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Ever wondered why those giant tomatoes at the grocery store taste like cardboard?

In the summer of 2000, I had an encounter with pasta that changed my perception of food.<p>I was 16 and visiting family in a rural backwater in northeastern Italy. At a modest hotel restaurant, I ordered a plate of spaghetti with cherry tomatoes. The dish was revelatory. Despite the simple ingredients …

Agriculture

Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman

In the interior secretary’s hometown, a development brings together the head of the nation’s largest oil-services company and a foundation created by the man who regulates it.<p>WHITEFISH, Mont. — A foundation established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and headed by his wife is playing a key role in …

Oil Exploration

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

The myriad Trump scandals can obscure the fact that they’re all elements of one massive tale of corruption.<p>The sheer volume of Trump scandals can seem difficult to keep track of.<p>There’s the ongoing special-counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign aided a Russian campaign to aid Trump’s …

Donald Trump

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business.<p>He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia …

Donald Trump

How You Can Raise Robot-Proof Children

There will still be jobs in the future. Just make sure your child is ready for them.<p>Parents worry about a lot of things—like whether their children will get into college, or become drug addicts, or get abducted by strangers. But I spend a lot more time worrying that my children are going to live …

Study Skills

Trump helps sanctioned Chinese phone maker after China delivers a big loan to a Trump project

Trump stands to gain from an Indonesian project that got a $500 million loan right before he flip-flopped on ZTE.<p>Is the president of the United States revising American trade policy — and possibly jeopardizing national security — because his family received a large cash bribe from the Chinese …

Despite Progress, the 'Charade' of High Stakes-Testing Persists - NEA Today

<i>The proliferation of high-stakes testing is most often associated with No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the national education law that was in place for</i> …

Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results, OECD Says

Overexposure to computers and the Internet causes educational outcomes to drop, study finds<p>By<p>Ben Kesling<p>Ben Kesling<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@bkesling<p>Google+<p>ben.kesling@wsj.com<p>Beefing up technology in the classroom doesn’t always lead to better education for children, according to a new study …

Education

Farm Runoff in U.S. Waters Has Hit Crisis Levels. Are Farmers Ready to Change?

For the last two decades, Bill Kellogg hasn’t told many people about the approach he uses to growing 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Hardin …

Pruitt fast-tracked California cleanup after Hugh Hewitt brokered meeting

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt placed a polluted California area on his personal priority list of Superfund sites targeted for “immediate and intense” action after conservative radio and television host Hugh Hewitt brokered a meeting between him and lawyers for the water district that was seeking …

Orange County

Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings

A Reuters review found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida.

Trump's Family Trips Cost Taxpayers Nearly As Much In A Month As Obama's Cost In A Whole Year

Donald Trump’s regular jaunts to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida appear to be costing taxpayers a small fortune. The president’s three trips have probably cost the federal Treasury about $10 million, the Washington Post estimates, based on an October 2016 Government Accountability Office analysis of …

Creating an Ecosystem of Faiths for the Future of the Earth

originally published by the Biodynamic Association here<p><i>Photo by Amirah AbuLughod</i><p>I recently attended Faithlands, a remarkable gathering of faith …

Eating out could be exposing diners to a higher levels of phthalates

New US research has found those who regularly eat out at restaurants, cafeterias or fast-food outlets could be exposed to a higher level of …

Tim Kaine: People Like Condi Rice and Albert Einstein Show Why We Need the Arts

American art is transformative. People can’t help but feel uplifted during a chorus of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Visitors to the …

US industry chiefs are pushing for line speeds to be increased so that more animals can be slaughtered per hour. But campaigners say this could exacerbate food safety problems<p>Speeding up production lines at US pig processing plants could lead to unsafe meat getting into the human food chain, warn …

Agriculture

Previously unseen government records detail ‘deeply worrying’ incidents in pork and poultry plants, raising fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering the UK under a post-Brexit trade deal<p>Shocking hygiene failings have been discovered in some of the US’s biggest meat plants, as a new analysis reveals that as …

Agriculture

Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully? Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford

The verdict is in: Food deserts don't drive nutritional disparities in the United States the way we thought. Over the past decade, study after study has shown that differences in access to healthy food can't fully explain why wealthy Americans consume a healthier diet than poor Americans.<p>If food …

These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

In Arkansas, there is a kind of David vs. Goliath battle underway over a weedkiller.<p>On one side, there is the giant Monsanto Company. On the other, a committee of 18 people, mostly farmers and small-business owners, that regulates the use of pesticides in the state. It has banned Monsanto's latest …

Agriculture

Our crazy farm subsidies, explained

Nearly every industrialized nation on Earth subsidizes agriculture to some extent. It’s a way to make sure production stays high, and prices stay …

Agriculture

Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get

The Trump administration is proposing a major shake-up in one of the country's most important "safety net" programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy …

Trump Administration

In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters

A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation …

Yale

29 states just banned laws about seeds

amenic 181/Getty<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> Food and Environment …

India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds

Chickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could have repercussions throughout the world.<p>Hundreds of tonnes of an “antibiotic of last resort” – only used in the most extreme cases of sickness - are shipped to India …

Chickens

Huge levels of antibiotic use in US farming revealed

Livestock raised for food in the US are dosed with five times as much antibiotic medicine as farm animals in the UK, new data has shown, raising questions about rules on meat imports under post-Brexit trade deals.<p>The difference in rates of dosage rises to at least nine times as much in the case of …

Agriculture

It’s easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why.

It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even coffins.<p>According to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American man now stands at …

Nutrition

Why I Left Silicon Valley, EdTech, and “Personalized” Learning

I started this blog five years ago now. I can’t believe it’s been that long. It’s taken me from Chicago to San Francisco and back. But somewhere over …

Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America

2,000 years ago, people domesticated these plants. Now they’re wild weeds. What happened?<p>Adventurers and archaeologists have spent centuries …

Organic Valley Tells Its Quirky Origin Story and Tackles the Food Industry’s Greenwashing

If a food company says its products are all-natural and eco-friendly, shouldn’t it have to back up its marketing promises and really walk the walk?<p>In …

Gove will tell farmers that the current subsidy regime, which rewards land ownership, will be replaced by a scheme focused on supporting the environment<p>Farmers will get subsidies for turning fields back into wildflower meadows after Brexit, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.<p>More than …

Michael Gove