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How British Farmers Are Making Rapeseed (Canola) Posh And Flavorful

Thursday, April 30, 2015

In the U.K., rapeseed is getting a royal treatment. It's called cold-pressing, and it's a method of processing the oilseed to bring out the best of its mustardy flavor.

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Morning Edition

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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Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

Monday, April 27, 2015

Chipotle's move is the latest example of the food industry ditching ingredients, as consumers demand a say in what's in their dinner. Some of these ingredients are more questionable than others.

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All Things Considered

How Texas Ranchers Try To Clinch The Perfect Rib-Eye

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The rib-eye is the bestselling cut of beef in America both at the supermarket and the steakhouse. Once a year, breeders bring their stock into the barn to take a peek at the steak using ultrasound.

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Morning Edition

Fruit Growers Try Tricking Mother Nature To Prevent Crop Damage

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In Michigan's orchard country, extreme heat and cold can mean disaster for fruit growers. Now some are using a new twist on old technology to fool trees when sudden, unexpected weather changes occur.

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All Things Considered

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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When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thousands of spectators gather every April to see ecstatic cows return to fields on organic farms around Denmark. The organic industry says the event has helped fuel demand for organic foods.

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Appetite For Gulf Seafood Is Back, But The Crabs And Oysters Aren't

Monday, April 20, 2015

Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there's a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.

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Morning Edition

How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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Morning Edition

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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All Things Considered

California Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Farms in California use as much as four times the water consumed by cities and towns. Now farmers are on defense after the governor decided to mostly exempt them from new, sweeping water cutbacks.

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Why Wal-Mart Is Betting Big On Being Your Local Urban Grocer

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Wal-Mart conquered the suburbs, but its future may lie in smaller stores in dense city neighborhoods. And in our grab-and-go times, freshly prepared meals are a big part of its urban strategy.

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Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallow fields and emergency water measures.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Friday, March 27, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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Morning Edition

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Friday, March 27, 2015

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.

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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As much as a third of the produce grown on some farms is rejected because it doesn't meet beauty standards. But it's still tasty and healthy. One big firm is now telling growers: Give us your uglies.

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All Things Considered

Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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All Things Considered

Pain From The Grain: Corn Belt Towns Languish As Prices Drop

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Some farmers won't break even this planting season, and may have to tap into their savings. Many Corn Belt towns depend largely on these farmers and businesses linked to farming.

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