The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.


The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It's now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter's return to take the helm.


All Things Considered

A Craft Beer Tax Battle Is Brewing On Capitol Hill

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Craft beer is a rapidly growing industry, and Washington lawmakers have noticed. Two proposed bills would lower the federal excise tax for small brewers.


FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Random tests of milk reveal that a few farmers are treating dairy cows with antibiotics that aren't supposed to be used on them. The FDA is now considering tighter controls to prevent such practices.


Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

Friday, March 06, 2015

U.S. ranchers want consumers to know their meat came from cattle "raised in America." Meatpackers argue such labels add cost without much benefit. A trade dispute could soon make the labels disappear.


From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Sara Creech's nursing career fell apart after she returned from Iraq with PTSD. She found purpose — and a new path — on the farm. Now, the USDA is giving veterans like her more financial support.


Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.


Morning Edition

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers worry that if those workers gain legal status, they will leave agriculture. But some workers say they would stay.


Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow

Monday, February 23, 2015

Big metal shipping containers are often used to import food from around the globe. Now, two Boston entrepreneurs are modifying those containers to grow local produce hydroponically, 365 days a year.


A Wet And Wild Look Inside The 'Mushroom Houses' Of A Fungi Farm

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Foraging for wild, edible fungi may be a growing trend. But most of the mushrooms we eat come from farms — and a behind-the-scenes look at one of them turns out to be pretty exciting on its own.


Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It's the result of a dockworker labor dispute that's jammed operations.


How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

Friday, February 13, 2015

The trade agreement has helped the U.S., Mexico and Canada sell a lot more food to one another. That's meant more seasonal produce for the U.S., and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.


California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.


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.


How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The USDA is considering a set of rules for certifying farmed fish as organic. But some consumer groups say the recommendations don't go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.


Morning Edition

Here's How To End Iowa's Great Nitrate Fight

Monday, February 02, 2015

Des Moines, Iowa, wants to control nitrate pollution in nearby rivers. It's often called fertilizer runoff. But the best way to reduce it involves planting different crops, not using less fertilizer.


All Things Considered

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Friday, January 30, 2015

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.


Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?


Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.


How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

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