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Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country’s cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.

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Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of “biofortified” crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

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Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university’s strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

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‘Natural’ Food Sounds Good But Doesn’t Mean Much

‘Natural’ Food Sounds Good But Doesn’t Mean Much

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

A consumer advocacy group says it’s time to ban the word “natural” from food labels because it’s misleading. But the quest to get the government to outlaw the word entirely faces tough legal hurdles.

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In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

| June 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

A tiny fraction of America’s 2 million farmers produces most of our food. They are the winners of a long-running competition for land and profits that has also drained the life out of small towns.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

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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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No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chemistry is complicated; that includes ingredients in artificially flavored fizzy drinks. Soda makers bowed to pressure to drop brominated vegetable oil, but its safety hasn’t been very well studied.

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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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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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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they’ve found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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Food Giants Want ‘Sustainable’ Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Food Giants Want ‘Sustainable’ Beef. But What Does That Mean?

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

McDonald’s says it will start to buy beef that’s “verified sustainable” in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.

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