The cold temperatures this winter have been killing off grape buds in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Matt Martin reports that Senator Charles Schumer visited the region to urge the federal government to prepare emergency funds for grape growers.
Sponsors of a New York bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, say they hope they have better luck this year advancing the legislation, after it died in committee late last session. The bill would require that all genetically engineered food sold in New York be clearly labeled.
UPDATE: 1/31/14 The U.S. House passed the Farm Bill this week, and sent it to the Senate. The almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise bill contains a small cut in food stamps and preserves most crop subsidies. Environmentalists got one major victory: the bill links conservation compliance with federal crop insurance. However, it also cuts $6 billion for conservation over the next decade.
Small farm advocates are getting a second chance to influence food safety regulations in the United States. In response to public comments, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced it would reconsider sweeping changes to food safety policy.
Dwayne Bauknight and Duane Miller have almost nothing in common—except for a row of gleaming new solar panels on their farms. For very different reasons, they're using gas money to invest in renewables.
According to a report issued in 2012, approximately 40 percent of food grown and processed in the United States goes uneaten. Now Walmart, one of the nation’s biggest grocers, is working with a Pennsylvania environmental nonprofit to send truckloads of its unsold produce to nearby farms for composting.
While many seed banks preserve the building blocks of commodity plants like corn, wheat, and soy, we recently visited a different kind of seed bank—one that holds onto the elements of native ginseng and black cohosh. Joanne McCoy, director of the North Carolina Arboretum's Germplasm Repository, walks us through her lab in Asheville, North Carolina.
Ginkgo trees are a popular choice for landscape designers because they can deal with tough city air, and their school-bus yellow fan-shaped leaves last deep into autumn. This time of year the female trees drop loads of their stinky nuts onto the streets. Ginkgo are also edible, so The Allegheny Front's Hal B. Klein grabbed his neighbor, chef Dustin Gardner, an experienced forager, to make use of some of the bounty from Pittsburgh's Ellsworth Street.
Food is on many a mind as the holidays get underway. Of course, there will be potatoes and green beans for the big meals. But what about something different? Not long ago, Julie Grant picked up something new at the farmers market—a space-age looking veggie, a kohlrabi, and set out to find some recipes.