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April 21, 2016

 

hunting for morels in a forest

After Fires In West, Mushroom Hunters ‘Chase The Burn’

Foragers are now scouring the hills in California in search of black morels — prized mushrooms which grow in land ravaged by forest fires.

April 21, 2016

 

A farmer sprays agricultural chemicals on a field

Europe Bans Herbicides Linked To Cancer And Infertility

The European Commission has put a moratorium on the use of two weed killers that disrupt human hormones.

April 21, 2016

 

White mushrooms

GMO Fungus Could Soon Be Among Us

A genetically modified mushroom could soon hit grocery store shelves, without governmental regulation or oversight.

April 20, 2016

 

certified non-gmo

3 Things You Should Know About GMO Labels

What are GMO labels, and what do they tell you? Here are three things you should know, from the reporters at Harvest Public Media.

April 18, 2016

 

cattle

Farmers Back TPP Deal To Stay Competitive

Free trade agreements open the door to get more American beef, soybeans and rice into other countries at more competitive prices.

April 18, 2016

 

A combine works a feed corn field

Acreage For GMO Crops Shrinks in 2015

A new report says the amount of land used to grow genetically modified food declined last year for the first time in two decades.

April 15, 2016

 

Salmon

GMO Salmon Production Expanding In Canada

AquaBounty wants to repurpose a 38-year-old fish hatchery on Prince Edward Island to support its growing GMO salmon operation.

April 14, 2016

 

Food from a USAID-funded program arrives in Port au Prince, Haiti.

US House Passes Global Food Security Plan

The US House passed a 5-year food security bill aimed at fighting hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.

April 14, 2016

 

Kelly Nissen

Feeding Bacteria To Livestock Could Cut Antibiotic Use

Beneficial bacteria can help prevent you (or a cow) from getting sick. If they protect the animals from infection, farmers will need fewer antibiotics.

April 13, 2016

 

bee on a dandelion

Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products.

April 13, 2016

 

cows

Are Farmers Doing Enough To Control Antibiotic Resistance?

Federal agencies are changing some of the rules for how antibiotics are used on farms, which is raising questions about when antibiotics are really necessary.

April 12, 2016

 

asian carp

Eating Away Indiana’s Asian Carp Problem

The invasive Asian carp reproduce rapidly, allowing them to take over waterways. Indiana's DNR hopes to encourage more fishermen to harvest the fish for food.

April 12, 2016

 

A salt chaker displayed on a grate

Watchdog Calls For Revised Salt Guidelines

A watchdog group is pressing the White House to take action on salt guidelines in packaged foods and restaurant meals by this summer.

April 12, 2016

 

Refrigerated Trucks

FDA Launches New Food Transport Rules To Boost Safety

The FDA introduced stricter rules on cleaning and refrigeration for vehicles that carry food.

April 12, 2016

 

Monarch on milkweed

Study: Monarch Butterflies Could Be Extinct In Two Decades

New research from the Scripps Institute for Oceanography says the monarch butterfly population may be beyond recovery in the next 20 years.

April 7, 2016

 

baby eating rice cereal

FDA Proposes Limit On Arsenic In Rice

The FDA proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal, the same limit put forth by the European Union.

April 7, 2016

 

holding basket of vegetables

Indiana Adding Organic Farms Faster Than National Average

There are now nearly 22,000 certified organic operations in the U.S. Last year, Indiana added 81 organic farms, with another 11 added so far in 2016.

April 6, 2016

 

food waste and tractor

Can We Turn Leftover Food Into Electricity?

Anaerobic digesters solve a few problems at once -- generate renewable energy, divert food waste from landfills and cut down on harmful emissions.

April 6, 2016

 

cornfield

China Selling Corn Stockpiles, Driving Prices Down

American farmers may plant more corn this summer than they have in years, but China's announcement could drive down prices.

April 6, 2016

 

Seed labels from the J.C. Robinson Seed Company

Big Seed: Consolidation Shrinking The Industry Even Further

Over the past century, small-town seed businesses have given way to global enterprises. How a small seed company in Nebraska helps explain the transformation.

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