugs.

May 21, 2015

 

dead poultry

Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

The outbreak has affected 174 farms in 15 states. Because there's no vaccine, infected and even healthy birds must be killed to try to stop the virus.

May 21, 2015

 

A look at the Vibrio bacteria through an electron microscope

CDC Report Shows Ups And Downs In Food Poisoning

A new report from the CDC shows that E. coli and other foodborne illnesses are down, but a deadly, less common type of food poisoning is growing.

May 21, 2015

 

Target store

Target Moves Away From Packaged Foods, Towards Fresh Foods

Target is a major player when it comes to food purchasing -- Americans spend $15 billion in food at its stores annually.

May 21, 2015

 

bees

White House Releases Strategy To Save Bees

The White House's plan outlines how to save habitat and promote research. Some environmentalists wonder if it goes far enough to protect pollinators.

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