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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.

Food Programs at NCPR

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Eating Heart Smart Over the Holidays

Why you should be careful about holiday over-indulgence. Martha Foley talks with cardiologist Dr. Alexander Stoian, who explains why little binges hurt.  Go to full article

At Fort Drum, A War On Poverty

Soldiers at Fort Drum, near Watertown, are preparing for possible war in Iraq. But the Army is also struggling with a more domestic issue. By the Pentagon's own estimate, thousands of military families across the country live in poverty. Despite recent salary increases, some enlisted men and women say they can't afford food and other basic needs. Brian Mann visited Fort Drum and sends this report.  Go to full article

Doctors Warn About Too Much Junk Food, Too Little Exercise

It's not news anymore that Americans are overweight. But the numbers in the North Country are far worse that the national average. The St. Lawrence County Medical Society is speaking out, warning about too much junk food and too little exercise. Martha Foley talks with an area cardiologist, and a longtime pediatrician, about obesity and it's consequences, especially among children.  Go to full article

Grass Fed vs Grain Fed Meat

Grass fed meat is a hot topic in culinary circles. A symposium this weekend will bring farmers and chefs together at Paul Smith's College. Martha Foley talks with Richard...  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam Food Co-op Holiday Baking Contest

'Tis the season for baking, and the Potsdam Food Co-op is sponsoring its annual Holiday Baking Contest this Sunday. Co-op General Manager Scott Miller tells Todd Moe, the...  Go to full article

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving?

Turkey will be the main feature on countless dinner tables today. Commentator Paul Willcott describes how in the run-up to this day, he was tempted to become a vegetarian.  Go to full article

Budget Crisis Could Hamper Food Shelf Efforts

Religious and civic groups that run food pantries say more people are seeking help to feed themselves and their families than ever before. They are worried that the state's...  Go to full article

Holiday Gift-giving Programs Feel the Loss of Ames Stores

The holiday season is bringing home another dimension of the gap caused by the loss of Ames Department stores in many North Country communities. Non-profit groups used the...  Go to full article
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.

Anti-Hunger Efforts: Rethinking the Soup Kitchen

David Sommerstein talks with Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. She says the growth of soup kitchens and food...  Go to full article

Going Hungry for the Hungry

The staff of a college radio station in Plattsburgh went on a hunger strike of sorts Saturday, collecting nearly a thousand cans of food for charity. Martha Foley talks with...  Go to full article

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