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Photo Of The Day: Small Dairies, Big Opportunities

April 10, 2012 9:37 am

One of the challenges Peck faced when raising a small herd of dairy goats was finding the equipment to pasteurize the milk to make cheese. There were plenty of pasteurizers for big dairies but virtually nothing for smaller operations, like her herd of about 50 Nigerian dwarf goats. Peck was happy to find a small-scale pasteurizing machine that allows them to process from 15 to 35 pounds of milk.


Effects Of Irene Hamper Spring Planting

April 9, 2012 1:23 pm | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Most of the refuse left behind from Tropical Storm Irene — televisions, refrigerators, books and toys — has been cleared from the pastures and fields of Liberty Hill Farm along the White River. But the flood waters also deposited a layer of gravel, sand and silt that is choking grass in some spots of the normally rich, loamy soil and hampering spring planting of other feed crops for their dairy cows.


Food Lion Recalls Taco Kit For Allergen Issues

April 9, 2012 1:21 pm

The operator of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid's supermarkets said Saturday that it is recalling one production lot of a taco kit because it may contain a milk allergen.


Costco Says No Oregon Liquor Initiative This Year

April 9, 2012 1:18 pm | by JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press

The company that bankrolled a campaign last year to privatize liquor sales in Washington state won't do the same this year in Idaho or Oregon. Costco Wholesale Corp. put up almost all of the $22 million in the Washington campaign to free up hard liquor sales but says it'll be on the sidelines now.


Herr's Potato Chip Founder Dies At 87

April 9, 2012 1:15 pm

James Herr was born in Lancaster, Pa., 30 miles northwest of Nottingham, and began his career with a $1,750 investment in a small local potato chip company, according to the Herr Foods website.


Study: Early Exposure To BPA Affects Adult Learning

April 9, 2012 1:10 pm

In testing the effects of the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) on zebrafish, UW-Milwaukee scientist Daniel Weber found himself in familiar territory. The results he observed were similar to those he’d seen when exposing the fish to mercury during their early development – profound behavioral changes occurred not only immediately after hatching, but also in adulthood. 


Consumer Trends: Consumers Are Changing Food Behaviors

April 9, 2012 12:35 pm

U.S. consumers are cooking more often, experimenting with food and using time in their kitchen to help save money and eat healthier. These findings are among the results of the March 2012 DuPont™ Teflon® brand Be Cook Aware consumer survey, conducted to understand how the past year's trends have impacted America's cooking and eating behaviors at home.


Spring Freeze Threatens Michigan Cherry Orchards

April 9, 2012 10:16 am

Northern Michigan's tart cherry crop is in jeopardy as a spring chill froze buds that appeared during the unusual warm spell in March, farmers and industry leaders said.


Pet Food Recalled For Salmonella

April 9, 2012 10:14 am

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food because it may be contaminated with salmonella.


Aquaponics Business Takes Over Former Meat Plant

April 9, 2012 10:10 am | by MARTHA IRVINE,AP National Writer

In their heyday, the stockyards gave Chicago a reputation as the world's meat-packing capital — but also as an environmental and health horror brought to life in the stark images of Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle." A few remnants of that industry remain here today. But now, you will find a jungle of a very different kind here. It's on the third floor of an old meat-packing plant, a humid hothouse, of sorts, filled with rows of greens and sprouts, even exotic white strawberries. Nearby, in large blue barrels, lurk tilapia, fish native to tropical regions.


New Coca-Cola Process Not Kosher

April 9, 2012 10:07 am

Coke directed its suppliers last year to change the way they manufacture caramel to reduce levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, which California has listed as a carcinogen. Although the manufacturing changes didn't affect the formula or the taste, the resulting product doesn't meet Jewish dietary laws for Passover, the company said.


AIDS Activists Call For Hershey Boycott

April 9, 2012 10:03 am | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

Amid the Easter weekend surge in candy sales, AIDS activists Friday stepped up their calls for a boycott of Hershey candy to protest the refusal of a boarding school with ties to the company to admit a teenager because he is HIV-positive.


Photo Of The Day: Urban Farming

April 9, 2012 10:00 am

Andrew Fernitz, a partner in 312 Aquaponics, holds a net containing tilapia in an old meat-packing plant where the business has taken up residence, in Chicago. Water containing waste from the fish is used to fertilize greens, which filter out the nutrients before the water is returned to the fish.


New Belgium Chooses N.C. For Expansion

April 6, 2012 12:49 pm

New Belgium Brewing is building its East Coast brewery in western North Carolina, potentially creating more than 150 jobs.


Taco Bell Denies Salmonella Claims

April 6, 2012 12:47 pm

A lawsuit filed by an Oklahoma woman who claimed she contracted salmonella after eating at Taco Bell has been transferred to federal court. In a court filing, Taco Bell denied it was liable for Smith's illness.


Israeli Chefs Prepare For Passover

April 6, 2012 12:45 pm | by DANIELLA CHESLOW,Associated Press

Passover rules are so elaborate that chefs who want to observe the ritual law must prepare weeks before, removing every last crumb, buying up new sets of kitchen utensils and planning menus without bread or wheat flour.


Mississippi Near Deal In Suit Over Failed Beef Plant

April 6, 2012 12:41 pm | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Mississippi could soon settle its 2007 civil lawsuit against the firms that built the financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland.


Researchers: Banned Antibiotics Still In Poultry Feed

April 6, 2012 12:40 pm

In a joint study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University found evidence suggesting that a class of antibiotics previously banned by the U.S. government for poultry production is still in use.


Consumer Trends: Top 10 Functional Food Trends

April 6, 2012 12:37 pm

The Top 10 Functional Food Trends of 2012 point to more consumers favor getting their vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat and beverages they drink instead of supplements, according to research presented Wednesday at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting.


Md. Senate Approves Bill Banning Arsenic In Chicken Feed

April 6, 2012 10:13 am | by SARAH BREITENBACH,Associated Press

Maryland's Senate signed off on a bill to ban a chicken feed additive containing arsenic.



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