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July 16, 2018


Why People With Disabilities Want Straw Bans To Be More Flexible

As cities and companies — including Starbucks — move to oust straws in a bid to reduce pollution, people with disabilities say they're losing access to a necessary, lifesaving tool.

July 12, 2018


Native Bees And Alfalfa Farmers — A Seedy Love Story

Northwest farmers produce a quarter of the country's alfalfa seeds, but they get help from millions of alkali bees, thanks to one of the most unique agricultural partnerships in the country.

July 11, 2018


U.S. Distillers Fear Tariffs Mean Losing Out On Global Whiskey Boom

Whiskey distillers in the U.S. are concerned EU tariffs will take a big bite out of sales. Many have expanded to meet growing demand and worry what will happen if trade frictions aren't resolved soon.

July 10, 2018


Rhode Island Bets Cheap Land Will Help Local Agriculture Thrive

The state is about to offer bargain basement prices on something that's become increasingly unaffordable: real estate. But the land must be used for farming only.

July 5, 2018


Farmers Turn Excess Milk Into Cheese And Yogurt For The Hungry

Dairies are dumping millions of gallons of surplus milk every year. In Philadelphia, food banks are working with farmers to use that milk to make food that goes to pantries and shelters.

July 3, 2018


Young Salvadoran Chefs Breathing New Life Into Traditional Cuisine

A violent past wiped out some of the country's culinary roots and contributed to a reliance on processed foods. But that is changing, as a movement grows to innovate with indigenous ingredients.

July 2, 2018


Oaxaca’s Restaurateurs Say Teacher Protests Imperil Business

The protests take place every summer in Oaxaca City. They come as tourist season kicks off and interest grows in the Mexican state's heralded cuisine. Restaurateurs say the chaos keeps customers away.

June 29, 2018


As Dairy Industry Suffers, Farmers Become Beer Brewers

For some struggling dairy farmers, brewing beer has become an easy way to diversify their operations.

June 28, 2018


Senate Hammers Out Farm Bill Amendments

The US Senate is poring over amendments to the farm bill as Congress pushes to pass the sweeping agriculture legislation this summer.

June 26, 2018


Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Are On The Rise

If you are bitten by a Lone Star tick, you could develop an unusual allergy to red meat. And as this tick's territory spreads beyond the Southeast, the allergy seems to be spreading with it.

June 25, 2018


Food Aid To Puerto Rico Is Salty and Sugary, Researcher Says

A professor of public health found boxes filled with sugary or high-sodium snacks was sent to people in need of meals after Hurricane Maria, and says food aid needs to be more nutritious.

June 20, 2018


Despite Focus On Real-Life Skills, ‘Home Ec’ Classes Fade Away

Now called family and consumer sciences, courses suffer from few qualified teachers and declining enrollment. But in today's classes, students learn about gardening, nutrition, labeling and finance.

June 19, 2018


How Washing Some Foods Can Help You Avoid Illness

Rinsing foods doesn't always prevent foodborne illness and can sometimes make the risks worse. Here's what the science says about which foods you should run water over and why.

June 18, 2018


For A True Taste Of South India, Try A Toddy Shop

Toddy is a type of palm wine made from the fermented sap of coconut flowers. But the best toddy shops in southwestern India are celebrated for the spicy, coconutty food they serve with the drink.

June 13, 2018


FDA’s ‘Added Sugar’ Label Hits Sour Note With Maple Syrup Makers

The FDA means sugar added to your diet, not just to a specific food. But honey and syrup makers say that natural sugar is not added. Though a compromise is on the table, some say it's still confusing.

June 12, 2018


For Ramadan, More Muslims Shape Diets Around Health

A growing number of Muslim food bloggers and dietitians say that fitness and spirituality go hand in hand, and are sharing tips to encourage mindfulness in food choices to keep from overindulging.

June 11, 2018


Want Your Child To Eat (Almost) Everything? There Is A Way

Giving kids a diet varied in flavors and textures from the get-go can help them be more open to trying new foods. The problem is America's food landscape makes that ideal hard to live up to.

June 8, 2018


Senate Bill Seeks To Help Farmers Obtain Mental Health Services

Depressed commodity and dairy prices and a burgeoning trade war are adding to the usual stresses and taking a toll on farmers.

June 8, 2018


Mexico Retaliates With Pork Tariffs In Trade Tiff With US

Mexico has slapped a 20 percent tariff on pork imports from the U.S., among levies on other products.

June 8, 2018


Anthony Bourdain, Chef And Television Host, Has Died At 61

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague," his employer, CNN, said in a statement. The network and a French official said the cause of death was suicide.

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