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February 25, 2016

 

A man sprays pesticides on crops.

Report: Pesticide Mixtures Threaten Human Health

A new UCLA report shows that combinations of commonly used pesticides can create toxic cocktails that increase health risks.

February 25, 2016

 

Panera's Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich on Tomato Basil bread

Judge Rules NYC Can Require Sodium Warnings On Menus

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released in January, recommend limiting sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (about 1 teaspoon) per day.

February 24, 2016

 

Campbell’s soup can with gmo label

Five Important Places In The GMO Labeling Fight

The latest showdown in the GMO labeling battle is set for Thursday when U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts plans to force a vote on a draft bill in the Senate Ag Committee.

February 24, 2016

 

Bernie Sanders

Sanders: Allow States To Label GMOs

While presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders supports allowing states to require GMO labels, his campaign says he “does not believe that GMOs are necessarily bad.”

February 23, 2016

 

Flint Farmers' Market

Moving Flint Farmers Market Drew More Poor Shoppers

When Flint, Michigan moved its farmers market closer to public transportation, it made healthy foods more accessible to low-income shoppers.

February 23, 2016

 

Sara Carrillo

Unaccompanied Minors Join Rural Immigrant Communities

We meet 17-year-old Diego, one of the 20,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America who made the journey through Mexico to the U.S. border last year.

February 22, 2016

 

Minnesota farmland

More U.S. Farms Close Up Shop, Remaining Ones Grow Larger

Farming has been moving in this direction since World War II. Midsize farms get bigger. They consolidate. The ones that don’t survive close up and sell.

February 18, 2016

 

Currant tomatoes, a wild variety of the cultivated version, hang on a vine.

Study Finds Wild Tomatoes Are More Resistant To Pests

A new study has found that commercial tomatoes lack pest-repelling traits still found in wild varieties.

February 18, 2016

 

A sign in a store announces SNAP payments are accepted.

USDA Pushes More Healthy Options For SNAP Customers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed rules to force stores that accept food stamps to offer healthier foods.

February 17, 2016

 

Mileidis Bolivar on rooftop garden

Facing Severe Food Shortages, Venezuela Pushes Urban Gardens

In Venezuela, bread, meat, milk and other staples are scarce these days. So the government is urging urban slum dwellers to grow and raise their own food.

February 15, 2016

 

locust

In Argentina, A Locust Plague For The Ages

As a major agricultural player, Argentina is a place whose rural problems raise eyebrows in U.S. farm country.

February 12, 2016

 

New Hampshire's Statehouse

GMO Label Law Falls Short In New Hampshire

New Hampshire's House voted down a GMO labeling law this week, while a House committee in Rhode Island held a hearing on similar measures.

February 11, 2016

 

tractor sowing seeds

Obama Budget Would Cut Crop Insurance

The budget would make cuts to the crop insurance system, allocate more funds for agricultural research and fund a summer program to provides free meals to kids.

February 11, 2016

 

Domestic turkeys mill about in a holding pen

USDA Slammed For Slow Suffocation In Bird Flu Culls

In a bird flu outbreak in Indiana last month, some of the 400,000 euthanized birds were killed by “ventilation shutdown,” a method the USDA approved last year.

February 9, 2016

 

beekeeper

New Research Shows People Help Move Deadly Bee Virus

Researchers explain that moving bee hives across long distances, as is common in the U.S. to pollinate crops, speeds up the process of disease spread.

February 9, 2016

 

dairy cattle

America’s Cows Are Churning Out More Milk Than Ever

Like nearly everything in agriculture, the increase in milk production doesn’t come without a few trade-offs.

February 5, 2016

 

Meat products at a grocery store in Fairfax, Virginia

Food Safety Rules To Target Salmonella In Poultry Products

USDA has had success cutting the proportion of whole chickens found with salmonella. Now it’s focusing on cut-up chicken parts and ground chicken and turkey.

February 4, 2016

 

KFC and McDonald's signs are displayed over a road in Xiamen, China.

U.S. Company Disputes China Court Ruling On Meat Scandal

A U.S. food company has rejected the decision of a Chinese court saying the company broke food safety laws.

February 4, 2016

 

Salmon swimming upstream

U.S. Temporarily Bans Import Of GE Salmon

The FDA has blocked the import of genetically modified salmon until the agency publishes final label guidelines.

February 4, 2016

 

cashing out at grocery store

This Rural Nebraska Grocery Store Is ‘More Than A Store’

Circle C Market serves the village of Cody, Nebraska. During the school day, local students perform tasks at the store as part of their classwork.

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