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For Farmers Without Land, a Long Island Lawn Will Do

Turning front lawns into farms…. Jim Adams met his wife on a trip to Uganda a decade ago. Rosette Basiima Adams, 35, grew up in Kasese, a town, she said, where “everything we ate, we grew.” “I went to see the gorillas in the Congo,” Mr. Adams, 42, recalled recently. But he left his tour […]

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Does Your Family’s Century-Old Pyrex Still Rule The Kitchen?

  On the history of Pyrex… In 1915, an advertisement proclaiming, “Bake in a glass!” appeared in the pages of Good Housekeeping. Corning Glass Works in New York had created a product that allowed food to be mixed, baked and served all in the same dish. By 1919, 4 million pieces of Pyrex — a new, […]

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Eat, Love, Pay

  Saving the Hilsa fish in Bangledesh…. Hilsa are a little fish with a big place in the hearts of Bangladeshis. A species of herring, hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha), are auspicious enough to give as temple offerings or wedding gifts, and serve at traditional Bengali New Year’s Day breakfasts. In recent years though, overfishing, habitat destruction, and […]

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Worst Drought in 16 Years Threatens Food Supplies in North Korea – U.N.

  Food shortage in isolated nation caused by severe drought…. North Korea is facing severe food shortages due to the worst drought since 2001 with food imports needed to ensure children and the elderly do not go hungry, the United Nations’ food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said rainfall in key […]

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The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia’s Iconic Peach

  On the peach’s ties to slavery… During peach season, Georgia’s roads are dotted with farm stands selling fresh peaches. Year-round, tourist traps sell mugs, hats, shirts and even snow globes with peaches on them. At the beginning of the Georgia peach boom, one of Atlanta’s major roads was renamed Peachtree Street. But despite its associations […]

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Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé Accused of Complicity in Illegal Rainforest Destruction

  Major food corporations are responsible for major deforestation…. Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra’s last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem. Plantations built on deforested land have allegedly been used to supply palm oil to scores of household brands that […]

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Sentencing Approaches for New England’s ‘Codfather’

  A follow-up on the Codfather… One of the biggest fishing magnates in the country could be sentenced to prison this coming week, and the forfeiture of his boats could be a big hit for the Massachusetts port where he amassed a small empire. Between his scalloping and groundfishing boats, Carlos Rafael – nicknamed “the […]

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Holistic Efforts are Making a Dent in Childhood Obesity

  On reducing childhood obesity… When it comes to childhood obesity, it might just take a village. Or that’s the implication of a two-year, community-wide intervention in two low-income Massachusetts towns, Fitchburg and New Bedford, which took place between 2012 and 2014. The effort focused on messages about: reducing screen time and soda consumption, replacing nutrient-poor foods […]

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Rise of Mega Farms: How the US Model of Intensive Farming is Invading the World

  On the increase of mega farms in the UK… The US has led the world in large-scale farming, pioneering the use of intensive livestock rearing in hog farms, cattle sheds and sheep pens. There are now more than 50,000 facilities in the US classified as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), with another quarter of […]

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Can San Jose Revitalize Local Food And Farms In Silicon Valley?

  Rethinking the food landscape of San Jose… San Jose, California is a sprawling city of contradictions. Once a bedroom suburb for San Francisco commuters, in recent years it has exploded to a city of more than a million people. Now San Jose serves as a home to both wealthy tech workers and working-class families sardined […]

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