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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 24, 2014 — With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.
Apr 24, 2014 — The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require GMO labeling. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont's.
Apr 24, 2014 — Technology enhanced food production has come a long way, but nearly an eighth of the population still suffers from chronic hunger. The United Nations' Kanayo Nwanze discusses what might help.
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.
 

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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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Food Pantries Prepare for Upcoming Holidays

Food pantries and soup kitchens in New York are seeing more clients as the holidays approach and the days grow colder. At the same time, donations to many charities are down since September 11th. Karen Dewitt visited a soup kitchen recently, as they readied for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Go to full article

Sen. Clinton Calls for Stronger Food Safety Provisions

Americans should expect the government to do more to protect the nation's food supply. That's what Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton told a gathering Monday at Cornell University. Clinton is calling for increasing the number of food inspectors and creating a single federal agency responsible for food safety--tasks that are currently shared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture. She talked about food safety during a town hall meeting in Potsdam last month.  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam Hunger Banquet: A Practical Demonstration

Students, faculty and staff at SUNY Potsdam get a taste of world poverty and hunger at an unusual banquet.  Go to full article

EPA Curtails Pesticide Use on Food Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency is increasing restrictions on two pesticides that are used on food children frequently eat. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester...  Go to full article

Canada Will not Require Labeling for Genetically-Modified Foods

The Canadian Parliament has voted down a bill that would have required labeling for genetically modified foods. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Fat & Nutrition

Reducing dietary fat may not have predictable effects on health. A recent study suggests that cholesterol-reducing drugs are more effective at preventing heart disease than...  Go to full article

Ending the Summer With Ice Cream

Brian Mann drops by Donnelly's ice cream stand between Saranac Lake and Paul Smith's to gather some thoughts on the end of summer.  Go to full article

People: Chris Affrey, Baker, at the New Potsdam Co-op Bakery

A toast to bread--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 first baker,...  Go to full article

Community Action Planning Council Spotlights Food Programs in Jefferson County

The Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County is hoping to create a greater local awareness of programs like food stamps and summer food service programs. Jody...  Go to full article

Great Lakes Food Chain Disrupted

A major link in the food web is disappearing from the Great Lakes. Researchers are concerned that its absence will damage fish populations. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

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