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Once a Niche, Local Foods Are Now Big Business

January 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once "quirky niche" designation to claim a much more prominent — and permanent — place in the U.S. food and beverage retail-scape.      

Survey Says Spain is Most Likely to Unveil New Wine Region in 2015

January 28, 2015 1:20 pm | by Carinena | News | Comments

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Fueled by Oil, Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

January 27, 2015 9:55 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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China Moves to Accept Imports of All US Apple Varieties

January 27, 2015 8:45 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in several years, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on...

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Calif. Raisin Case Headed to Supreme Court

January 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

For the second time, Melvin Horne will defend his rights as a raisin farmer by arguing to the Supreme Court. Under a government program, raisin producers are forced to hand over nearly half of their annual crop without getting paid.     

Oranges vs. Orange Juice: Which One Might Be Better For Your Health?

January 22, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

While many health advocates advise consumers to eat an orange rather than opt for a serving of sugary juice, scientists found that there are certain nutrients in orange juice that might be easier for the body to absorb.        

VIDEO: This is How McDonald's Fries Are Made

January 22, 2015 10:20 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

After showing us how Chicken McNuggets and McRib patties are made, McDonald's is back with another video. "Are the fries even made from potatoes?" And "Are they ground up and mushed into the fry shape?" These are just a couple of questions that customers are asking.

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Avocados, Blueberries and Cocoa Beans: The ABC's of Keeping the Doctor Away

January 21, 2015 9:50 am | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | Articles | Comments

Times have changed. It used to be that an apple a day kept the doctor away. But three recent studies indicate this mantra could be changed to “a blueberry- avocado-cocoa-bean-smoothie a day” keeps the doctor away — if the doctor is a cardiologist.

Choosing the Right Fan For Your Food Processing Application

January 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Prom, Regional Sales Manager, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Industrial fans need to be constructed of quality materials for long life and durability. Nowhere is this more important than in meat processing facilities where fans are washed down on a daily basis. This is why it is important to choose the right fan for your food processing application.

Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU's standards for environmental and food safety. A new report takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

Study Confirms Sweet Potato Leaves a 'Good Source of Vitamins'

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE | News | Comments

Sweet potatoes are known to be a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and certain B vitamins that are considered essential to human health. But besides the commonly consumed root of the plant, certain tissues in the potato are also edible and high in nutritonal value.

Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds are designed to increase yield, deter pests and tolerate weed-killing chemicals, particularly the company's Roundup, a staple for farmers worldwide.

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Winegrowers Unveil 100-Year Business Plan to Preserve Agriculture

January 16, 2015 10:10 am | by Sonoma County Winegrowers | News | Comments

The existence of the 100-year plan was announced nearly one year to the day when Sonoma County Winegrowers generated worldwide attention for its bold commitment to become the nation's first 100% sustainable wine growing region by 2019.  

Ga. Appeals Court Hears Case Over Vidalia Onion Regulation

January 15, 2015 8:25 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bitter fight over Georgia's famed sweet onions is winding its way through the legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand.

Calif. Unveils Strict Rules on Pesticide Use

January 14, 2015 10:45 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The restrictions target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and almond orchards. In recent years, the chemical has caused hundreds of people to suffer from irritated eyes, coughing fits and headaches.

Study Says Eating School Lunch After Recess Boosts Produce Consumption

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

With food waste as a growing problem in the U.S., a new study looked at ways to get kids in school to eat more produce. The researchers found that by switching the recess hour to before lunch, kids consumed up to 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. 

Holy Guacamole! Americans to Eat a Record 240M Avocados During Big Game

January 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Hass Avocado Board | News | Comments

It's estimated Americans will eat nearly 120 million pounds or 240 million fresh avocados during the week leading up to the Big Game on Feb. 1. That's a whopping 3,785 avocados per seat in the University of Phoenix Stadium and it's 21 percent more avocados than in 2014.

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Canadian Agency Recalls Apple Slices Over Listeria Concerns

January 12, 2015 10:30 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A recall of apple products is being expanded to P.E.I. due to concerns over possible listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited is recalling its apple slices.         

Research Finds Salt Tolerance Gene in Soybean

January 9, 2015 2:10 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE | News | Comments

The researchers, at the University of Adelaide in Australia and the Institute of Crop Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, have identified a specific gene in soybean that has great potential for soybean crop improvement.

Granny Smith, Gala Apples From US Recalled Over Listeria Fears

January 9, 2015 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, California is recalling apples shipped from its Shafter, California packing facility last year, prompted by a federal investigation of 32 listeria illnesses in 11 states.

VIDEO: An Avocado a Day to Keep Bad Cholesterol at Bay?

January 8, 2015 9:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

While an apple a day may keep the doctor away, new research shows that an avocado a day can keep cholesterol at bay! Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the best diets for your heart.    

Scientists Successfully Grow Onions Overwintered in Low Tunnels

January 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE | News | Comments

In response to high demand for year-round local produce, researchers with the University of New Hampshire report they have successfully grown bulbing onions planted in fall for a spring harvest with the aid of inexpensive low tunnels.   

Monsanto Earnings Fall on Lower Corn Seed Sales

January 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on those foodstaples to their lowest levels in years. That has resulted in farmers in South America and elsewhere reducing the number of acres they dedicate to corn. 

Caramel Apple Recall Expanded to Kroger Brand

January 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Happy Apple Company of Washington, MO, is expanding its recall of caramel apples to include Kroger brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company with a best use by date between Sept. 15 and Nov. 18, 2014.   

Photo of the Day: Study Reveals Causes of Apple Skin Spotting

January 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A newly released study, published in the American Society for Horticultural Science, found that “skin spots,” a disorder commonly found in Elstar and Golden Delicious apples, usually appear on the apples’ skin after the fruit has been transported or moved from storage.

Figures Show US-Cuba Trade Likely Hit Decade Low Last Year

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The statistics show that U.S. farmers sold slightly more than $253 million worth of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the first 10 months of 2014. If the last two months of the year reflect similar levels of sales, 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba since 2004.

Calif. Citrus Braves the Bitter Cold

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citrus growers in California say their crops survived the freezing temperatures of the last three days. California Citrus Mutual President Joel Nelson said that citrus growers put in place frost protection measures to protect their crops. The last critical freeze for the industry was December 2013. 

Caribbean Seeks US to Help Boost Sugar Production

December 31, 2014 6:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Guyana-based organization that oversees sugar production in the Caribbean says it is seeking to partner with U.S. companies to help save one of the world's oldest sugarcane breeding institutions.        

Move Over Farmers' Markets: Food Hubs Linking Consumers with Locally Farmed Food

December 29, 2014 9:26 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers. The number of food hubs has doubled over the last six years, and many are in urban areas, with the Northeast leading the way.

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