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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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Light California Cherry Season Thanks to Warm Winter – Expect Higher Prices

Light California Cherry Season Thanks to Warm Winter – Expect Higher Prices

| May 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

California usually delivers the nation’s early season cherries, but with yields down around a third of what they usually are, you can expect to pay a whole lot more at the market.

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California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

| April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The giant retailer says it’s adding a new line of organic food that’s at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can’t be achieved overnight.

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Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices

In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices

| March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s enough to leave you crying in your margarita: Lime prices are so high these days that in Mexico, organized gangs have even started stealing the fruit. Prices are no better stateside.

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The True Cost of Asparagus

The True Cost of Asparagus

| March 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Local California asparagus farmers are concerned about competition from Mexican markets which can supply the vegetable year round and sell it at cheaper costs. Roscoe Zuckerman of Zuckerman Farms and Thaddeus Barsotti of Capay Organic discuss the situation.

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Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learning to garden and cook with cheap, healthy produce helped JuJu Harris survive while raising seven kids on public assistance. In a new cookbook, she shares her tips for other struggling moms.

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What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.

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The Upside of All This Cold? A Boom in Ice Cider

The Upside of All This Cold? A Boom in Ice Cider

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canada invented ice cider in the ’90s. Now it’s becoming trendy and Vermont wants to cash in, too. The frigid winter has been just the stuff to turn the state’s frozen apples into tasty dessert wine.

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Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads and Eat ‘Em Up Instead. Yum!

Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads and Eat ‘Em Up Instead. Yum!

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you really want to fight food waste, eat fish heads, the U.N. says. They’re nutritious and delicious, but most fish heads get thrown back in the sea as trash or turned into livestock feed.

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