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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

| January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington state particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 a week.

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The Top Issues That Consumed the Food World This Year

The Top Issues That Consumed the Food World This Year

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

From GMOs to apps on your phone, these were some of the biggest food stories and trends in 2013.

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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

| December 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California’s bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state’s Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can’t be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

| December 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Many can’t afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them, and some areas that grow enormous amounts of produce are among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.

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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.

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Social Supermarkets A ‘Win-Win-Win’ For Europe’s Poor

Social Supermarkets A ‘Win-Win-Win’ For Europe’s Poor

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Part discount grocer, part social service agency, the supermarkets limit membership to those who can prove they receive some form of welfare benefits. These stores, which are flourishing in Europe, sell food that’s been rejected by grocers but is still perfectly edible and would otherwise end up in landfills.

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‘In Meat We Trust’ Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

‘In Meat We Trust’ Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Historian Maureen Ogle’s new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There’s a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.

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Fast-Food Workers Cry Poverty Wages As McDonald’s Buys Luxury Jet

Fast-Food Workers Cry Poverty Wages As McDonald’s Buys Luxury Jet

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.

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Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

| December 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law.

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Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

| December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don’t reach agreement, the nation faces going over “the dairy cliff” – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.

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Cyclists Plan to Use Pedal Power to Help San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

Cyclists Plan to Use Pedal Power to Help San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 8th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep is a charity bike race that benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, December 7.

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See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Oregon as a local food movement hub? That’s obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That’s one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.

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Have Bitcoin To Burn? Next Stop Could Be The Farm

Have Bitcoin To Burn? Next Stop Could Be The Farm

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

There aren’t many businesses accepting bitcoin just yet, so what’s bringing together the futuristic currency with the age-old profession of farming? Some say credit card fees play a big role.

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