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MANCHESTER, Conn. — WHEN KEITH WEARNE goes grocery shopping, checking out with a cashier is worth the few extra moments, rather than risking that a self-serve machine might go awry and delay him even more. Most shoppers side with Wearne, studies show. And with that in mind, some U.S. grocery store chains are bagging the [...]

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Del Monte says officials weren’t thorough in their investigation of an outbreak blamed on its imported melons. It wants an alert lifted. Del Monte Fresh Produce has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, claiming it and public health officials weren’t thorough in their investigation of a salmonella outbreak blamed on the Florida [...]

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The soybean industry is seeking government approval of a genetically modified soybean it says will produce oil lower in saturated fat, offer consumers a healthier alternative to foods containing trans fats and increase demand for growers’ crops. Demand for soybean oil has dropped sharply since 2005, when the U.S. Food and [...]

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Rice may rally 22 percent by yearend as Thailand, the world’s largest exporter, buys the grain from farmers at above-market rates, pushing up costs for importers and fanning global inflation even as economic growth slows. The price of 100 percent grade-B Thai rice, the regional benchmark, may rally to $750 per metric ton by Dec. [...]

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(NaturalNews) A couple of researchers from the University of Alberta (U-A) in Canada say they have come up with a novel new way to eventually end the practice of having to apply environmentally-harmful fertilizer chemicals to commercial crops. Unfortunately, though, the plan has nothing to do with eliminating genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), or phasing out industrial [...]

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The United States has survived its debt-ceiling showdown, but it just found an extra $17 million for famine relief in East Africa. This new commitment, announced earlier this month by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, boosts the amount of aid for Ethiopia, Somalia, and my country of Kenya to more than $580 million this year. [...]

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LAKE ALFRED | Quietly amid the more widely covered Washington news over health care, the budget and the economy, President Barack Obama in January signed a historic new law that will affect how food is produced, shipped and consumed across the world. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 was the first major reform of [...]

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Mexicans eat deep-fried grasshoppers. Japanese love wasp cookies. Leafcutter ants are considered a delicacy in Colombia, as are some caterpillars in South Africa. And in Thailand people cook everything from water beetles to bamboo worms. Even though eating insects has often been dismissed as a cultural eccentricity, it might soon become one of the answers [...]

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ZANESVILLE — After months of financial haggling in Congress and the loss of the United States’ AAA credit rating, many Americans are settling in for what could be a shaky financial future. But U.S. farmers are prepping their fields for a profitable year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts a 19.8 percent jump in net [...]

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THE Lawless patch at Burramine outside Yarrawonga has been in the family for five generations. It lies among vast tracts of some of the best and most productive farmland in Australia, and since 1880 has fed and nourished 30 children born on the property. Back then it was back-breaking manual labour from dawn to dusk. [...]

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For farmers to link with markets, they need to learn not only to produce, but to “produce for the market” and a key starting point is for them to learn to view their farm as a business enterprise that needs to be managed for profit. This is just as true for Australian farmers as it [...]

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There can be few more passionate individuals than an Australian orchardist on the topic of fireblight, the destructive organism that can destroy a productive block of apple or pear trees almost overnight. New Zealand has fireblight, and has been managing it for years. While a serious pest, it is largely a non-issue. In Australia, where [...]

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One of the big talking points that pro-immigration groups make is that our food prices would be much higher if the US did not tolerate the flow of illegal immigrants into the country to work in agriculture. They argue that no American would do the work the illegal immigrants do for the wages they make. [...]

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NAPLES, FL – Immokalee farm workers are picketing Publix, trying to persuade the company to pay one penny more per pound of tomatoes harvested. “We work in very, very hot conditions with a lot of heat under the sun, also we’re exposed to pesticides,” 27-year-old farm worker Oscar Otzoy said. For thirty years, thousands of [...]

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Something is wrong. We need birds, bees and other insects to pollinate our crops. But honeybees are vanishing in droves. Why? It appears that a combination of issues, rather than a single threat, is confronting the bees. It appears that the increasing commercialization of farming — where farmers raise just a single crop, use pesticides [...]

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HAINES CITY — Florida orange growers will see a steady-as-you-go market in 2011-12, according to two widely watched early crop forecasts. After a profitable 2010-11 season, the state’s citrus growers would consider that as good news. Elizabeth Steger, an Orlando citrus consultant, has forecast Florida growers will produce 142 million boxes of oranges, or 2 [...]

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