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Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Severe drought has left northern Nevada’s farmers scrambling to find enough feed for the cows they already have. It comes as farmers are under pressure to expand to provide powdered milk to China.

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Real Food, Real Movies: The Contest

Real Food, Real Movies: The Contest

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

From soil and seeds to the Bronx and bees: Fixing food in films of four minutes or less. Sarah Henry reports on the Real Food Media Project’s short documentary contest.

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What Sbarro’s Downfall Says About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

What Sbarro’s Downfall Says About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

| February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The pizza chain is closing 155 stores. Sure, malls have been hit hard, but Sbarro’s problems are bigger: These days, diners are more likely to opt for “fast casual” options like Chipotle.

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Kitchener to Open a Rotating Take-Out Window in Oakland

Kitchener to Open a Rotating Take-Out Window in Oakland

| February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

A take-out window with rotating foods? That’s what Kitchener, a community kitchen in Oakland, hopes to open later this spring with Kickstarter funding.

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California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste in Your Beer

California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste in Your Beer

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Several brewers near Petaluma make beer with Russian River water, which officials say could run out by summer. That could force some to use well water heavy in minerals that might affect beer flavor.

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The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

| February 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Most of the nation’s chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it’s time to get paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing — and, too often, deep in debt.

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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chick-fil-A’s plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a growing industry trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new book argues that Tyson’s system treats farmers like “modern-day sharecroppers.” Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson’s inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.

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Order Up! Food Businesses Find an Appetite for Bitcoin

Order Up! Food Businesses Find an Appetite for Bitcoin

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with Bitcoin. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits – and risks, too.

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California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finally there’s some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state’s reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions

Drought Forces Tough Decisions

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the lack of water across California, farmers are having to sell off cows and balance competing needs.

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After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven’t been hurting.

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It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies — but that didn’t change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions — such as cooking classes and nutrition education — may be needed.

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that’s not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren’t hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.

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