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Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It's because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there's debate about whether that's really worse for the animals.

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Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

Friday, January 16, 2015

A growing number of food vendors are literally pedaling their wares. From baristas to veggie farmers, many say bikes are a cheaper, greener, more convenient way to launch their mobile food businesses.

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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.

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Vintage Beer? Aficionados Say Some Brews Taste Better With Age

Friday, January 09, 2015

Aging in the bottle isn't just for wine anymore: It can also bring out sweet, caramel tones in some high-alcohol, smoky or sour craft brews. Don't believe us? You, too, can try this at home.

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Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Monday, January 05, 2015

One consequence of the thousands of breweries that have sprung up? Just about all the beer names you can imagine have been snapped up. That's making it harder for newcomers to name that brew.

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How California's New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

Monday, December 29, 2014

On Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens living in more spacious digs. The rules have disrupted the egg industry and pushed prices up at grocery stores in California.

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As Bourbon Booms, Demand For Barrels Is Overflowing

Monday, December 29, 2014

Distillers must age bourbon in new white oak barrels that are charred inside. But the barrel supply is running low, and new, small craft distillers are having trouble getting any barrels at all.

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Morning Edition

Not Just A Man's Drink: Ladies Lead The Whiskey Renaissance

Monday, December 29, 2014

Whiskey was long considered a man's drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it's women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.

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Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

Thursday, December 25, 2014

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

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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."

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In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they're changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. In one month this summer, for example, 40 restaurants opened.

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Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

Friday, December 12, 2014

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.

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Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone, but a big portion of imports are caught illegally. One expert calls this "the single greatest threat to sustainable fisheries in the world today."

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Morning Edition

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.

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Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Recent years were a good time to invest for beginning farmers, who run a quarter of U.S. farms. But with some crop prices crashing, paying back debts may require hard conversations and delayed dreams.

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In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Lumpy, bumpy produce that fails to meet supermarkets' high bar for beauty usually ends up as waste. But increasingly, European supermarkets are finding that ugly sells, if you tell the right story.

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Olive Oil Producers In 'Crisis' From Weather, Pests And Disease

Monday, December 08, 2014

Global olive oil production is down. Italian groves have been especially hard hit by a disease that killed 1 million trees. Audie Cornish speaks with Curtis Cord, publisher of the Olive Oil Times.

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Big Mac Whacked: McDonald's U.S. Sales Continue To Slide

Monday, December 08, 2014

McDonald's is not loving its financial numbers. The fast-food chain reported that same-store sales in the U.S. tumbled 4.6 percent in November compared with a year ago, continuing a downward trend.

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