Luke Runyon

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Week In Politics: Executive Action, Keystone Pipeline

Friday, November 14, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about issues that popped up during the first week in Washington since the midterms.

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Legal Marijuana Drives Booming Demand For Denver's Warehouses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Colorado law says the plant itself has to be grown indoors, but regulation and reluctant banks have made real estate hard to come by for pot entrepreneurs. The right property can go for millions.


Colorado, Oregon Reject GMO Labeling

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected measures to require labels on foods produced with genetic engineering. Meanwhile, voters in Maui, Hawaii, approved a moratorium on GMO crops.


Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington, and Vermont is being sued for the labeling law it enacted earlier this year.


To Stop Picky Eaters From Tossing The Broccoli, Give Them Choices

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

When healthier school lunch standards went into effect, many worried kids would toss their mandated veggies. But researchers say letting kids pick what they put on their tray can cut down on waste.

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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.


In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

Friday, August 22, 2014

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.


Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.


Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

After nearly 50 years of tight regulations, farmers in some states are now allowed to grow hemp seeds for experimentation. But it's still illegal to import viable seeds — which are in high demand.


The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The food truck craze and recreational marijuana have now collided. MagicalButter, a Seattle-based company, says its Samich food truck is just one of many pot culinary ventures.


Ranchers Wary As U.S. Considers Brazilian Beef Imports

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country's livestock has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. American ranchers worry about the risk and lower beef prices.


To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image

Monday, April 21, 2014

In Colorado, where recreational pot is now legal, stores are working hard to stand out — marketing to fans of organic, locally grown produce and trying to liken using pot to enjoying a glass of wine.


No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A record number of kids are joining the FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America. Many are from urban and suburban areas, and they're shifting the group's focus from agriculture to food science.


In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Invasive weeds are already a big headache for ranchers, who spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them. New research shows that a changing climate is likely to help many of these weeds thrive.


Could Our Food Supply Be A Target For Terrorists?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Terrorists haven't hit our food supply — yet. But major vulnerabilities exist, from food processing plants to cattle ranching. U.S. regulators want the industry to start taking the risk seriously.


Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

They want to get involved with both the local food movement and more conventional forms of agriculture. But many of them are finding their options limited. Ranch and farmland across the plains is going for several thousand dollars an acre, keeping many aspiring farmers out of the market.


Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

At Colorado State University, billions of seeds and other genetic material sit inside a giant storage vault. They're kept there in case of a loss of plant or animal life on a regional or global scale. But the investigation into GMO wheat in Oregon has raised questions about security at the facility.


Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

Monday, August 05, 2013

The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.


Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

No, your eyes aren't fooling you: Prices for burger and steak meat have been going up this summer. Why? The ongoing drought in the Midwest has created a shortage of feed, raising expenses for ranchers and forcing some to cull their herds. And economists don't expect the beef price hikes to let up this year.


Colorado Farmers Scramble To Find Irrigation Water

Friday, April 05, 2013

Cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, leaving farmers to rent the water back to irrigate crops and raise cattle. During a drought, cities are reluctant to give up any of their reserves. With little irrigation water, farmers must plant less, hire fewer people and bank on crop insurance.