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What’s Really In A Big Mac? McDonald’s Says It’s Ready To Tell All

What’s Really In A Big Mac? McDonald’s Says It’s Ready To Tell All

| October 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Pink slime? Eyeballs? Rumors about what goes into McD’s food have dogged it for years. As U.S. sales falter, the firm’s new ad campaign aims to tackle those concerns by inviting consumers’ questions.

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New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

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Feeding the 5000 Oakland Event Hopes to ‘Fill Tummies Not Trash’

Feeding the 5000 Oakland Event Hopes to ‘Fill Tummies Not Trash’

| October 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

A meal with produce that would otherwise be headed for the compost or landfill will feed 5000 this Saturday in Oakland, organizers hope. Meet the groups behind Feeding the 5000 Oakland.

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Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

There a big new pot of government money available for programs that boost the buying power of food stamps. But there’s a catch: The cash has to spent on local fruit and vegetables.

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California Cracks Down On Farmers Market Cheaters

California Cracks Down On Farmers Market Cheaters

| October 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

Did your local farmer really grow that heirloom apple he just sold you? California wants to know, so it’s sending more inspectors out to make sure the produce sold at markets is really local.

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European Activists Say They Don’t Want Any U.S. ‘Chlorine Chicken’

European Activists Say They Don’t Want Any U.S. ‘Chlorine Chicken’

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now “chlorinated chickens” are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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11 Tips for Reducing Food Waste

11 Tips for Reducing Food Waste

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

With help from the National Resources Defense Council, CUESA has provided some easy tips you can use to take a bite out of food waste and save time and money in the process.

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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.

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Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest report in response to the horse meat scandal of 2013 reminds us that the potential for fraud in the food supply is high. But scientists are working to predict and prevent the next incident.

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Your Guide To Dining From The Dumpster

Your Guide To Dining From The Dumpster

| September 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Maximus Thaler really puts his money (or, at least, his morals) where his mouth is when it comes to food waste. He’s a dumpster diver. And he’s happy to share tips for foraging from trash bins safely.

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Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the “good bacteria” known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

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Five Oakland Restaurants with Outdoor Patios to Dine with Your Dog

Five Oakland Restaurants with Outdoor Patios to Dine with Your Dog

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Beginning in January, it will be perfectly legal to dine with your dog–providing your well-mannered Fido is appropriately leashed with you in an outdoor-seating area. Here are five Oakland dining destinations that encourage you and your canine companion to sit and stay awhile.

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Can You Trust The “Natural” Label on Food Products?

Can You Trust The “Natural” Label on Food Products?

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you think the “natural” label means that a food product contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides, antibiotics, or GMOs, you’re mistaken—but you’re not alone. CUESA spoke with Urvashi Rangan, PhD, executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety & Sustainability Center, to learn more about sneaky food labels and a campaign to ban the term “natural.”

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