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Queen Bee Microbiome, Yams, Resistance To Organic Checkoff

Researchers analyze a queen bee's gut. Problems with an organic checkoff. Yams for dinner. A look at one Pakistani-American family's hybrid food traditions.

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A better understanding of how microbes are contributing to the health of the bee will help us to understand how we can make a more healthy bee, not just in terms of probiotics, but in terms of management.

Irene Newton is an assistant professor of biology at Indiana University and the co-author of a new study that is the first to look at the bacterial makeup of queen bees’ guts. She’ll walk us through the research in today’s show.

Organic farmers disagree on how to market their products, specifically who should be paying for promotional campaigns.

Harvest Public Media also takes us inside the economics of the pork industry.

Last week we talked about Indian food with author Colleen Taylor Sen. She’s back today to tell what to expect when we order a curry from a restaurant.

And, a vegetarian dish with Chef Daniel Orr. Coconut milk, curry powder, cilantro and yams.

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Nebraska Farmers At Center Of Pork Industry Debate

As the pork industry becomes more concentrated, small and mid-sized producers are forced to either get bigger, get out, or get into a niche market.

Researching What’s Inside Honey Bees Could Help Save Them

To find out what's inside a healthy queen bee, an IU Biology professor and other researchers looked at queen bees’ gut bacteria — called a microbiome.

Factions Clash Within The Organic Food Industry

Checkoffs have been the subject of Supreme Court cases, where farmers have argued that a mandatory payment for advertising infringes on free speech.

Blending American And Pakistani Food Traditions In Indiana

Ameerah Siddiqi's family finds ways to put a Pakistani twist on American foods, despite living in suburban Indiana.

West Indian Slam’n Yam Salad

Put a little bit of the Caribbean on your dinner table with this delicious and addictive salad.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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