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Initiative Allows Wash. Restaurants To Buy Liquor From Distilleries

March 2, 2012 10:02 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Washington bars and restaurants will be allowed to buy liquor directly from distilleries beginning Thursday, marking the first step in substantial changes to how the state sells spirits.

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Research Shows Promise Of Ocean-Based Aquaculture

March 2, 2012 9:59 am

Marine biologists at Kampachi Farms announced today the successful final harvest from the "Velella" Research Project, which raised fish for the first time in U.S. Federal waters. This harvest completes the grow-out cycle of sashimi-grade kampachi fish from an unanchored drifter pen that has been riding eddies in the open ocean, 3 to 75 miles offshore of the Big Island of Hawaii, since last summer.

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Anti-Nuclear Japanese Farmer Visits South Africa

March 2, 2012 9:54 am | by DONNA BRYSON,Associated Press

A farmer evacuated from her home near a Japanese nuclear power plant visited Soweto Wednesday to talk to impoverished South Africans about how the poor are worst hit by catastrophes like the one triggered by an earthquake in her homeland.

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Sara Lee Spinoff To Distribute $4.6B In Stock

March 2, 2012 9:48 am

Food company Sara Lee Corp. said Friday that its shareholders will get stock valued at up to $4.55 billion when it spins off its international coffee and tea business later this year.

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Photo Of The Day: Eco-Friendly Aquaculture

March 2, 2012 9:41 am

The Velella project raised fish in a drifter pen far offshore the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Disney Rethinks Obesity Exhibit After Complaints

March 1, 2012 12:02 pm

Walt Disney World says it is retooling an Epcot exhibit on childhood obesity after critics complained that it was insensitive to obese kids.

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Cassava: The 'Rambo' Of Food Crops

March 1, 2012 12:00 pm | by MICHELLE FAUL,Associated Press

Calling cassava "the Rambo of food crops," scientists Monday said the long-neglected root becomes even more productive in hotter temperatures and could be the best bet for African farmers threatened by climate change.

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Consumer Spending Rises On Higher Incomes

March 1, 2012 11:58 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Consumers earned a little more in January and spent most of the extra money. The gains should keep the economy growing at a modest pace.

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Connecticut Moves Closer To Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales

March 1, 2012 11:55 am | by SUSAN HAIGH,Associated Press

Connecticut moved closer Tuesday to allowing retail alcohol sales on Sundays, a step that would bring it in line with neighboring states by ending a ban that dates to Prohibition.

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Tyson Nebraska Plant Improvements May Doom Iowa Plant

March 1, 2012 11:52 am

Tyson Foods Inc. says major improvements at its Dakota City beef plant in northeast Nebraska could lead to the closure of a smaller beef plant in Denison, Iowa.

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Consumer Trends: Food Preservatives Market Worth $2.5B By 2016

March 1, 2012 11:47 am

Globalization, world trade, merging consumer tendencies and choices, growing concerns regarding food safety and quality are some of the key factors driving the food preservatives market.

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Jamaica Cracks Down On Farm Thieves

March 1, 2012 10:19 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press

Jamaica's government announced a campaign Tuesday to crack down on the longtime problem of thieves stealing livestock and crops from ranches and farms across the Caribbean island.

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Pork Checkoff Advances 2012 Pork Industry Research

March 1, 2012 10:16 am

The National Pork Board's six producer-led science and technology committees recently met in Dallas, Texas, to make decisions on how to advance pork producers' research priorities. Many of the committees reviewed research proposals to select projects that the Pork Checkoff would fund in 2012. In all, the groups reviewed more than 100 proposals, ultimately selecting those that would be of greatest benefit to the overall industry.

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FTC Reviewing 'Blackout In A Can'

March 1, 2012 10:10 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR,Associated Press

A carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz out of a sweet alcoholic drink sometimes referred to as "blackout in a can."

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General Mills Buys Snack Maker

March 1, 2012 10:06 am

General Mills Inc. announced Wednesday that it is buying the natural snack foods company Food Should Taste Good for an undisclosed amount.

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Iowa Bans Undercover Farm Filming

March 1, 2012 10:02 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Animal welfare groups reacted with outrage Wednesday after the Iowa Legislature made the state the first to approve a bill making it a crime to surreptitiously get into a farming operation to record video of animal abuse.

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Photo Of The Day: FTC Reviews Four Loko

March 1, 2012 9:58 am

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at a wave of complaints about the popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko. Under review: the amount of alcohol in the brightly colored, supersized cans and how they are marketed.

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Lawsuit Over Israeli Food Products Dismissed

February 29, 2012 1:15 pm

A lawsuit against a food co-op that decided to stop carrying products from Israel was thrown out Monday, with a judge saying the boycott was protected free speech that was lawfully enacted by the co-op's board.

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No Radiation Detected In Japanese Milk

February 29, 2012 1:11 pm

The Japan Dairy Industry Association said Wednesday its 116 member companies have detected no radioactive cesium in their 131 milk products in their tests following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.

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FDA Funds Sprout Safety Alliance At Institute For Food Safety And Health

February 29, 2012 1:07 pm

Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health will coordinate the Sprout Safety Alliance designed to assist sprout growers and producers in identifying and implementing best practices in the safe production of sprouts.

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