Like your grandmother’s engagement ring or a dusty old photo album, heirloom seeds have been passed down through generations. And that has been made possible by organizations like the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.
As the USDA's meat inspection division gets set to implement new rules on the inspection of poultry plants, the division faces staffing issues and questions about the inspection program's relationship to the meat industry.
When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened up the sale of food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure their products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens, and that they’re not falling in to the hands of children or too potent to eat.
While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.
Insects can be a great source of protein, and in many parts of the world, people gobble them up. But here in the U.S., a certain “ick factor” has kept consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness and convert skeptical consumers, bug-food advocates are trying a specific marketing tactic: be clever and cute.
The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.
With local food hot on restaurant menus, many chefs are going beyond the grocery store and getting acquainted with where food is really produced - the farm. At one Chef Camp in Illinois, a dozen chefs got a first-hand look.
To the makers of the new activist documentary “Fed Up,” the blame for the nation's obesity epidemic lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what the film calls a drug are the food industry and the U.S. government.