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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That’s why it’s now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.

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This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

| January 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn’t go brown when you slice it. It’s waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple’s wholesome, all-natural image.

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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

| January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.

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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

| January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. But excess phosphorus, either from manure or manufactured fertilizer, can run off into streams and lakes and become an ecological disaster.

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Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates ‘The Loaf’ Persists

Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates ‘The Loaf’ Persists

| January 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it’s not that bad, and it’s a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Here’s How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

Here’s How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

| January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Across the country, there’s a wave of interest in local food, and a new generation of young farmers wants to grow it. But many aren’t buying land. Instead, they’re renting it.

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Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best

Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

For years, there have been hints that adding cinnamon to your diet can help control blood sugar. And a recent spate of studies adds to the evidence that the effect is real. But if you want to incorporate more of this aromatic spice in your diet, the variety may matter.

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KQED’s Forum: The Year in Beer

KQED’s Forum: The Year in Beer

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ever since Fritz Maytag bought and transformed San Francisco’s struggling Anchor Steam brewery, Northern California has been one of the centers of the craft beer and microbrew movements. KQED’s Forum talks about the latest trends, from sour beer to the rise of retail tasting rooms, and explores how today’s local brewers are redefining the beloved beverage.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington state particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 a week.

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Liberian and Burmese Refugees Celebrate Christmas in Oakland

Liberian and Burmese Refugees Celebrate Christmas in Oakland

| December 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

Some refugees celebrated Christmas before coming to the U.S, others didn’t. But once they’re here, Christmas often becomes a time for family to come together. Here are two stories about how refugees in Oakland celebrate the holidays with their own traditions, and their own cultural foods.

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USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida’s Oranges

USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida’s Oranges

| December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

The agency is launching a new coordinated research effort to stop citrus greening, a disease imported from Asia that turns fruit bitter and unmarketable. It first turned up in Florida eight years. Now, it threatens to destroy the nation’s citrus industry.

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Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for “growth promotion” or “feed efficiency.” The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.

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KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The federal food stamp program, known as SNAP, supports one in seven Americans at a cost of around $80 billion each year. With almost 70 percent of adult Americans overweight, some nutrition advocates want to prohibit SNAP recipients from using food stamps to purchase junk food such as soda and chips. Opponents say that such restrictions would unfairly target the poor and limit their food options. KQED’s Forum discusses the issue.

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These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes

These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

In a new poll, parents complain that their children are not getting nearly enough time for a basic school ritual: eating lunch. And that’s worrying parents and administrators, given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.

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