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Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Union organizers say workers need a liveable wage and that their campaign to win them is gaining momentum, but the industry says higher wages would increase the cost of fast food.

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Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The number of food insecure Americans did not decline between 2012 and 2013, according to the USDA. And the level of food insecurity remains much higher than it was before the recession.

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Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Perdue Farms, one of the country’s largest suppliers of chicken meat, says its hatcheries are working better now without antibiotics. Public health advocates call it “a big step” forward.

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When Zero Doesn’t Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

When Zero Doesn’t Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

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How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry’s fight against the foodborne pathogen.

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Crack Down on Farmers’ Market Fraud

California Legislature Passes Bill to Crack Down on Farmers’ Market Fraud

| August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

AB 1871 raises the daily stall fee for each vendor at a certified farmers’ market in California. Those fees would pay for county inspections to help insure produce labeled organic is, actually, organic.

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Colorado’s Pot Brownies Have A New Ingredient — Warning Labels

Colorado’s Pot Brownies Have A New Ingredient — Warning Labels

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible marijuana sector, including “emergency rules,” which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.

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Pregnant? Here’s Why That Tuna Sandwich Might Be a Bad Choice

Pregnant? Here’s Why That Tuna Sandwich Might Be a Bad Choice

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to a report in the October 2014 issue of Consumer Reports high tuna consumption may do more harm than good for pregnant women. This finding challenges the FDA guidelines that do not include tuna on the list of fish to avoid due to high levels of mercury.

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A Food Crisis Follows Africa’s Ebola Crisis

A Food Crisis Follows Africa’s Ebola Crisis

| August 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can’t move and social gatherings are discouraged.

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American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility

American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rural Pride Campaign is a series of day-long summits focused on the LGBT experience in rural America sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the NCLR, and the True Colors Fund.

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Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

In most cases, even certified organic produce is not pesticide-free. But compared to most conventional produce, it can mean a big step in a less-toxic direction.

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one-quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.

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Barnraiser Hopes to Change the Food System, One Project at a Time

Barnraiser Hopes to Change the Food System, One Project at a Time

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forget about Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Barnraiser allows consumers who are interested in changing the food system back projects that will.

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Meet Miss Arepita: A Taste of Venezuela in North Oakland

Meet Miss Arepita: A Taste of Venezuela in North Oakland

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Carolino Abolio of Miss Arepita / Arepa Mobile discusses her burgeoning North Oakland business and her signature savory Venezuelan flatbreads.

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