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July 26, 2017

 

Bartender Robin Miller

America’s Taste For Mezcal Good For Mexico’s Small Producers

Oaxaca is the heart of mezcal country, where the pungent booze is made from the same plant as tequila by traditional distillers.

July 25, 2017

 

compost

Regenerative Ag Movement Proposes New Food Label

Regenerative agriculture practitioners say their own label would compete with the "organic" label and raise the standards of food production.

July 24, 2017

 

Open Bite Night

A Grassroots Food Festival With Profound Aspirations

Open Bite Night began as cookouts in Indianapolis' MLK neighborhood. Now, locals use the block parties as launching pads for their business ideas.

July 21, 2017

 

farm worker runs a tine weeder

Zapping Noxious Weeds On Organic Farms Harder Than You Think

There are few inexpensive and low-labor options to control the aggressive field invaders, which potentially cut into their profits.

July 19, 2017

 

elevated strawberry farm

Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air

Hezam Kittani liked the elevated, computerized planters funded by USAID. But he wanted to figure out a way to build the system without relying on grants.

July 19, 2017

 

aid parcels

Why It’s So Hard To Stop The World’s Looming Famines

Millions of people in Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa are facing food shortages and severe malnutrition. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Justin Forsyth of UNICEF.

July 19, 2017

 

food graphic

What’s The Difference Between Famine And Hunger? A Food FAQ

We asked our readers what they wanted to know about world hunger? So many thoughtful questions came in that we did a roundup of queries about hunger and famine.

July 18, 2017

 

Cattle feed at a Nebraska feedlot.

Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama

The animal “at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States,” according to the USDA.

July 18, 2017

 

The sun sets on a Whole Foods store in Austin, TX

Grocers Brace After Amazon’s Whole Foods Takeover

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods in June rocked the grocery industry and inspired a flood of speculation from analysts.

July 18, 2017

 

Rooftop Republic

On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

July 17, 2017

 

Grandview R-II School district

Rural Students Head Online When Schools Don’t Offer Physics

One rural school district in Missouri offers credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can’t afford.

July 14, 2017

 

espresso

Italy’s Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals, Mysterious Rules

Can you drink cappuccino after breakfast? Should you take espresso in a cup or a glass? Italy has much to say about when and how to enjoy it.

July 13, 2017

 

school lunch

USDA Requires Schools To Outline “Lunch Shaming” Policies

The federal agency wants school districts to better communicate with parents their policies for unpaid student lunch debts.

July 13, 2017

 

Tilted Shed's

An Ancient Spanish Style Of Cider Takes Root In America

The tart, funky-tasting "sidra natural" can taste a bit off to first-timers. but as America's craft hard-cider market grows, people are warming up to the drink.

July 12, 2017

 

red snapper

Who Fishes For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It’s All Politics

The fish were nearly wiped out from the Gulf 20 or 30 years ago, so the catch is closely regulated.

July 11, 2017

 

cows

Rules Against Animal Cruelty Raise Stake For India’s Beef Wars

The rules ban cattle sale for slaughter at livestock markets and come at a time of escalating tensions between Hindu extremists and beef-eating minorities.

July 10, 2017

 

An Iowa soybean harvest

Missouri Suspends Sales Of Controversial Pesticide Dicamba

Dicamba is suspected in the damage of tens of thousands of farm acres primarily in Arkansas, but also in southeast Missouri and in neighboring states.

July 10, 2017

 

charred trees

Great Plains Sees Massive Increase In Wildfires

Wildfires can be started by neglected campfires or cigarette butts. They can ignite from prescribed burns run amok or launch from lightning strikes.

July 7, 2017

 

Estela and Enrique Peralta

Los Angeles Moves Closer To Legalizing Sidewalk Food Vendors

A campaign to legalize street vending is gaining strength from local resistance to President Trump's immigration policies.

July 6, 2017

 

A fence post with barbed wire borders the edge of a farm at sunset.

Study Shows Farmer Suicide Rate Still Rising

New research indicates that the suicide rate for farmers has continued to climb higher since the 1980s compared to workers in other industries.

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