A New Age of Food Production

Though food packaging waste is an issue in and of itself, the waste of the food inside is another problem entirely. Fed up with the misuse of land, energy, water, logistics, and packaging that goes into wasted food, some farmers are coming up with creative solutions to feed the world’s people instead of its landfills. [...]

 

Though food packaging waste is an issue in and of itself, the waste of the food inside is another problem entirely. Fed up with the misuse of land, energy, water, logistics, and packaging that goes into wasted food, some farmers are coming up with creative solutions to feed the world’s people instead of its landfills. Food waste is a massive problem in the United States and around the world. 40% of all food grown in the U.S. is wasted. Overall,...
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The Dirt on Conventional vs. Organic Farming

Americans continue to embrace and encourage organic farming. It’s important to understand exactly what organic farming means, what the benefits are, and if there are reasonable counterpoints from supporters of conventional techniques. According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Industry Survey, popularity of organic food is continuing its upward trend. In the United States, [...]

Americans continue to embrace and encourage organic farming. It’s important to understand exactly what organic farming means, what the benefits are, and if there are reasonable counterpoints from supporters of conventional techniques. According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Industry Survey, popularity of organic food is continuing its upward trend. In the United States, total sales hit $47 billion in 2016, representing a $3.3 billion increase equaling 8% growth from the previous year. These figures far outpace the food...
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Interview: The Mount Bakery and the Importance of Su...

Farm-to-table is an increasingly important facet in local food economy that businesses are learning they can’t ignore. While some might consider it a strange movement that has no basis in cost-effectiveness, the Mount Bakery of Bellingham, Washington is a case that proves sourcing food locally not only builds their bottom line, but their bond with [...]

Farm-to-table is an increasingly important facet in local food economy that businesses are learning they can’t ignore. While some might consider it a strange movement that has no basis in cost-effectiveness, the Mount Bakery of Bellingham, Washington is a case that proves sourcing food locally not only builds their bottom line, but their bond with other people and businesses within their community. We have talked about the significant role farm-to-table has on local food economy. From providing people fresh meats,...
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A Sticky Situation: The Buzz About Organic Honey

Back in 2011, online publication Food Safety News released an article regarding a test they performed on over 60 different brands of honey. The test revealed that around 76 percent of the honey on store shelves has almost all of the pollen removed -- from which, they concluded that the majority of the honey being [...]

 

Back in 2011, online publication Food Safety News released an article regarding a test they performed on over 60 different brands of honey. The test revealed that around 76 percent of the honey on store shelves has almost all of the pollen removed — from which, they concluded that the majority of the honey being bought nationwide is not “real honey.” It stated that honey was being “ultra-filtered” so that it couldn’t be traced to its point of origin, which...
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Is Cultured Meat the Future of Agriculture?

As we try to provide food for an increasing world population, the question of how to feed more people with less space and resources is still a massive hurdle to overcome. Now, scientists and food companies are nearing the development of affordable meats created via stem cells. While the price remains relatively high, we could [...]

As we try to provide food for an increasing world population, the question of how to feed more people with less space and resources is still a massive hurdle to overcome. Now, scientists and food companies are nearing the development of affordable meats created via stem cells. While the price remains relatively high, we could see synthetic meat on grocery store shelves as soon as 2021. In a field in middle America, a herd of cattle mills about, restless and...
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Eating Green: Can You Trust the Terms?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you know that sustainable, organic agriculture and local food are growing trends worldwide. In your local grocery store, there are likely entire sections filled with produce plastered with “local” and “organic” stickers that proclaim their benefits to body, environment, and community. It’s more expensive, [...]

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you know that sustainable, organic agriculture and local food are growing trends worldwide. In your local grocery store, there are likely entire sections filled with produce plastered with “local” and “organic” stickers that proclaim their benefits to body, environment, and community. It’s more expensive, but it’s natural to assume that buying from this selection has benefits that outweigh the extra cost. Today’s consumers love the idea of food that...
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How Farm from a Box Could Feed the World

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables from a farm just outside of town is more than just an industry gimmick using "organic" and "locally sourced" as buzzwords. In fact, that we've grown to prefer conventional mass-production harvesting over natural, small farm agriculture practices is more than a little backwards. With the rising cost of food [...]

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables from a farm just outside of town is more than just an industry gimmick using “organic” and “locally sourced” as buzzwords. In fact, that we’ve grown to prefer conventional mass-production harvesting over natural, small farm agriculture practices is more than a little backwards. With the rising cost of food logistics and a global food shortage affecting hundreds of millions of people, we need to reconsider how we grow our food. Some would say to think...
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AgriCULTURE: How Farm-to-Table Builds Strong Communi...

It's easy to dismiss the whole "Eat Fresh, Local, and Organic" craze as nothing more than a passing trend. Only hippies and health nuts are willing to pay extra just for a fancy green sticker on their food, right? With all this technology and mass, conventional farming techniques, why do the steps in between matter? If it tastes [...]

It’s easy to dismiss the whole “Eat Fresh, Local, and Organic” craze as nothing more than a passing trend. Only hippies and health nuts are willing to pay extra just for a fancy green sticker on their food, right? With all this technology and mass, conventional farming techniques, why do the steps in between matter? If it tastes good, why bother caring how it got that way? Well, agriculture is a little more complicated than just making edible food. You might have already heard of the...
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Farm to Table: 4 Interesting Food Logistics Facts Yo...

With the recent General Mills flour contamination scare, now’s as good a time as ever to learn about food safety. While our ancestors might have foraged, planted and reaped, hunted, or fished for survival, most of us have the convenience of picking up everything we need right from the store. You don’t need to be [...]

With the recent General Mills flour contamination scare, now’s as good a time as ever to learn about food safety. While our ancestors might have foraged, planted and reaped, hunted, or fished for survival, most of us have the convenience of picking up everything we need right from the store. You don’t need to be a master farmer or butcher, however, to know that boxes of pancake mix and jars of salsa don’t just grow on trees. Granted, you know...
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