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This Art Group Installs Pick-Your-Own-Fruit Parks Around Los Angeles

  Public art meets urban agriculture… The Stoneview Nature Center is a lovely new five-acre public park in Los Angeles with seven different types of orange trees, avocados, figs, grapes, lemons, blackberries, lemonade berries, and blueberries galore. An open path snakes around the manicured space. There’s a birdhouse for quails to lay their eggs, a […]

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Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?

The origins of farming… The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield have shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were domesticated to depend on humans. Domesticated crops have been transformed almost beyond […]

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A Farm Journalist Tells Farmers What They’d Rather Not Hear About Climate Change

  Climate change and farmers… When President Trump announced this week that he was taking the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, there were swift and vocal reactions from many industries —- but most of the organizations that represent American agriculture were silent. Chris Clayton, though, a veteran reporter at one of the […]

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A Dairy Operation Reborn: From Cows to Cashews (and Other Nuts)

  Changing consumer demand leads dairy company to move into nut milk space… For more than 90 years, Elmhurst Dairy, based in Queens, was a New York mainstay. But when the business began to struggle due to the same factors that have buffeted the industry in general—decreased consumer demand being one biggie—82-year-old owner Henry Schwartz […]

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May Food Policy Round-Up: Obama Talks Agriculture, Sonny Perdue Gets Busy, and More

  An update on the state of food policy in the U.S…. In one of his first public appearances since vacating the White House, Barack Obama stood before a crowd in Milan today and spoke on a topic he rarely touched as president: farming. While some media outlets were quick to comment on his tieless, […]

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2 Scientists, 2 Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

  Dealing with colony collapse disorder… It’s planting time in America. Farmers are spending long days on their tractors, pulling massive planters across millions of acres of farmland, dropping corn and soybean seeds into the ground. Most of those seeds have been coated with pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. And despite attempts […]

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Doctors Once Thought Bananas Cured Celiac Disease. They Saved Kids’ Lives — At A Cost

  An early treatment for celiac disease… The year was 1945, and 2-year-old Lindy Thomson had been given a few weeks to live. She suffered from diarrhea and projectile vomiting, and she was so thin and weak, she could no longer walk. Her parents had taken her from doctor to doctor. Finally, Dr. Douglas Arnold […]

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Trump Takes a Big Bite out of His Voters’ Food Stamps

  Trump’s own voters would suffer the most under his budget proposal… President Donald Trump unveiled his 2018 budget today, with more than $1 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years to government programs such as Medicaid, farm subsidies, affordable housing, and other anti-poverty programs. The budget includes $193 billion in cuts over a […]

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In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren’t

  On food insecurity in America… One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities. Food banks that serve these areas are also feeling […]

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The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Craving

  The history of America’s sugar addiction… The governor’s wife died more than 300 years ago in colonial Maryland. Her coffin was made of expensive lead and her wrists were bound with silk ribbons. But one of the most telling signs of Anne Wolseley Calvert’s wealth was the condition of her teeth. “She’d lost 20, […]

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