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Captain Citrus to the Rescue! Face of Florida OJ Gets a Makeover

September 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a talking orange wearing a cape. Now, he's being transformed into a Marvel Comics superhero to promote the benefits of orange juice in a country where carb-conscious dieters are increasingly turning away from the beverage.

VIDEO: Fresh vs. Frozen Foods

September 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by AsapSCIENCE | Videos | Comments

Thanks to freezers, we're able to keep our food lasting longer than ever before. But is there a...

Consumers Can Now Make Direct Investments into Food Companies

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A national movement called Slow Money, which...

Calif. Produce Company Issues Tomato Recall

September 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taylor Farms of Tracy issued a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them...

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Subscription Service is Redefining the Meaning of Local, Organic Produce

September 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Farmbox Direct | News | Comments

For those who are looking to embark on a healthier, cleaner lifestyle, Farmbox Direct offers seasonally selected produce perfect for those who don’t have enough time to shop for food that’s good for their mind, body and soul.          

Infographic: From Bud to Bottle, the Life of a Grape

September 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Vinepair | News | Comments

In order to illustrate how grapes get from vine to glass, here's the story of one little grape, and its journey from birth through its transformation into wine.                            

New Mexico's Green Chile Harvests a Growing Demand

September 10, 2014 9:36 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The seasonal attention highlights a growing demand for the New Mexico-grown hot peppers, even as the number of acres planted and harvested each year has been shrinking.                       

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Fresh-Frozen Market Husker

September 10, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Along with husking corn, the Fresh Husker removes stems and debris from fruit such as citrus and apples, and vines. It also can remove tops and debris from beets, carrots, onions, potatoes and radishes.

Pesticide Drift is Persistent Problem For Organic Farmers

September 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic growers are trying to profit off the rising consumer interest in locally grown, natural foods. But those smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Dietary Recommendations May Be Tied to Increased Gas Emissions

September 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems looked at the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Earthbound Farm Celebrates 30 Years in 30 Days

September 3, 2014 1:30 pm | by Earthbound Farm | News | Comments

America's largest grower of organic produce launches Salad Sign Quiz for its 30th anniversary campaign. "Eat What You Are" celebrates the personality pillars of Earthbound Farm founders, farmers, employees and customers.      

Chefs, Breeders Pair Up to Produce Tastier Vegetables

September 3, 2014 9:00 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing or livestock feed, those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to produce better-tasting vegetables.        

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Solid Apple Crop Expected in Northern New England

September 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont, the second biggest producer of apples in New England after Massachusetts, produced about 850,000 bushels of apples last year, and experts predict this year's yield will be close to that.             

How to Prevent Organic Food Fraud

August 29, 2014 10:00 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Researchers note that the demand for organic food is growing at a rapid clip. However, figuring out whether a fruit or vegetable was grown under organic conditions is fraught with complications. Monika Hohmann and her colleagues decided to take a stab at developing a new method.  

Chiquita Brands Sued For Deceptive Advertising

August 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by WASH | News | Comments

The lawsuit, filed by Seattle-based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) claims that Chiquita "advertises that its bananas are farmed in an ecologically friendly and sustainable manner."               

VIDEO: World's Largest Food Fight

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

On the last Wednesday of August, thousands of people celebrate Tomatina in Buñol, Spain, where 100 tons of tomatoes are hurled at one another. Tomatina is a decades-old tradition. Anthony Mason reports.            

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 Kauai's new law from going into effect. The companies argued the local ordinance is invalid and unfairly targets their industry.       

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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."

PRODUCT VIDEO: Field Potato Sorter

August 21, 2014 7:45 am | by TOMRA | Product Releases | Comments

The Field Potato Sorter can be used for different varieties and sizes of unwashed potatoes, while process and packer customers can use the data the machine produces for predictive analysis to achieve purposes such as optimizing production lines.

Report: Packaged Produce Means Less Time, Waste

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more than 70 percent of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. The hectic pace of the average American's daily routine has become a key factor as to why the reliance on convenience and ready-to-eat foods has spiked.

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.   

VIDEO: Importing Our Produce

August 19, 2014 10:30 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

According to a recent report from the USDA, imported fruits and vegetables account for an ever increasing share of U.S. consumption and in most cases, U.S. imports are sourced from just a few supplying countries.          

US Producer Prices Rise Only 0.1 Percent in July

August 15, 2014 8:20 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June. The cost of vegetables, among other goods, fell. In the past year, producer prices have risen just 1.7 percent, slightly below the Federal Reserve's target.

Coming Soon: Genetically Edited Fruit?

August 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

With awareness of what makes these biotechnologies new and different, genetically edited fruits might be met with greater acceptance by society than GMOs so far have been, especially in Europe. Fruits are but one example of dozens of possible future applications for GEOs.

VIDEO: Will Produce Trump the Cookie Aisle in the Future?

August 14, 2014 10:41 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

When given the option between a cookie and a piece of produce, which one do you reach for? In five years, you could be spending more time and money in the produce aisle. Author Michael Moss says produce marketers are going to figure out how to really drive sales upwards.

Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

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: Colbert's Take on Vladimir Putin's Food Sanctions

August 12, 2014 10:09 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Vladimir Putin retaliates against economic sanctions by imposing a strict ban on food imports from the West.                           

Del Monte Opens First Canada Processing Plant

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Altech Technology Systems Inc. | News | Comments

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is opening its first Canadian processing plant in Oshawa, Ontario. Its new wastewater treatment system is designed to treat 40,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the fresh cut processing of 100,000 lbs. per week of produce.

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