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December 12, 2018


More Salt, Fewer Whole Grains: USDA Eases School Lunch Rules

Advocates say the Trump administration's rollback of nutrition requirements could lead to school meals that are inconsistent with federal dietary guidelines.

December 11, 2018


Final Farm Bill Shows Hemp’s In, Food-Aid Work Requirements Are Out

The long-awaited final version of the farm bill was unveiled Monday night, and it hews somewhat closely to the previous piece of massive legislation — aside from legalizing hemp on a national level.

December 11, 2018


When And Where Fruit Flies First Bugged Humans

Drosophila melanogaster is a mainstay of genetics labs, but its wild origins have been mysterious. Scientists have now traced the pesky fly to a particular fruit — a human favorite 10,000 years ago.

December 10, 2018


Chicken Diplomacy In The Former USSR

The first Bush administration left the former Soviet Union with a taste for dark meat American chicken. It's all because of a Soviet food shortage, a U.S. surplus, and a deal with President Gorbachev.

December 5, 2018


New York Public Housing Is Home To City’s Newest Food Entrepreneurs

Food Business Pathways is a free course that gives low-income participants a leg up in turning their ideas into successful businesses through training, mentoring, access to services and space to sell.

December 4, 2018


How A Corporation Convinced American Jews To Reach For Crisco

On Hanukkah, many Jews fry potato pancakes called latkes in oil or maybe schmaltz. But a century ago, one company saw an opportunity to make the Jewish fat of choice truly American: Crisco.

December 3, 2018


How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

Protein snacks and supplements are popular, but unless you're an extreme athlete or recovering from an injury, you may already get enough protein in your diet. Here's how to tell how much you need.

November 30, 2018


Climate Report Says U.S. Cattle And Crops Will Be Stressed By Hotter, Wetter Weather

A changing climate has major implications for farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

November 30, 2018


Farmers Are Seeking More Temporary H-2A Workers, And Keeping Them Longer

Across the country, farmers have voiced concerns over what they say is a growing labor shortage.

November 28, 2018


Thanks To Science, You Can Eat An Apple Every Day

After harvest, apples can be stored for months in controlled atmosphere storage rooms where the temperature, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and humidity levels are adjusted to put them into hibernation.

November 27, 2018


Eating ‘Vegan In The Hood’

Erick Castro's Instagram account is spreading the gospel of an affordable plant-based diet, especially to lower-income residents of New York. Now, he's got a vegan restaurant, too.

November 26, 2018


London To Ban Junk Food Ads On Public Transportation

In February, the city will ban advertising for food and drinks high in salt, sugar and fat in all of London's public transportation network. It is part of a plan to curtail rising childhood obesity.

November 21, 2018


Sourdough Hands: How Bakers And Bread Are A Microbial Match

In Robert Dunn's new book, Never Home Alone, he explores our symbiotic relationship with food: Not only do we impact the bacteria in our food, but the microbes in our food imprint our bodies.

November 20, 2018


Turkey And Tamales: People Of Color Share Their Multicultural Thanksgivings

For many immigrant families, Thanksgiving is a time to take part in an American tradition, but it's also a great excuse to gather and eat the foods of their culture with friends and family.

November 15, 2018


There Are So Many Cranberries This Year, They Must Be Destroyed

As you gaze upon your Thanksgiving feast this year, linger for a moment on the cranberry sauce. Those cranberries are lucky to make it out of the bog. The cranberry industry collectively agreed to destroy one quarter of its crop this year – about 240 million pounds of berries – in an attempt to drive […]

November 14, 2018


Pentagon Modifying Viruses To Save Crops — Or To Wage Warfare

The Pentagon wants university researchers to find ways to protect crops in the field using infectious viruses carried by insects. Critics think it looks like bioweapons research.

November 13, 2018


EPA Says Farmers Can Keep Using Weedkiller Blamed For Vast Damage

The Environmental Protection Agency has given farmers the OK to continue to spray the controversial weedkiller dicamba. The chemical is prone to blowing in the wind and damaging other vegetation.

November 12, 2018


Farmers Put Rare Pig Back On Table To Save It From Extinction

The American mulefoot hog was once popular, but began to die out in favor of fast-growing breeds suited to confinement. But some farmers hope to renew interest in the hogs — by getting them on menus.

November 9, 2018


Midterms Shake Up Ag Committees, Food Policies

This week’s elections will have consequences for federal policies - including the 2018 Farm Bill - for years to come.

November 8, 2018


EPA Wants To Stop Reporting Toxic Stink From Animal Farms

The EPA has floated a new rule that would let industrial farms off the hook from reporting toxic airborne emissions from concentrated animal waste. Animal waste from massive industrial farms gives off toxic gasses like ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulfide. Under a rule called the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, farms have to report […]

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