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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these “heat-beater” beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

| March 24, 2015 | 4 Comments

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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Masumoto Farm: The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Masumoto Farm: The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

| March 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It’s now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter’s return to take the helm.

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FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

| March 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Random tests of milk reveal that a few farmers are treating dairy cows with antibiotics that aren’t supposed to be used on them. The FDA is now considering tighter controls to prevent such practices.

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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

| February 13, 2015 | 3 Comments

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don’t turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they’re concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

The government wants to make your chicken meat safer to handle. The USDA is proposing legal limits on the chicken parts that are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

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Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It’s because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there’s debate about whether that’s really worse for the animals.

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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

New GMO potatoes don’t bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won’t touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

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How California’s New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

How California’s New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

| December 29, 2014 | 11 Comments

On Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens living in more spacious digs. The rules have disrupted the egg industry, and pushed prices up at grocery stores in California.

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola’s New Milk

Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola’s New Milk

| December 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

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Fringe No More: ‘Ancient Grains’ Will Soon Be A Cheerios Variety

Fringe No More: ‘Ancient Grains’ Will Soon Be A Cheerios Variety

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

General Mills helped define the industrial era of American breakfasting with its ringlets of processed oats. Soon, it’ll put out a version with “ancient grains,” which aren’t, actually, very ancient.

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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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