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Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
Fellow gardeners who grow their own garlic may be confronting an annual conundrum right around now. The harvest is here, with lovely bulbs to dry and eat. But some has to be saved to plant in the fall for next year’s crop. Eat or plant? Doing...
Last week I blogged about Ottawa’s newest pro team, the Redblacks. As best I can tell, that name has nothing to do with the type of controversy associated with teams like the Washington Redskins. (Although one reader pointed out on a Facebook...

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Aug 31, 2014 — Oklahoma Joe's, in Kansas City, is changing its name after 17 years in business. It's time to claim the name of the city they are famous for.
Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
Aug 30, 2014 — Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?
Aug 29, 2014 — There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.
Aug 29, 2014 — The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.
 

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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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Audio Slideshow:
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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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 Brousseau, Chef and owner of Richard's Freestyle on Lake Placid's Main Street.  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 contest and Silent Auction of baked goods, will benefit the Potsdam Neighborhood Center.  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

Natural Selections: Fruits and Vegetables

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about how we classify foods. Hear Curt assert the nonexistence of vegetables.  Go to full article

Commentary: When in Peru...

Good travelers respect local customs and sample local foods. But as commentator Elle Garrell Berger discovered, sometimes traveling gives us a chance to test our values...  Go to full article

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