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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been heavily promoting its organic programs lately, particularly its increased support for organic farming in the new farm bill: "Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past...
There is an alarming amount of hunger in the United States, despite our collective wealth. This fact has been cited so often that it has lost some of its power. Income inequality is old news, but it’s important not to take this for granted....
As we've reported for quite a while here at NCPR, the Champlain Valley has become a hotspot in the North Country for young farmers trying to forge a new path for agriculture. The Adirondack Explorer traces the roots and future possibilities of that...
Happy National Agriculture Day! You can write an essay about agriculture (theme: "365 days and 7 billion mouths to feed"), plan a get-together, or scroll through hundreds of "felfies" – farmer selfies. But definitely look at these portraits....
This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...

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Apr 23, 2014 — On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
Apr 23, 2014 — French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.
Apr 23, 2014 — Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.
Apr 23, 2014 — The Australian state known for its marsupial "devil" has a local food scene that might be described as heavenly. If you can't try it person, get a taste with these Tasmania-inspired recipes.
Apr 22, 2014 — A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.
 

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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
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Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"
the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House to have final look at GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The House is slated to take a final vote on legislation that would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such in Vermont and then send it on to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Three House committees reviewed and endorsed a Senate-passed version of the bill, so passage is expected without having to take the measure to a conference committee.  Go to full article
Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein

"We struggle early, finish strong": Lessons learned on a Lisbon farm

With highs in the 40s all week, it looks like the weather has finally broken. It's springtime in the North Country. But it could still be weeks before the soil is warm enough to plant crops. Farmers are starting seeds now. They're planning. And they're worrying.

All this year, David Sommerstein is sending monthly stories from one organic vegetable farm, Kent Family Growers in St. Lawrence County. He'll follow the seasons, the crops, the labor, and the business of making a living being an "eat local" farmer. This time of year, all the action's in the greenhouse.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://capl.washjeff.edu/2/l/4348.jpg">Washington & Jefferson College</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Sense of smell

Humans aren't naturals at tracking smells like dogs, but they can, in fact, track by scent just like dogs. The main difference is humans get better with practice. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about people's sense of smell.  Go to full article

Lawmakers ask: Would Vermont be sued over GMO labels?

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont Senate committee is set to address the question of whether Vermont would be sued by biotech or food industries -- and if the state could win --...  Go to full article
The tap...

Listen: In Canton, tapping trees for syrup

The immediate forecast isn't ideal for making maple syrup, but it's coming: that combination of cold nights, warm days and sunshine. Chickadees get busy, and the sap rises....  Go to full article
Rebecca Weld of Potsdam is "The Cookie Architect." Last year she sent blank, puzzle-piece-style gingerbread cookies out to a few dozen of her favorite cookiers. Each returned a fully designed cookie, and Weld built them into a <a href="http://cookieconnection.juliausher.com/blog/gingerbread-house-of-cards">Gingergread House of Cards</a> - a meta-cookie, if you will. All photos: David Sommerstein, unless indicated

Potsdam "cookie architect" makes edible art

You might remember the rise of the gourmet cupcake from several years back. Now, a new designer baking trend it involves that humblest of desserts - the cookie. Bakers around...  Go to full article

Book review: "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf"

What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of...  Go to full article
Catherine Matthews, director of the Canton food pantry. Photo: Canton Church and Community Program

New program will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep shelves fuller

A new delivery method will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep their shelves full. The Food Bank of Central New York's new retail partnership program in St. Lawrence...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/9694638@N06/3543993199/">Jeff Lautenberger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Buffalo-style chicken wing turn the big 5-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Happy 50th birthday, Buffalo-style chicken wings.

The milestone is being celebrated Thursday at the Anchor Bar, the Buffalo tavern that's...  Go to full article
Root crops at the Glens Falls Farmers Market. Archive Photo of the Day: Stuart Delman, Chestertown NY.

NYS wants to make farmers' markets more accessible

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state wants to make farmers' markets more accessible to low-income consumers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will make $130,000 in...  Go to full article

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