Luke Runyon

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Dispute Over Prayer Breaks Divides Muslim Meatpacking Workers

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The conversation about religious accommodation in the workplace is playing out in a rural Colorado meatpacking town where Muslim workers at a Cargill plant were fired over prayer breaks.


World's Largest Meatpacking Firm Wants To Test Out Robot Butchers

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Cutting meat is hard, hazardous work, and it still takes thousands of workers to run a modern beef plant. But protein powerhouse JBS is looking for ways to automate the art of butchery.


World's Largest Meatpacking Company Tests Out Robot Butchers

Friday, January 01, 2016

Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner tables. But some of those jobs could eventually be replaced by robots. The world's largest meatpacking company is looking at ways to automate the art of butchery.


Critics Question Monsanto's Plan To Buy Syngenta

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monsanto, the world's largest producer of seeds, is trying to swallow up a competitor in pesticide production. The move could lead to fewer choices for farmers and further consolidate the industry.


Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.


Inside The World's Largest Food Company You've Probably Never Heard Of

Friday, July 10, 2015

Executives at JBS, the world's largest meat producer, know consumers want to know more about how their food is sourced. But the very nature of their business is grisly and sometimes unpalatable.


Concern Grows Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Regulators in the 23 states where medical or recreational marijuana is allowed are having a tough time making sure pot buyers don't ingest harmful pesticides.


Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Today, the average American eats about a half pound of lamb per year. Now lamb producers are setting their sights on Muslim consumers. But first they'll have to learn how to market to them.

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Farmers, Trade Association Debate Merits Of Organic Marketing Fund

Monday, April 06, 2015

The fast-growing organic sector hasn't enjoyed a succinct motto. The Organic Trade Association wants growers to help pay for one. The idea is splitting farmers, processors and marketers into factions.


Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. The state's economists are ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.


As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry

Monday, February 16, 2015

At farm shows across the country, drones have become as ubiquitous as tractors. Drone flights are mostly banned in the U.S., but on Sunday the FAA released long-awaited draft rules.


Are Farmers Market Sales Peaking? That Might Be Good For Farmers

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The rate of growth in the number of farmers markets and sales at them has slowed in recent years. But that could mean the entire local food movement is growing up.


After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.


Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

Monday, December 22, 2014

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."


Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The percentage of female farmers is climbing — slowly, according to federal figures. But those numbers don't take into account the many new roles women are filling on multigenerational family farms.


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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