RSSeconomy and food costs

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

| August 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that’s not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.

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Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soylent, the offbeat meal replacement company, has built an online community of more than 18,000 users. But some are impatient to get their orders, so they’re making and selling it themselves.

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Is Dorm Food the Bay Area’s Best Dining-Out Deal?

Is Dorm Food the Bay Area’s Best Dining-Out Deal?

| July 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

University dining facilities have come a long way since those old mystery-meat days. Increasingly organic, seasonal, local and otherwise sustainable, dining halls at UC Berkeley, Stanford and other schools are some of the best buffet-style eating-out bargains in this era of the $12 hamburger.

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From the Dock to your Door: Seafood Subscriptions (CSFs) come to the Bay Area

From the Dock to your Door: Seafood Subscriptions (CSFs) come to the Bay Area

| July 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

What if you want fresh local seafood that hasn’t been frozen and flown thousands of miles to sit in a display case for a week? Enter “community supported fisheries.” Modeled after community supported agriculture (CSAs), CSFs in the Bay Area provide members with a weekly or monthly supply of fish and shellfish from the California Coast.

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‘The Great Fish Swap’: How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

‘The Great Fish Swap’: How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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‘Pink Slime’ Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

‘Pink Slime’ Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

| June 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Since beef prices are going up, food processors are once again looking at cheap “lean, finely textured beef.” But this time, they’re preparing for consumers’ concerns.

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The Secret’s In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off

The Secret’s In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

This summer is bringing a bumper crop of lighter, more subtle wines like Vinho Verde, Riesling and Txakoli. While lower in alcohol, these wines are also winning fans for their low cost.

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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.

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Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

California produces most of America’s vegetables and nuts. Yet there’s little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Sensitive to Gluten? A Carb in Wheat May Be the Real Culprit

Sensitive to Gluten? A Carb in Wheat May Be the Real Culprit

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many people who don’t have celiac disease claim they feel better on a gluten-free diet. But scientists say some gut troubles may come from eating fructans and other FODMAP carbs rather than gluten.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: Land Trust

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Land Trust

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

With farm land often more valuable as real estate than as agricultural grounds, many farmers look to sell off their lands. Bob Berner, retired Executive Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust tells us why land trusts can help bridge that profitability gap.

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Double Trouble for Coffee: Drought and Disease Send Prices Up

Double Trouble for Coffee: Drought and Disease Send Prices Up

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that’s crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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With Cartels on the Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More of the Green

With Cartels on the Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More of the Green

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to a big spring crop in Veracruz and police crackdowns on drug cartels, high prices for Mexican limes are falling earthward, just in time for summer cocktails. Mexican farmers are celebrating.

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