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Female Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Getting Your 'Shine On Is Becoming Increasingly Legal

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Mention moonshine and you might think of an illegal backwoods still carefully hidden to evade authorities. But recently, legal distilleries have been popping up in a white lightning renaissance.

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Who Made That Flavor? Maybe A Genetically Altered Microbe

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Biotech companies are inserting new genes into microorganisms, turning them into tiny factories to produce valuable nutrients and flavors. But many of the companies don't want to talk about it.

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Hey, College Kids: You Really Can Minor In Craft Beer Studies

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Paul Smith's College, in upstate New York, is among a handful of higher ed institutions offering coursework in craft beer. Be forewarned: The classes are heavier on the science than the partying.

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Shucking Oysters By The Thousands, With A Steady Smile

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

For 40 years, Maryland's George Hastings has been shucking oysters at festivals and competitions around the U.S. And while the work can be grueling, he says he'll only quit when it stops being fun.

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Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.

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Why American Honey Importers Are Wary Of 'Turkish' Honey

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

American honey importers say they've noticed an odd surge in cheap honey from Turkey. They think some of that honey really came from China, which is subject to U.S. trade restrictions.

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For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.

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Morning Edition

No 'Misteak': High Beef Prices A Boon For Drought-Weary Ranchers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you've shopped for meat recently, you no doubt have noticed that beef prices are up. That may be hard on consumers, but the prices are helping ranchers purchase expensive feed and rebuild herds.

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Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Farmers depend on "Big Data" these days, but some worry the companies collecting information about their operations might misuse it. New privacy guidelines are supposed to protect farmers' interests.

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With Drought The New Normal, Calif. Farmers Find They Have To Change

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three years of severe drought in California is forcing farmers and ranchers to make some tough choices. In some cases, they're rethinking everything about their business and finding new opportunities.

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Morning Edition

Big Mayo Vs. Little Mayo: Which Brand Has Egg On Its Face?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Unilever is claiming that the label on Hampton Creek's egg-free spread is misleading and is threatening to its Hellmann's brand. But marketing experts say the strategy may have backfired.

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Morning Edition

Want To Grow These Apples? You'll Have To Join The Club

Monday, November 10, 2014

New brands are reshaping the apple aisle of supermarkets. Many are "club apples" --varieties that are controlled and managed by select groups of farmers.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Saturday, November 08, 2014

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.

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Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Farmers will haul in a record-breaking harvest of soybeans and corn this year, but they could be victims of their own success: Prices for these crops, falling for months, are at five-year lows.

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A Non-GMO Way To Get More, Tastier Tomatoes

Monday, November 03, 2014

Farmers want tomato varieties that yield more fruit. Consumers want tastier ones. How to resolve that tension? A new genetic toolkit could help growers maximize the best of both worlds.

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Who Should Pay To Fix The World's Salt-Damaged Soils?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The area of land no longer suitable for farming because of salt degradation is rising quickly. Scientists argue the private sector should help fund efforts to reverse it since it relies on the crops.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.

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