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May 31, 2017

 

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How To Give Vegan Ice Cream That Creamy Taste Minus The Milk

Vegan frozen desserts abound today, but replicating the complex choreography of water, protein, fat and sugar that milk usually takes care of is a challenge.

May 30, 2017

 

dry field

Uncertainty Ahead For Government Climate Research

Farmers may not be able to depend on research conducted by the government to help them adapt to climate change.

May 29, 2017

 

A farmer walks through a field in India

India Court Grapples With High Rate Of Farmer Suicides

Advocates in India are asking the country’s supreme court to increase pay for farmers to curb high rates of suicide amid rampant debt and crop failures.

May 29, 2017

 

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If Raw Fruit Gives You A Tingly Mouth, It’s a Real Syndrome

Pollen allergies can trigger allergic reactions to fruits and vegetables. The condition can come on suddenly and often goes undiagnosed.

May 29, 2017

 

A chicken house in Florida

Advocates Call For Action On Factory Animal Farming

A group of advocates is calling for the WHO to take stronger action and issue stronger warnings against industrial animal farming.

May 28, 2017

 

cloud eggs

Cloud Eggs: The Latest Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago. They're a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

May 26, 2017

 

A man walks toward the entrance to the seed vault

Global Seed Vault Totally OK But Not OK

Record high temperatures and rainfall last year caused unusually large leaks in a global backup system meant to protect against climate change.

May 25, 2017

 

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Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs

Some 55 percent of families with kids on SNAP have jobs — they just don't earn enough to live on.

May 25, 2017

 

Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, Food Donations Aren’t

Pantries in southwest Virginia will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

May 24, 2017

 

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Congress And Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers.

May 23, 2017

 

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NAFTA Renegotiation Puts Agriculture Groups On Edge

While it’s difficult to pin a dollar figure on how NAFTA has directly affected farmers and ranchers in the U.S., it has opened up markets for certain products.

May 23, 2017

 

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Nacho Cheese Sauce Tainted With Botulism Kills California Man

An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.

May 23, 2017

 

Cattle rancher Mike John

Farmers Looking For New Markets Worry They’re Losing Out On Trade

Even more disconcerting is news that Japan has pitched the idea of a mini-TPP, which would exclude the U.S. and lower tariffs among competitors.

May 22, 2017

 

A backyard chicken sits in its coup in Seattle

Backyard Chicken Movement Outfoxes Restrictions

As the ranks of backyard chicken enthusiasts grows across North America, municipalities are wrestling with ways to keep it safe and legal.

May 22, 2017

 

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Big Data Is Transforming How Breeders Create Better Seeds

The time-honored tradition of crossbreeding plants to get the best traits is no longer the primary way science is done. Now, we harness the power of Big Data.

May 21, 2017

 

Author Michael Ruhlman

Grocery Stores: ‘The Best And Worst Of America’

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman explores how and why Americans have changed from corner-store customers to insatiable consumers of every edible product.

May 19, 2017

 

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Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year.

May 18, 2017

 

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Scientists Say Don’t Cut Costs On Weed Control

Farmers have a chance to prevent a newly-arrived threat from becoming a permanent fixture. It’s an aggressive weed that’s been devastating crops in the Midwest.

May 18, 2017

 

Puerto Rican sugar refinery

Puerto Rico Lost Its Home-Grown Food But Might Find It Again

A local food movement is taking root in Puerto Rico. Hopeful farmers are leasing long-abandoned land, but why was the land abandoned in the first place?

May 17, 2017

 

chicken

Chinese Chicken Is Headed To U.S. But It’s Really About Beef

The U.S. has given the green light for China to send cooked poultry to America. It's part of a trade deal that opens China's huge market to U.S. beef producers.

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