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Why More Farmers Are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:11:00 -0400

Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it's better for the environment and the animals. But there's another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable.



Love Canned Tuna? More Grocers Want To Make Sure It Was Caught Responsibly

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Whole Foods this month became the latest retailer to adopt a policy to ensure the canned tuna it sells is caught with methods that don't decimate fish stocks or trap other animals.



For Afghan Immigrants, Nowruz Celebrations Of Spring Are A Taste Of Home

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:01:00 -0400

Celebrating this ancient festival was banned under the Taliban. For refugees and immigrants in America, the holiday and the feasts that accompany it are an important cultural link to Afghanistan.



Could Meals On Wheels Really Lose Funding? Yes, But It's Hard To Say How Much

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:11:00 -0400

Meals on Wheels America has seen a surge in donations from worried supporters since President Trump's budget proposal was released. The role of federal funds differs in various local programs.



Amid Massive Tainted-Meat Scandal, Brazil Assures Safety Of Its Food Exports

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:10:00 -0400

The country's federal police say that health officials were bribed to ignore outdated and adulterated meat. The European Commission has suspended imports from companies implicated in the allegations.



Let Them Eat Bread: The Theft That Helped Inspire 'Les Miserables'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:52:00 -0400

Anyone who has read or seen Victor Hugo's masterpiece knows the plot turns on the theft of a simple loaf of bread. There was no sharper barometer of economic status in 19th-century France than bread.



For Brisket Aficionados, Austin's Franklin BBQ Is A Must in Texas

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:39:39 -0400

You can't go to Texas without trying the barbecue. Franklin BBQ is one of the most famous barbecue spots in Austin, where the typical wait in line can last five hours and seems to never die down.



What A Cold Week Means For Cranberries, Blueberries And Peaches

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:26 -0400

After a cold week on the East Coast, Peter Oudemans, a plant pathologist at Rutgers University, explains how our changing climate is changing agriculture and the back garden.



Move Over, St. Patrick: St. Joseph's Feast Is When Italians Parade

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The wearing of the red honors the patron saint of Sicily. But the real celebrating centers around extravagant altars filled with traditional food, religious symbols and tributes to loved ones.



The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400

Foxfire started as a class project at a Georgia high school in the '60s, but soon became a magazine, then a book, and even a way of teaching about the region's simple, self-sustaining way of life.



Want To Eat Green For St. Patrick's Day? Do It The Irish Way — With Seaweed

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Algae was long a part of Irish cuisine. Nutrient-rich, it helped some survive the Great Famine. Irish cooks reviving the practice say it's not just good for you – it's a zap of flavor from the sea.



How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:07:00 -0400

The Chelsea Milling Co. is known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes: for muffins, cakes, biscuits and more. Here's how the family-owned manufacturer has managed to thrive for generations.



How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:55:00 -0400

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.



The Oxford Comma: Great For Listing, Pontificating, And Winning Court Cases

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:24:00 -0400

An appeals court dispute between a Maine dairy company and its delivery drivers came down to a single punctuation mark — or rather, the lack of it. Count it a win for the controversial comma.



In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The lightly seasoned meat and veggie pie, prevalent in the Upper Peninsula, is pure fuel. Popularized by Cornish miners in the 1800s, it's come to symbolize tenacity in the face of trying conditions.