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June 11, 2012

Better Burrito? 

Exterior of a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant at night.

Chipotle: The Ethical Future Of Fast Food?

Chipotle claims to sell "food with integrity." But are there limits to how ethical a chain restaurant can be?

June 5, 2012

Gone With The Wind 

wind sock

Researchers Against The Wind

For many Midwesterners, wind is an occasional nuisance. For farmers, though, the wind’s impact can be huge — drying out crops and eroding topsoil.

May 29, 2012

After The Flood 

mississippi river flood

A Most Unusual Planting Season

It’s spring along the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and farmers are back on the land, trying to fix what nature broke.

May 22, 2012

Farming Forecast 

young corn plants

Early Planting, Lots Of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop

With farmers expected to put in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression, this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books.

May 11, 2012

Ag Chat 

vendors and customers at the farmers market

Local Foods: From Farm To Table

We’ll talk with our panelists about how they’ll make sure the bounty of this season's farm products make it onto your table.

March 21, 2012

Art In The Coop 

Gretchen Sigmund Marks egg sack art

Gretchen Sigmund Marks: Art Inspired By Chicken Farming

After she feeds her chickens, Gretchen Sigmund Marks uses the burlap feed sacks to make collages.

January 20, 2012

Pollinating Power 

beekeeper pulling frame from the hive

The Joy Of Beekeeping (Or, How To Save The Food Supply)

With his 30 hives, Rob Green brings plenty of experience to the classes he teaches at the Indiana Beekeeping School.

December 28, 2011

Rising Costs 

grocery

Packaged Food Companies Feel Penny Pinch

Food costs more than it did this time last year, and the effects are hitting the consumer.

November 10, 2011

Turkey Time 

heritage turkey

Buying A Thanksgiving Bird? Think Sustainable

Reaching for a frozen bird at the local market? Think again -- sustainable varieties of turkey are likely near where you are.

November 10, 2011

Food Futures 

Salem Willard stands between two tall wooden stakes drilled vertically in the ground.  He is leaning against them.  There is a third stake in the foreground.  The ground and trees in the background are bare, reflecting that the picture was taken in early spring.

Young Farmers’ Growing Challenges

The median age of American farmers is currently 57, and rising. Soon, they're going to retire--and young farmers face incredible challenges in taking over.

November 1, 2011

International Organics 

A small, black donkey stands in the middle of a sandy pen surrounded by a an old log-and-post fence.  Her nose is near the ground, like she's sniffing for food.

Community Farming Going Global: New CSA’s In China, Thailand

Some of the oldest community-supported agriculture programs started in Japan in the 1960's but the movement is just taking off in several nearby countries.

October 24, 2011

CSA's Save The Day? 

A large patch of sunflowers is half-submerged in a large expanse of floodwater.  Power lines travel away from the camera on the right side of the screen, also submerged in many feet of water, with the power lines glistening.  Large trees in the background.

12,000+ Strong For Community Farming

The number of CSA farms has grown enormously since 2007, as farmers, consumers and litigators are beginning to see them as a solution to many social problems.

October 17, 2011

Reporting From The Farm 

Rachel Beyer of Stranger's Hill Organics

Stranger’s Hill Organics And The War On Weeds

Fighting weeds is probably the biggest challenge for organic farmers. Rachel Beyer and Ben Smith of Stranger's Hill Organics give some tips.

September 23, 2011

Fertilizer Crisis 

A map illustrates the distribution of the use of phosphorus fertilizers around the world, in shades of purple, pink, and white.  Low concentrations are used across sub-saharan Africa and much of Russia, South America, and Australia.  The largest areas of use of highly-concentrated fertilizer are in central North America, Europe, northern India, and especially China. .

The Great Food Security Threat: Peak Phosphorus?

It's a finite underground mineral deposit. Its availability influences food security. And the world is running out. Think it's oil? Actually, it's phosphorus.

July 30, 2011

The Foodie Bookshelf 

Daniel Tucker And His Book Farm Together Now

Daniel Tucker’s “Farm Together Now” – Fixing The Food System

"Farm Together Now" profiles the people who are experimenting with solutions to the broken American food system.

June 24, 2011

Poultry 

roasted chicken sliced

The Chicken Show: Urban Chicken, Chicken Moat, Roast Chicken

Salem Willard will represent the rural chicken farmer. Steven Janowiecki will represent the urban chicken farmer. Then, we prepare the perfect roast chicken.

June 20, 2011

Good Food To Go 

Food Truck

Meals On Wheels: Food Trucks, Mobile Grocers, Truck Farms

Good food, healthy food, and local food is coming to your neighborhood by way of food trucks.

April 24, 2011

Green Thumb 

Organic Apples

Beginner’s Guide To Gardening: Organic All The Way

Why does using organic methods to grow food matter? Why is organic more expensive? Is the food better? Join the discussion on these and more organic issues.

March 30, 2011

Access Denied 

Taking Pictures Of Cows

Iowa House Bill Bars Unapproved Documentation At Farms

One of America's largest meat producing states could make it illegal to take pictures, videos, and unapproved recordings on farms.

March 13, 2011

Sustainability Rockstars 

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry: Finding Examples Of Good Work

In the final part of a three-part conversation, Wendell Berry talks about what communities need to do to be sustainable and he explains why he is hopeful.

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