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Russia Feeling Effects of Food Import Ban

September 2, 2014

The Russian government's ban on food imports from the West is already hurting Russia's economy.

According to a report in Deutsche Welle, "As a result of the embargo, the cost of food in some of Russia's regions has been rising at a record pace. Wholesale prices for chicken legs on Sakhalin Island …

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North Korea May Lose Food Assistance

September 1, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal, "The United Nations' food assistance agency says it may have to stop operating in North Korea because of a lack of funding, as donors continue to shy away from the rogue state.

The World Food Programme has distributed aid in North Korea since a famine in the mi…

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American Quinoa Puts Down Roots in Asia

August 30, 2014

According to a report on  NPR, "...would you believe that quinoa is now growing in a remote, mountainous part of Central Asia that British explorers called the "Roof of the World?

Indeed, it has landed in Tajikistan and Kyrgystan, thanks to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, which has …

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A Wine Cellar Destroyed in 1600 BC, Now Unearthed

August 29, 2014

An earthquake struck a palace at Tel Kabri in Israel, about 1600 BC, destroying a well-stocked wine cellar, according to a story on Smithsonian.com.

"The remains of 40 large jugs found at the site show traces of wine infused with herbs and resins, an international team reports today in the journal …

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Eater, Heal Thy Gut!

August 27, 2014

Apparently the good and clever people at Chelsea Green Publishing have published a book called The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, aimed at a hugely wild range of suffering people .

"Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive…

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Coffee Entering "Third Wave?" Huh?

August 26, 2014

We know no one is waxing poetic about Folger's anymore, but are true coffee freaks going all evangelical about sustainability?

Uh huh.

"In the third wave, however, we buy coffee based on its origins, its process, its methods – and its evangelists are out to get specific about what separates it fro…

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Early Florida Indian Fare on the Menu in Tampa

August 25, 2014

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ulele Restaurant, a project long in the works and developed by Columbia Restaurant's Richard Gonzmart, is opening tomorrow  in Tampa, Florida.

"The entire menu of the restaurant opening Tuesday in Tampa Heights pays tribute to early-Florida Indian fare and the pio…

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Major Fish Farm Coming off Hawaii

August 23, 2014

According to The Verge, there’s going to be a highly automated fish farm, 1,300 feet deep, a few miles off the coast of Hawaii. It’s called Oceansphere. Within Oceansphere, there will be an automatic feeding system, thrusters to keep the sphere stationary, plus 1,000 tons of Ahi and Bluefin tuna,…

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Eateries and Drinkeries: Everyone's Fave Food Heritage Sites

August 22, 2014

The latest food heritage entry from The Food Museum on Mother Earth News explores some of the oldies but goodies...

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McD's Under Pressure from Russian Government

August 21, 2014

Politics or not?  BBC News reports the Russian authorities are  temporarily closing four McD sites in Moscow, claiming they are unsanitary.

"Quentin Peel, former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, told the BBC that the checks and closures were "propaganda".

"It's an extraordinary decis…

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Less Water, Fewer Crops in CA

August 20, 2014

According to a piece in the Washington Post, "... across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup source during the re…

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Mining for Wine

August 19, 2014

Forget fancy wine cellars: the best place to store wine is in a tunnel. In Moldova—Europe’s poorest nation that has consistently been one of the world’s top 10 wine exporters, according to the BBC, there is “one of the world’s greatest wine stores in a warren of old mining tunnels deep inside the …

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A Florida Shell Mound, Human Bar-B-Q and more....

August 18, 2014

"A Well Preserved Florida Shell Mound in St. Petersburg" is The Food Museum's latest food heritage entry at Mother Earth News.

Check it out here.

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Perennial Plant Varieties May Save Soil, Boost Nutrition

August 16, 2014

The United States is losing 1.7 billion tons of topsoil each year as a result of today's damaging agricultural practices, so The Land Institute, based in Salina, Kansas, is rooting for the development  of perennial plant varieties from grains, legumes and vegetables.

Such plants are deeply rooted,…

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"Middle Class" and Hungry in the US?

August 15, 2014

Today, one in six Americans don’t have enough to eat. But before you picture a gangly child with little to wear, think again. Many of the faces of hunger in the US are “white, married, clothed, and housed, even a bit overweight.” These are low-income people who live in the suburbs, maintaining a mid…

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Eat Fish Today, Retain Brain Health Later?

August 14, 2014

According to Reuters, a study of 260 people revealed that eating fish made for a healthier brain.

"Brain scans showed that people over age 65 who regularly ate fish had 14 percent more gray matter in brain regions associated with memory and 4 percent more in areas devoted to cognition than people w…

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Awaiting Approval on Another Herbicide to Go Hand in Hand with GMO Seeds

August 13, 2014

According to a story by AP, corn and soybean growers are in need of a "better herbicide," as weeds grow peskier. Dow Chemical thinks it has the answer.

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Sometimes, It's Good to Remember the Basics

August 11, 2014

Water, and food. The basics. Being dropped to the Yazidis in Iraq, caught with nothing, under attack by vicious militants. 

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Sweet Company Town in PA

August 8, 2014

Imagine living in a town where everyone is your coworker: that’s what the folks at some of America’s top companies experienced between 1880 and 1930s when the  “company town” was all the rage.

Take Hershey’s Chocolates as an example. According to a recent piece in Preservation Magazine, M…

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No Polish Veg, Fruit, спасибо!

August 8, 2014

Surprise! Russia has made another enemy. After banning Ukrainian soy products and cornmeal, the government’s latest move is against fruits and vegetables from Poland. “‘The cost to Poland of the import ban is likely to be 0.6% of GDP (national output) by the end of the year,’” said Polish Deputy Pri…

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