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Indiana City Looks To Use Food Waste To Get Methane

February 21, 2012 1:06 pm

Valparaiso is looking at using food waste to increase the amount of methane now generated at its sewage treatment facility, a move that would cut the plant's utility bills.

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Kraft Income Up On Higher Prices

February 21, 2012 1:02 pm

The company, whose brands include Nabisco, Maxwell House and Trident, and the rest of the food and beverage industry are coping with higher costs at a time when consumers in developed markets like the U.S. are limiting spending.

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High-Arsenic Baby Food Linked To Brown Rice Syrup

February 21, 2012 12:54 pm

A recent study linked organic brown rice to high-arsenic baby food, but the USA Rice Federation says organic brown rice syrup is not widely used in U.S. food products. 

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Consumer Trends: More Employees Lunching At Home

February 21, 2012 12:45 pm

Spurred by the lingering effects of the recession, consumers are cutting back on away-from-home lunch purchases.  More than a third of respondents (37 percent) say they've cut back on foodservice spending at lunch over the past year, and 31 percent say they are eating lunch at home more often.

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N.Y. Bans Shellfishing In Long Island Area

February 21, 2012 10:15 am

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is closing a shellfishing harvesting area on Long Island for seven months. The closure, beginning Saturday, affects about 7,100 acres of Hempstead Bay, west of the Wantagh.

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Pilgrim's Pride Posts 4Q Loss

February 21, 2012 10:13 am

Like other poultry producers, Pilgrim's Pride has been squeezed between rising costs and flat demand for poultry. The company has cut costs, and on Friday said that 2011 was a "transformational" year in its efforts to build a leaner operation.

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FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine

February 21, 2012 10:09 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI,Associated Press

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement.

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Kansas Open To Lab Funding Alternatives

February 21, 2012 10:06 am | by JOHN MILBURN,Associated Press

 Sen. Steve Morris says the need for a research facility of this magnitude is important for the nation's food safety and to protect public health. 

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Dry Midwestern Winter Could Mean Summer Drought

February 21, 2012 10:02 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

A relatively snow-free winter in the Upper Midwest has some officials worried about damage to agriculture if the dry weather persists into spring planting. Minnesota's agriculture and commerce commissioners, Dave Frederickson and Mike Rothman, signaled their concern when they advised farmers Thursday to buy crop insurance before next month's deadline. Most of Minnesota is in the earliest stage of drought, and parts of Iowa and the Dakotas also are abnormally dry or worse. 

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Photo Of The Day: Inhalable Caffeine

February 21, 2012 9:59 am

The Food and Drug Administration will investigate the safety and legality of inhalable caffeine, created by Harvard biomedical engineering professor David Edwards

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Campbell Soup Income Falls

February 20, 2012 9:00 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Campbell Soup Co.'s second-quarter net income fell 14 percent as it spent more on marketing and a cutback in discounting hurt sales volume.

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General Mills Lowers Outlook

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

General Mills Inc. is lowering is fiscal 2012 adjusted earnings forecast, saying it experienced softer volumes in the U.S. during December and January.

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Research Says Climate Warming Puts Food Security At Risk

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

Climate warming caused by greenhouse gases is very likely to increase the variability of summertime temperatures around the world by the end of this century, a University of Washington climate scientist said Friday. The findings have major implications for food production.

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California Winemakers Try To Crack Chinese Market

February 20, 2012 9:00 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

California winemakers think the days of rice wine in China are waning as vintners find success marketing high-end cabernets to a new generation of upscale consumers. Wine exports crushed international sales records in 2011, due in large part to growing demand for California wines in China and Hong Kong.

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Study: Nanoparticles In Food Could Harm Health

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

Billions of engineered nanoparticles in foods and pharmaceuticals are ingested by humans daily, and new Cornell research warns they may be more harmful to health than previously thought.

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Photo Of The Day: Ben & Jerry’s Wants To ‘Get The Dough Out Of Politics’

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

Ben & Jerry's unveils Stephen Colbert's SuperPack as a kickoff to its GetTheDoughOut.org campaign to raise awareness about corporate money in politics.

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Warm Winter Could Ruin Indiana's Fruit Crop

February 17, 2012 12:54 pm

Purdue University Extension fruit specialists say ongoing mild temperatures may make some plants blossom the next time the state sees a stretch of temperatures above 50 degrees. The warm weather tricks the plant into thinking it's spring. If there's a frost afterwards that kills flower buds, the plants can't recover. Farmers can't do anything to protect the plants if this happens.

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Emerging Markets Boost Heinz Revenue

February 17, 2012 12:52 pm

H.J. Heinz Co.'s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 4 percent as the company sold more ketchup and sales in emerging markets shot up 40 percent.

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Judge Won't Halt Anti-Whaling Group's Activities

February 17, 2012 12:47 pm

Judge Richard Jones said he would issue a written ruling later, but that he's inclined to deny a request for a preliminary injunction made by Japanese whalers against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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European-Moroccan Pact Loosens Food Trade

February 17, 2012 12:45 pm

The European Parliament approved on Thursday a new fishing and farming accord with Morocco designed to reduce customs costs and boost trade across the Mediterranean.

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