Luke Runyon

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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

An effort to label genetically modified foods in Colorado failed to garner enough support Tuesday. It's the latest of several state-based GMO labeling ballot measures to fail. UPDATE: A similar measure in Oregon was also defeated by a narrow margin.

Voters in Colorado resoundingly rejected the labeling of foods that ...


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

In many communities, the local school district is the largest food provider, filling thousands of hungry bellies every day. But trying to feed healthful food to some of the pickiest eaters can result in mountains of wasted food.

Now, many schools are finding that giving kids a say in what ...

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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.


In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

Friday, August 22, 2014

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.


Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.


Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

After nearly 50 years of tight regulations, farmers in some states are now allowed to grow hemp seeds for experimentation. But it's still illegal to import viable seeds — which are in high demand.


The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Food trucks have been steadily multiplying in cities across the country for a few years now. So their collision with the brave new world of marijuana edibles — from brownies to gummy candy — was probably inevitable, at least in the states where the drug is now legal.

In late ...


Ranchers Wary As U.S. Considers Brazilian Beef Imports

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country's livestock has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. American ranchers worry about the risk and lower beef prices.


To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image

Monday, April 21, 2014

In Colorado, where recreational pot is now legal, stores are working hard to stand out — marketing to fans of organic, locally grown produce and trying to liken using pot to enjoying a glass of wine.


No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A record number of kids are joining the FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America. Many are from urban and suburban areas, and they're shifting the group's focus from agriculture to food science.


In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Invasive weeds are already a big headache for ranchers, who spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them. New research shows that a changing climate is likely to help many of these weeds thrive.


Could Our Food Supply Be A Target For Terrorists?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: Villains bent on chaos set their sights on a food company — an easy target — with plans to lace its products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out in time to save the day.

Sound far-fetched? Not according ...


Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

As the average age of the American farmer has crept up to 60, fewer young people are filling in the ranks behind them. That's prompted some to ask if young people even want to farm anymore.

The quick answer is yes, just not in the same numbers as they used ...


Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn't take long for accusations to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., ...


Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

Monday, August 05, 2013

The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.

In eastern Colorado, one ...


Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.

Multi-year droughts in states that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds ...