Jessica Naudziunas http://kbia.org en TVs Pose A Danger To Kids, But Not The Way You Might Think http://kbia.org/post/tvs-pose-danger-kids-not-way-you-might-think Television poses a threat to children, and we're not talking the programs. We're talking a large household appliance that can hurt kids.<p>About every 30 minutes a child ends up in the emergency room with injuries caused by a television, a study finds, most often because the TV falls on a young child.<p>"We live in a world that is designed by adults, for the convenience of adults," says <a href="http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/gary-a-smith">Dr. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:16:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 37496 at http://kbia.org TVs Pose A Danger To Kids, But Not The Way You Might Think A Surge In Painkiller Overdoses Among Women http://kbia.org/post/surge-painkiller-overdoses-among-women Women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while men still suffer more overdoses, women are catching up fast.<p>From 1999 to 2010, the CDC found a fivefold increase in the number and rate of such cases among middle-aged women. Over the same period, the rate of overdoses from prescription painkillers increased 3.5 times in men.<p>"In 2010, more than 6,600 women died from prescription painkillers — four times as many as died from cocaine and heroin combined," CDC Director Dr. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 36452 at http://kbia.org A Surge In Painkiller Overdoses Among Women The sustainable hand http://kbia.org/post/sustainable-hand <p>The farmer of future will grow food and raise animals with tomorrow in mind. They&rsquo;ll know contributing to the food supply is not enough. If the soil, air and water they use to produce food is damaged, good luck feeding anyone.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 15517 at http://kbia.org The sustainable hand Soccer Star With Soap Opera Roots Aims At Olympics http://kbia.org/post/soccer-star-soap-opera-roots-aims-olympics Indiana University soccer star Orianica Velasquez is on a mission — to get to the London Olympics with Colombia's women's soccer team. And she wants to send a message about the country where she was born.<p>"My dream is to get a medal for Colombia," she says, adding that she wants to show the world "it's just not violence, it's just not drugs — we can play soccer and we can do great things because we have great people there."<p>The coach of the Colombian women's team, Ricardo Rozo, says he didn't discover Velasquez's raw athletic talent on the field — he discovered it on TV. Mon, 07 May 2012 23:11:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 13723 at http://kbia.org Soccer Star With Soap Opera Roots Aims At Olympics Missouri ponders protections for animal ag http://kbia.org/post/missouri-ponders-protections-animal-ag <p>There's a Missouri bill moving through the statehouse that essentially would lock in the legality of current animal production methods in the state.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:57:37 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 12314 at http://kbia.org Missouri ponders protections for animal ag Milk Not Jails Makes Partners Out Of Farmers And Ex-Cons http://kbia.org/post/milk-not-jails-makes-partners-out-farmers-and-ex-cons What's plentiful in upstate New York? Cows and prison inmates, to name a few things.<p>Reformists in the two communities don't make natural allies, but organizer Lauren Melodia is trying to do just that.<p>"I was living in this prison town, and at the same time, the dairy industry was in a lot of turmoil," Melodia tells The Salt. "We thought this [dairy] might be the perfect ally in trying to build a different economy in upstate New York, and shift some of the economic dependency away from the prison system."<p>So Melodia formed the non-profit Milk Not Jails. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 22:21:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 11841 at http://kbia.org Milk Not Jails Makes Partners Out Of Farmers And Ex-Cons For many ranchers, profits dry up http://kbia.org/post/many-ranchers-profits-dry <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; ">With&nbsp;</span><u style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; "><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1042/beef-prices-climb-profits-squeezed" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">ground beef selling for record prices</a></u><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; ">, you might think cattle ranchers are raking in the profits.</span></p><p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:55:20 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 11244 at http://kbia.org For many ranchers, profits dry up Fake meat from Missouri http://kbia.org/post/fake-meat-missouri <p>While only 2 or 3 percent of people in the U.S. are vegetarians, more than 40 percent of Americans age 18-29 choose to eat meatless once a week.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:49:47 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 11113 at http://kbia.org Fake meat from Missouri A Texas-sized profit-squeezing beef crisis http://kbia.org/post/texas-sized-profit-squeezing-beef-crisis <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">Maybe you&rsquo;ve noticed that the price of beef is going up, rather dramatically. No matter what supermarket aisle you&rsquo;re in, don&rsquo;t look for relief from any time soon.</span> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 22:11:39 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 10070 at http://kbia.org A Texas-sized profit-squeezing beef crisis Translating science into news http://kbia.org/post/translating-science-news <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; ">Scientists researching complex topics often come up empty-handed when it comes time to explain their findings. It&rsquo;s hard to distill years of intricate, complex research into tiny bytes a layman can understand.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:16:52 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 9196 at http://kbia.org Translating science into news Assessing the additives http://kbia.org/post/assessing-additives-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; ">Pick up your favorite packaged food and read the ingredient list.</span></p><p style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; margin-bottom: 1.1em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; ">If you stumbled over any of the words or a color jumped out at you, you might be looking at what&rsquo;s known as a food additive. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 23:05:07 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 8966 at http://kbia.org Assessing the additives Nixon answers questions on flood protection http://kbia.org/post/nixon-answers-questions-flood-protection <p>Governor Jay Nixon met with Missouri Levee and Drainage District members in Columbia this weekend. He and other state and federal officials responded to over eight months of questions from farmers and others on how Missouri&rsquo;s waterways will be protected from future massive flooding. This is the first time a Missouri governor attended an annual levee district association meeting in over 15 years, and with good reason, as Governor Nixon addressed the standing room only crowd, he branded 2011: &ldquo;the year of natural disasters.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:12:56 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 8692 at http://kbia.org Nixon answers questions on flood protection Something foul in the water http://kbia.org/post/something-foul-water <p>It’s been eight months since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released massive amounts of reservoir water from locations north of the Missouri River. Those reservoirs were filled to the brim with historic rainwater and melted snow that accumulated over a long winter of inclement weather across the Midwest.</p> <p>Most of that released water poured over valuable farmland and residential areas in northwest Missouri. The resulting financial and family devastation has opened up a huge Missouri-style feud that will likely last as long as it will take the flooded land to return to normal.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:46:24 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 8575 at http://kbia.org Something foul in the water Just what do food additives add? http://kbia.org/post/just-what-do-food-additives-add <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; ">Ever looked at the labels on the back of your packaged food?</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:59:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 8351 at http://kbia.org Just what do food additives add? Missouri treasurer announces financial assistance for farmers http://kbia.org/post/missouri-treasurer-announces-financial-assistance-farmers <p>Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced a new financial assistance package for beginning farmers trying to make their way in an expensive industry. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:09:59 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 7826 at http://kbia.org Missouri treasurer announces financial assistance for farmers Victorious vegetarian eating in the heartland http://kbia.org/post/victorious-vegetarian-eating-heartland <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; ">Did you know the most common fresh produce in Kansas City and in the Midwest is iceberg lettuce? Yes, the green that is mostly water is&nbsp;apparently&nbsp;the best get in fly-over country. At least, the New York Times thinks so.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:35:58 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 7512 at http://kbia.org Victorious vegetarian eating in the heartland Putting nutrition scores to the test http://kbia.org/post/putting-nutrition-scores-test <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; ">There&#39;s more to grocery shopping these days because of nutritional ratings, on-label claims and even in-store dieticians.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:20:08 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 6767 at http://kbia.org Putting nutrition scores to the test Modernization of Food Safety http://kbia.org/post/modernization-food-safety <p>With funding in hand, U.S. food safety regulations will see the biggest changes in almost 70 years in 2012.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:19:09 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 6566 at http://kbia.org Modernization of Food Safety 2011: A year in the life of farm and food http://kbia.org/post/2011-year-life-farm-and-food <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.7em; ">Whether it was thanks to the Farm Bill, MF Global&#39;s bankruptcy, vicious flooding or high land prices, farmers were in the headlines throughout the Midwest in 2011.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 19:28:41 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 6454 at http://kbia.org Ethanol on its own after tax break expires http://kbia.org/post/ethanol-its-own-after-tax-break-expires <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.7em; ">The U.S. fuel industry rang in the new year with a little less help from the government after the previously entrenched Volumetric Ethanol Excise Credit expired on Dec. 31, 2011.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 6390 at http://kbia.org Ethanol on its own after tax break expires It's been a long year for farmers and foodies http://kbia.org/post/its-been-long-year-farmers-and-foodies <p>Deadly drought, dropped agriculture legislation, high water flooding, and soaring farmland prices. It's just another year in agriculture in the Midwest.</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:28:34 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 5607 at http://kbia.org It's been a long year for farmers and foodies A farmer’s food for thought in 7 minutes http://kbia.org/post/farmer%E2%80%99s-food-thought-7-minutes <p>I recently went to this local Columbia, Mo., event called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.2020columbia.com/" style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; cursor: pointer; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">20/20</a>. It&rsquo;s a bimonthly gathering that highlights culture-makers in town who are often hidden from the public as they create, research and organize innovative ideas. And here&rsquo;s the twist: These passionate people quickly present their ideas while a screen behind them displays 20 images over 400 seconds.</p><p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 06:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 5454 at http://kbia.org A farmer’s food for thought in 7 minutes Horse slaughter from the farmer’s point of view http://kbia.org/post/horse-slaughter-farmer%E2%80%99s-point-view <p>Outlawing the slaughter of horses may not sound like a bad thing. But for farmers and the animals, the consequences of such a ban in the U..S. have been far-reaching and complicated.</p><p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 20:28:41 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 4926 at http://kbia.org Horse slaughter from the farmer’s point of view You are what your food eats http://kbia.org/post/you-are-what-your-food-eats <p>According to a study from the<a href="http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.9760"> Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives</a>, Americans consume a lot of meat, and the quality of the meat products is directly linked to animal feeding management. So, if you&rsquo;re an average eater who chows down on over six ounces of meat daily, consider checking out the nutrition content on the animal feed label.</p><p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 4762 at http://kbia.org You are what your food eats 'Natural' food labels lack regulation, naturally http://kbia.org/post/natural-food-labels-lack-regulation-naturally <p>What does it take for a food product to be labeled &quot;Natural&quot;?</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">Not much, it seems.</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">While that big&nbsp;<u><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/873/natural-questions-about-meat-labels/5" style="cursor: pointer; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">&quot;Natural&quot; label on a package of meat has nothing to do with how an animal was raised</a></u>, it at least has a definition: &quot;minimally processed with no artificial ingredients.&rdquo;&nbsp; When &quot;Natural&quot; shows up on other food products -- everything from granola bars to dressings, and even soda --&nbsp;&nbsp; the meaning is less certain.</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); "> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 06:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 4080 at http://kbia.org 'Natural' food labels lack regulation, naturally Healthy score cards create (more) confusion http://kbia.org/post/healthy-score-cards-create-more-confusion <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">The constant barrage of nutrition messages is so confusing it makes me want to go on a BBQ-potato-chip bender.</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">So when Harvest reporter&nbsp;<strong>Jessica Naudziunas</strong>&nbsp;pitched a story on those nutritional scores in grocery stores, I listened. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); "> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 06:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 4647 at http://kbia.org Healthy score cards create (more) confusion New farm bill details emerge http://kbia.org/post/new-farm-bill-details-emerge <p>The package of agriculture and food policy that&#39;s called the farm bill is reauthorized by Congress every five years. This year, however, things are a bit different for this historically lengthy and debate-rich process. The federal budget deficit that&#39;s been hanging around for months has pushed the farm bill into overdrive, and the legislation is now on the fast track straight to the&nbsp;Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, otherwise known as the super committee.</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 06:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 4004 at http://kbia.org New farm bill details emerge In Iowa, some farmers see changing climate http://kbia.org/post/iowa-some-farmers-see-changing-climate <p>By Kathleen Masterson (<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/blog/854/iowa-some-farmers-see-changing-climate/5" style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19px; ">Harvest Public Media</a>)</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">Running a successful farm business relies on hard work, good soil and seeds and, most of all, weather. So it makes sense that many farmers have real concerns about climate change.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 15:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 3241 at http://kbia.org In Iowa, some farmers see changing climate Some farmers look Beyond Organic http://kbia.org/post/some-farmers-look-beyond-organic <p>By Jeremy Bernfeld&nbsp;(<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/blog/855/some-farmers-look-beyond-organic/5" style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19px; ">Harvest Public Media</a>)</p><p style="line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font: normal normal normal 12px/19px Verdana; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">Some organic farmers don&rsquo;t want to have their products labeled Certified Organic. For them, the Certified Organic label doesn&rsquo;t go far enough. They want to go Beyond Organic.</p><p> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 15:00:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 3239 at http://kbia.org Some farmers look Beyond Organic What does sustainable mean to you? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-sustainable-mean-you-1 <p>Despite this being harvest season, I&rsquo;ve been pestering farmers with theoretical questions about food and agriculture labels.<br /><br /> Here&rsquo;s something I&rsquo;ve learned: If there&rsquo;s one thing to guarantee a lengthy conversation with an ag-minded person, regardless of his or her crop harvesting schedule, it might be on the farm labels.<br /><br /> I&rsquo;ve also learned that there comes a point when slapping a pithy saying on an agricultural method is a detriment to understanding just how a farmer does his job.<br /> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:05:00 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 3407 at http://kbia.org What does sustainable mean to you?