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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don’t expect to see McDonald’s there anytime soon.

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Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says that U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.

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In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

| December 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Lumpy, bumpy produce that fails to meet supermarkets’ high bar for beauty usually ends up as waste. But increasingly, European supermarkets are finding that ugly sells, if you tell the right story.

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Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

When GMO-free cereals landed in supermarkets, some vitamins had mysteriously vanished from them. But these vitamins don’t necessarily come from genetically altered organisms.

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U.N. Agency Suspends Food Aid For 1.7 Million Syrian Refugees

U.N. Agency Suspends Food Aid For 1.7 Million Syrian Refugees

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The World Food Program says it needs $64 million immediately to continue a voucher program that allows refugees in countries bordering Syria to buy food in local shops.

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New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

| November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Growing and selling your own kale and green tomatoes in Oakland may get a lot easier in the next few months. Next week the Oakland City Council will have a final vote on amendments to its agricultural zoning policy that will remove costly barriers to starting an urban farm.

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Florida Activists Arrested For Serving Food To Homeless

Florida Activists Arrested For Serving Food To Homeless

| November 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Activists in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were arrested twice this week for giving out food to the homeless in a park. Arnold Abbott, 90, says he will continue to serve the food even if he’s arrested again.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg’s Cash Didn’t Hurt

How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg’s Cash Didn’t Hurt

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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A New Standard for California Olive Oil

A New Standard for California Olive Oil

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

California has taken matters into its own hands to elevate the reputation of domestic olive oil just in time for the fall harvest. Last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced new standards for the state’s olive oil producers, based on recommendations from the industry’s leaders.

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More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

| October 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Lots of groups and individuals try to help the homeless in their communities by offering them food. But a report finds that cities are increasingly passing measures to restrict these efforts.

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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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