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Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can’t always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food

How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Corporate sponsorship of professional events for nutritionists has been on the rise. But should the gatekeepers of nutrition information be taking free meals and snacks from McDonald’s and Hershey’s?

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Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

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Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

| May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

These days more and more foods are straddling the line between prepared and unprepared, taxable and nontaxable. And that leaves policymakers with a strange conundrum: what to do about pizza.

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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

| May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

When crops are surrounded by high levels of carbon dioxide, they’re more productive. But they may have lower concentrations of some crucial nutrients, which could increase malnutrition in the future.

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Vermont’s GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

Vermont’s GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vermont gets ready to become the first state to require food producers to label products that are genetically modified, but not without preparing for major legal battles with companies like Monsanto.

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The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food

The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the first installment of the new season of Hidden Kitchens, The Kitchen Sisters explore how Sicilians are reclaiming farmland and providing Mafia-free jobs in a region gripped by corruption.

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Agribusiness Funds ‘Farmland’ To Counter Hollywood Message

Agribusiness Funds ‘Farmland’ To Counter Hollywood Message

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Films like Food Inc. and King Corn highlight the evils of big agriculture. Now farmers are hitting back with their own movie, Farmland. It was funded by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

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Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

This new kitchen tool promises to scramble egg whites and the yolk to create delicious culinary creations, and save you from washing a whisk. A soft cradle keeps the egg from breaking.

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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro’s ‘Dream’ Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro’s ‘Dream’ Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant featured in the 2012 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Director David Gelb says eating there is both an amazing and nerve-wracking experience.

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they’ll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

| April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The giant retailer says it’s adding a new line of organic food that’s at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can’t be achieved overnight.

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Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Where’s The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

Where’s The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Not all whole grain breads are created equal. Choosing breads with fully intact grains (think nuggets of whole rye, wheat or millet) may help control blood sugar and stave off hunger.

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