butternut squash

Wisconsin Nonprofit Re-Imagines Traditional CSAs

From Foodtank, Fall 2018. Box after box of pre-cut, frozen produce line the shelves of Central Rivers Farmshed’s enormous freezer beside Executive Director, Layne Cozzolino’s office. Nearby, paid kitchen manager and previous restaurant owner, Jan Walter, peels and cuts butternut squash into large chunks. She then sends them through a hand-operated machine that creates smaller cubes—perfect […]

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Behind the scenes at one of the Midwest’s biggest organic cranberry farms

From Citypages, December 6, 2018. Though I grew up near New Jersey’s cranberry bogs, I didn’t witness the harvest until I moved to the Midwest. It’s breathtaking: Crimson ponds pulse under the bluest autumn skies, and sandhill cranes arch their graceful necks on shore. (The name “cranberry” was inspired by those birds; they were once […]

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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe

From Environmental Health News, November 27, 2018.  Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be […]

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We don’t have enough organic farms. Why not?

From National Geographic, November 20, 2018. It’s been weeks since he harvested his farm’s grains, and though Casey Bailey’s fields are mostly bare, something is brewing below. He kneels on the ground, covered by a thin layer of straw as far as the eye can see, and prods gingerly into the soil. Barely scratching the […]

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Organic produce consumption continues steady rise

From The Packer, November 7, 2018. With consumption of organic products having set a new standard across the U.S. in 2017, organic produce suppliers say they’re poised for further growth. “Organic consumption continues to grow with larger players entering organic,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, CEO of San Diego-based grower-shipper Organics Unlimited Inc. Read the […]

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You can cut your cancer risk by eating organic, a new study says

From CNN, October 22, 2018. You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. Those who frequently eat organic foods lowered their overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine finds. Specifically, those who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma […]

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In two months, Ikea sold 1 million of its new veggie hot dogs

From FastCompany, October 11, 2018. At the food counter past the checkout lanes at Ikea stores, where the company sells giant frozen yogurt cones for a dollar and other snacks to keep guests satiated and ready to buy more sofas, it’s now possible to buy a hot dog for just 75 cents. And the hot […]

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Active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup hurts honey bee guts

From Environmental Health News, Septembers 25, 2018. Honey bees exposed to levels of glyphosate commonly found in the environment had decreased amounts of microbiota in their gut—which leaves them prone to early death, according to a study released today. Honey bees’ health is directly tied to the helpful organisms in their gut. These “microbiota” help […]

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Crucial antibiotics still used on US farms despite public health fears

From The Guardian, September 19, 2018. Antibiotics crucial to human medicine are still being used in “unacceptable” quantities on US livestock farms, despite rules brought in last year to curb their use and combat the spread of deadly superbugs. Tests on thousands of meat samples by the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) show […]

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Can an Investment Firm Help Increase U.S. Organic Farmland?

From Civil Eats, September 18, 2018. Ask a farmer what it’s like to start a business—let alone stay afloat—and you’ll receive a rapid-fire list of challenges, small and large, as long as your arm. Weather anomalies, pests, price fluctuations, securing loans, identifying a market and supply chain, finding labor and equipment, and developing an understanding […]

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brussel sprouts

Organic Wisconsin dairy turned to packaged Brussels sprouts

From Fresh Plaza, September 14, 2018. A long-time Wisconsin dairy farm is going all in on a new certified organic fresh packaged vegetable product; the first in a long time for Organic Valley, the co-op it belongs to. The four-generation Langmeier Dairy in Prairie du Chien is building a new washing and packing facility to […]

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Diet and Exercise May Stem Weight Gain of Pregnancy, but Should Begin Early

From the New York Times, September 6, 2018. Overweight women limited their weight gain with a diet and exercise program during pregnancy, but it did not lower their rate of complications like gestational diabetes. For years, maternal health experts have worried about a troubling statistic: More than half of all pregnant women in America are […]

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Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

From the New York Times, August 21, 2018.Honeybees are under siege, straining the business of farming. Now growers are turning to other bee species to help their crops. OMAK, Wash. — Jim Freese grows apples, pears and cherries on 45 acres in the north-central part of this state, on sagebrush-studded land his grandfather bought in […]

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