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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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Chipotle Says There’s No ‘Guacapocalypse’ Looming

Chipotle Says There’s No ‘Guacapocalypse’ Looming

| March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Yes, climate change raises the risk that avocados will become extra pricey. But Chipotle says that news reports suggesting it could be forced to drop guacamole from the menu are vastly overstated.

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In the New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy and Palm Oil Rule

In the New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy and Palm Oil Rule

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

People around the world are eating a wider range of foods. But as a whole, we are increasingly reliant on a few crops. Researchers say that increases the risk of agricultural disaster.

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Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Swanton Berry Farm became one of four farms in the country to receive the Food Justice Certification label. Learn more about what that certification means and why it’s been years in the works.

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Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It’s Pricey

Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It’s Pricey

| March 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

America’s farmers aren’t growing enough organic corn and soybeans for our organic animals. Farmers in China, India and Argentina are filling the gap, but tight supplies have led to shortages.

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‘Peak Salmon’ May Be Unlikely, But Threats to Farmed Salmon Loom

‘Peak Salmon’ May Be Unlikely, But Threats to Farmed Salmon Loom

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some speculate that overfishing of the small fish fed to farmed salmon led to the all-time high prices seen in 2013. But Norwegian salmon experts say the bigger threat to the farmed fish is disease.

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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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