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Dan Charles

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Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The national egg shortage is hitting bakers hard. Some are replacing eggs with highly engineered ingredients that promise to work just as well.

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The Ancient City Where People Decided To Eat Chickens

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chicken bones unearthed in Israel may mark a turning point in human cuisine: They could be the earliest evidence of people raising chickens for food, rather than cockfighting or use in ceremonies.

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The Sad, Stately Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A White House photographer captured the lunch that Richard Nixon ate before announcing his resignation. It's an unusual image of a humble meal as power is slipping away.

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The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cottage cheese was the yogurt of the mid-20th century: a dairy product for the health-conscious. But it has fallen out of favor, while marketing of — and demand for — yogurt has soared.

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Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.

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A Crime Of Passion: When The Love Of Yogurt Burned Too Bright

Monday, July 13, 2015

Edgar Diaz poured his heart into building a yogurt company whose product won accolades. So why did he burn down his factory? The answer is a kind of love story: an ill-fated love affair with yogurt.

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Buzz Kill For Bumblebees: Climate Change Is Shrinking Their Range

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Wild bees are some of nature's busiest pollinators of crops and flowers. But new evidence suggests a warming climate is squeezing the bounds of where bumblebees can live.

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White House: We Have A Beef With GMO Regulations

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The White House has ordered a review of the government's system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.

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Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.

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Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Friday, June 12, 2015

Will agricultural chemical dealers start selling microbes? Some big pesticide companies are investing in efforts to turn soil bacteria into tools that farmers can use to grow more food.

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Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Friday, June 12, 2015

Some organic farmers are protesting a new system Whole Foods is using to rate its suppliers. They say the system devalues the organic label because nonorganic producers can earn the highest grades.

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Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The world's biggest seed company wants to buy the world's biggest pesticide company. Syngenta is playing hard to get, but a veteran industry executive says the deal may happen.

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FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.

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Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.

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Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Antibiotics Used By Humans

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Antibiotic use is falling out of fashion in the poultry industry. Tyson Foods, the biggest poultry producer in the U.S., says it will stop feeding its birds human-use antibiotics in two years.

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Millions Of Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.

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Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, based simply on when their land was first irrigated.

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Beyond Almonds: A Rogue's Gallery of Guzzlers In California's Drought

Sunday, April 12, 2015

California is parched. Wells are running dry. Vegetable fields have been left fallow and lawns are dying. Who can we blame? From almonds to politicians to cheap water, here are seven candidates.

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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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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