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We've Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods

(Photo: Unsplash)<p><i>Editor’s note from AlterNet: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used</i> …

Agriculture

FACT CHECK: Monsanto Suppressing Evidence of Cancerous Herbicide in Food?

CLAIM<p>A new analysis of the residue on common American foods showed high levels of the herbicide glyphosate and Monsanto, the EPA, and the FDA are in …

This new gadget promises to transform food scraps into fertilizer in 24 hours

<b>The Zera Food Recycler, from Whirlpool Corporation's innovation incubator, WLabs, is a residential "composting" appliance for kitchen scraps.</b><p>For …

UN's new recipe contest encourages people to cook more sustainably

<b>Each month presents a new culinary challenge. Submit an entry and you could win a trip to Spain.</b><p>There are many ways to join the fight against climate …

Stop ‘Yelping’ So Restaurants Can Stop Wasting

<b>By Denise McGuigan</b><p>Think about the last time you went out to eat. Did you choose the restaurant based on your cravings, or based on how sustainable …

Sustainability

Super Realistic Dinosaur Costumes May Be Used in Real-Life JURASSIC PARK

Let’s all be honest with ourselves: even if there was a very high probability of getting eaten by a dinosaur, we’d all still want to visit a …

This App Lets You Buy Restaurants' Leftovers

Food For All is on a mission to reduce food waste in the U.S.<p>The new food ordering service app essentially lets people buy a restaurant’s leftovers …

Organic farming gets a bad rap. Why it shouldn't

Carbon in the atmosphere is dangerous but in the soil it is beneficial. The environmental benefits of organic farming are closely connected to soil …

As vertical farming grows, a new real estate opportunity takes root

The head of AeroFarms, an industry leader, talks tech and expansion<p>It’s a staple of rosy pictures of our urban future, often viewed as the farming equivalent of flying cars. But vertical farming, long considered a curiosity, is starting to take root now. And according to the executive of one …

How One Chef is Changing the Way Food Stamps Are Being Used

Today more than 45 million Americans rely on food stamps to eat, with 23 million of those people living in food deserts with little or no access to locally produced fruits and vegetables.<p>Michel Nischan, a world-renowned chef and three-time James Beard Foundation winner, is hoping to change that by …

Farm 360 in Indianapolis grows veggies with 100% renewable energy and 90% less water

In a nondescript warehouse on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, the growers at Farm 360 are growing vegetables through a hydroponic system that is …

Prince of Wales joins soil boosting project

<b>The Prince of Wales is joining an Anglo-French government initiative to improve the condition of global soils.</b><p>Ministers from both governments are meeting the prince to discuss how to improve soil health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farming.<p>Typically the focus of cutting greenhouse gases …

How Farmers in Mexico Are Turning an Aztec Grain Into Sustainable Modern Gold

<i>Welcome to Out of the Kitchen, our ongoing exploration of the relationships that build and sustain the food industry. This year, we’re traveling the country to look at how sustainability has become a rapidly growing movement within the food world. Chefs at the forefront of this trend are</i> …

Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

Shares 4K<p>These Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops are a delicious and easy to make fall treat that your whole family will love!<p><i>This post contains</i> …

The Best Ways to Peel and Dice Tomatoes

Peeling and dicing fresh tomatoes is a great technique to know for when you want those tomatoes to melt into a sauce or a soup (such as my minestrone soup), if you plan on canning them whole, or if you're making a very delicate tomato sauce where seeds would ruin the texture. It was one of the …

Tomatoes

How to Make the World’s Best Mashed Potatoes

All you need is four ingredients and a craving for comfort food<p>When I was much, much younger, I made instant (organic) mashed potatoes, thinking it was the most modern thing.<p>But then I realized making mashed potatoes from scratch was just as easy and so much more delicious.<p><b>Related:</b> Why You Should …

17 restaurants you must eat at before you die

Bayer-Monsanto merger: Concerns about a seed-and-pesticide food monopoly

The drug and crop company has made a $66 billion deal to take over Monsanto. The resulting company would control a quarter of the combined global …

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking retailer volunteers for a two year, nationwide pilot to enable …

USDA inches toward allowing online grocery purchases with food stamps

The Department issued a call to action Sept. 15 for up to five retailers in three states to test accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program …

USDA Commits $56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 (USDA news release) — At the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced …

Corn and soybean markets move higher after USDA stocks report

Wheat prices also firm after USDA trims production. (audio)

Monsanto hopes to get around restrictions on GMOs by using unregulated method to tweak genes

Monsanto, one of the world’s leading producers of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, recently announced that they were getting …

USDA to pay farmers more than $7 billion due to low crop prices

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay more than $7 billion of taxpayers’ money to farmers this fall to keep them afloat in the face of low crop prices, agency officials said on Tuesday.<p>The USDA released the total on the same day that payments started going out to more than …

Agriculture

The egg industry launched a secret two-year war against a vegan mayonnaise competitor

With its egg-free recipe, Just Mayo had become a darling of vegans, a hot investment for Silicon Valley venture capitalists and an avatar for alternatives to industrial agriculture.<p>But to the nation’s $7-billion egg industry, Just Mayo posed an existential crisis so serious that a federally …

FDA

USDA Wrongly Targets Wyoming's Food Freedom Act

Earlier this week, in one of several related announcements, the USDA proudly declared that its MyPlate, MyState program, which the agency bills as …

"Safety-Net" Crop Payments Increasing, USDA Says

USDA this week began sending out what will amount to nearly $8 billion in 2015 commodity support payments to American farmers. Producers, many facing …

This Bagged Salad Was Just Recalled for the Fourth Time This Year

Ugh, not again. Check your fridge!<p>Bagged salads can be great when you're in a pinch and don't have time to prepare all those veggies yourself. But …