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Wheat: What Are We Really Eating?

August 28, 2014 8:57 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Wheat today is not the same grain our forebears ground into their daily bread. While wheat has naturally evolved, the drastic changes have come in the past 50 years from agricultural scientists. Has no one stopped to ask whether these features are compatible with human health?

Judge: Kauai GMO Law Invalid

August 26, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop...

North Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Hurt by Disease

August 25, 2014 2:17 pm | by Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota | News | Comments

The North Dakota winter wheat crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with...

Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has...

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Invasive Insect Threatens Iconic Florida Citrus

August 25, 2014 9:22 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida has always been well known for its oranges. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy and very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called "the yellow dragon."

Record Drought is Not So Sweet For Calif. Honey Production

August 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey and raising prices for consumers. The state is traditionally one of the country's largest honey producers, but the lack of rain has left fewer places for honeybees to forage.

New Mexico Chile Gets Certified-Product Safeguards

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and integrity of its signature crop: chile. The governor said consumers shouldn't have to wonder whether they're getting real New Mexico-grown chile.   

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Group Challenges Constitutionality of Oregon Right to Farm Act

August 14, 2014 9:58 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit was brought by 17 residents of the Cedar Valley area north of Gold Beach, who were victims last fall of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the immunity granted to pesticide applicators is unconstitutional. 

Genetically Engineered Fruit Flies Could Save Crops

August 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Natural Environment Research Council, Oxitec Ltd. | News | Comments

The fruit fly is a serious agricultural pest which causes extensive damage to crops. It is currently controlled by a combination of insecticides and baited traps. Now, experts are releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild as a way to control pests. 

VIDEO: Farm-to-Table Movement Reworked by Menuless Restaurants

August 13, 2014 9:56 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Instead of the typical American dinner where the protein takes center stage, chef Dan Barber asks consumers to make vegetables the main act. Barber says health is about what the landscape wants to provide and how our diets can be fashioned to support that.

US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

VIDEO: Why Do Wines Taste Differently?

August 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Wine makers take note! Researchers found that location is an important factor for growing wine grapes. From where the grapes are grown to where bottles are stored, the taste of wine can vary greatly, even in the same types of wine, due to location.

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Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

Farmers, National Group Seek to Help Hawaii in GMO Suit

August 6, 2014 9:31 am | by Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hilo, Hawaii | News | Comments

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety are asking to help Hawaii County defend itself in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit is challenging a county law that would ban open-air use and testing of modified crops, with exceptions for farmers who are already growing them.

Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

Scientists Compare Environmental Costs of Beef to Other Proteins

July 24, 2014 11:30 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

A new study conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science looked at the five main sources of protein in the American diet: dairy, beef, poultry, pork and eggs. They calculated the environmental inputs, or costs, per nutritional unit. Find out the real price of steak.

Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and livestock producers is moving from state legislatures to federal courts. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful.

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Middlemen Eliminated as Local Foods Become Big Business

July 16, 2014 8:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the growing number of consumers becoming interested in where their food comes from, companies and organizations are delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.

Report: Drought, Livestock Disease Likely to Increase US Food Prices

July 11, 2014 12:19 pm | by Euler Hermes | News | Comments

U.S. consumers should expect higher grocery store prices as drought and livestock disease have negatively impacted food supply, says a new report. Several products, such as lettuce and grapes are expected to have lower yields than in years past due to water shortage.

Is the 'Right-to-Farm' the New Freedom of Speech?

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of GMOs. The battle could have lasting repercussions for America's food supply.

July/August 2014: From Farm to Fromage

July 9, 2014 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of the-art facility to carry on a decades-long legacy of producing specialty goat cheese.

'Right-to-Farm' Amendment Shields Against Anti-GMO, Animal Rights Groups

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of a proposed farming amendment to be added to the Missouri Constitution hope amending the constituion could provide a legal shield against efforts by animal welfare groups to restrict particular farming methods or by organic food advocates to prohibit GMOs.

Rabobank Expects Continued Record-High US Cattle Prices

July 7, 2014 12:39 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a new report on the global beef industry, Rabobank says that the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. Beef imports to China are historically very high.

New Iowa Law Allows for Votes to Increase Corn Checkoff

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new law in effect this month would  increase the amount of money collected from Iowa corn. The state's corn industry has had to fight attempts to disparage high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener made from corn, as a major contributor to obesity. 

UC President Plans to Safeguard World Food Supply with Global Initiative

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of California President Janet Napolitano has plans to tackle one of the world's most important problems: food. As a former Homeland Security secretary, Napolitano has issued a new UC Global Food Initiative to safeguard the world's food supply.

USDA: US Farmers Plant Record Soy Crop, Less Corn

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year marks a record for U.S. farmers planting soybeans, with millions of acres of land devoted to the crop. Among the states that planted record amounts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

Obama Proposes World's Largest Ocean Preserve

June 19, 2014 8:15 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and American Samoa.

Scientist Awarded World Food Prize for Disease-Resistant Wheat

June 19, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crop scientist Sanjaya Rajaram, 71, was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize. He is credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions.

Maine High Court Rejects Unlicensed Raw Milk Sales

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dan Brown, a Blue Hill farmer who wanted the right to sell raw milk without being forced to spend thousands of dollars for upgrades to win a state license, lost his appeal to Maine's highest court. Brown was issued a civil summons in 2011 for selling without a license.

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