food http://kbia.org en Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients http://kbia.org/post/some-food-companies-are-quietly-dumping-gmo-ingredients A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.<p>One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company's best-sellers. Ben & Jerry's CEO <a href="http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/how-were-structured#4timeline">Jostein Solheim </a>says the company had to remove the key ingredient, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. Its replacement is called Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:58:48 +0000 editor 56581 at http://kbia.org Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients 'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much http://kbia.org/post/natural-food-sounds-good-doesnt-mean-much Some people have had it with "natural" food.<p>For fifteen years, <a href="http://consumersunion.org/experts/urvashi-rangan/">Urvashi Rangan</a>, director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports, has been pointing out that "natural" is just about the most misleading label that you'll ever see on a food package. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:07:26 +0000 Daniel Charles 55088 at http://kbia.org 'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat? http://kbia.org/post/can-you-call-yourself-environmentalist-and-still-eat-meat Earlier this week, we <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/08/305860073/james-cameron-backed-school-to-terminate-meat-and-dairy">told you</a> about a school backed by director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, that may become the first vegan school in the U.S.<p>In describing the couple's path to veganism, Amis Cameron told us she's eventually come to believe that, "You can't really call yourself an environmentalist if you're still consuming animals. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:55:00 +0000 editor 54396 at http://kbia.org Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat? Columbia Public Schools Challenge to Preserving Food http://kbia.org/post/columbia-public-schools-challenge-preserving-food <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With seven snow days, Columbia Public Schools has already surpassed its allotted limit of six snow days for the 2013-14 school year. For most, a snow day leads to relaxation. For people involved in the transportation and reception of food, it means exactly the opposite.</span></p><p>Their line of communication never ends. The Columbia Public School District has 34 schools to keep track of. That means 34 kitchens that receive food multiple times a week. Depending on what time a snow day is announced, it may be too late to stop a delivery service.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Brady Finn 48081 at http://kbia.org Columbia Public Schools Challenge to Preserving Food The new wheat behind whole grain white bread http://kbia.org/post/new-wheat-behind-whole-grain-white-bread <p>A new wheat variety may have cracked the code to marry the fluffiness of white bread with whole grain nutrition.</p><p>For a long time, American bread makers have been in a bind. Many consumers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/11/169150598/in-the-battle-between-health-and-taste-why-white-bread-still-wins">like the texture and taste of white bread</a>, but want the nutritional benefits of whole grains.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 46284 at http://kbia.org The new wheat behind whole grain white bread Field Notes: Snowmass wheat http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-snowmass-wheat <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46453 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Snowmass wheat Consumers often lost in the middle of scientific food battles http://kbia.org/post/consumers-often-lost-middle-scientific-food-battles <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Hot-button food issues of the day, such as the use of genetically modified organisms or the treatment of livestock, tend to pit large industries against smaller activist groups. Often, both sides will claim the science supports what they are saying. That can leave consumers, most of whom aren’t scientists, in a bit of a bind.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:57:22 +0000 Amy Mayer 43448 at http://kbia.org Consumers often lost in the middle of scientific food battles Rural areas face limited access to nutritious food http://kbia.org/post/rural-areas-face-limited-access-nutritious-food <p>Limited access to nutritious food is an issue facing rural communities in Missouri and the nation at large, according to University of Missouri specialists.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:09:09 +0000 Colin Hope 43375 at http://kbia.org Rural areas face limited access to nutritious food Field Notes: Overhaul of meat labels on hold http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-overhaul-meat-labels-hold <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a><em>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:51:57 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 39707 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Overhaul of meat labels on hold Waynesville flooding victim identified http://kbia.org/post/waynesville-flooding-victim-identified <p>Authorities in southern Missouri have identified a 23-year-old single mother who's presumed to have died in recent flooding that also killed her young son.</p><p>Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said Thursday that 4-year-old Elyjah M. Lee and his mother, Jessica D. Lee, both of Waynesville, were in a car that was swept off a roadway early Tuesday after torrential rains hit the area, flooding streets and damaging homes and businesses.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:48:20 +0000 Associated Press 38509 at http://kbia.org Waynesville flooding victim identified FDA launches new gluten free rules http://kbia.org/post/fda-launches-new-gluten-free-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Walk down a grocery store aisle or open a restaurant menu.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gluten-free labels are everywhere.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gluten is a starchy protein compound found in products made from wheat, barley and rye. It’s what gives dough a chewy texture. But up until this point, there has been little oversight on what qualifies as gluten-free and what doesn’t.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:24:30 +0000 Luke Runyon 38268 at http://kbia.org FDA launches new gluten free rules Displaced Pinhook residents look for new home http://kbia.org/post/displaced-pinhook-residents-look-new-home <p>Drive along southeast Missouri’s Highway VV in Mississippi County, and you will primarily see vibrant green fields littered with farm equipment and the occasional farmer working the land.<br><br>The burned out remains of what was once a church stands sentry alongside the highway, just outside of what at first glance appears to be an ordinary rural community.<br><br>But, something seems out of place.<br> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:08:49 +0000 Tamara Zellars Buck 37235 at http://kbia.org Displaced Pinhook residents look for new home Interfaith gardens grow food and fellowship http://kbia.org/post/interfaith-gardens-grow-food-and-fellowship <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Volunteers from different faith communities have been working together to grow food. Columbia has more than 30 community garden plots, and several of them are interfaith gardens.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:30:11 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 36986 at http://kbia.org Interfaith gardens grow food and fellowship 12 Mo. counties eligible for disaster assistance http://kbia.org/post/12-mo-counties-eligible-disaster-assistance <p>Farmers in a dozen Missouri counties could be eligible for emergency loans through the U.S. Agriculture Department for damage from severe spring weather.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:19:39 +0000 Associated Press 34870 at http://kbia.org 12 Mo. counties eligible for disaster assistance Want To Forage In Your City? There's A Map For That http://kbia.org/post/want-forage-your-city-theres-map If you really love your peaches and want to shake a tree, there's a map to help you find one. That goes for veggies, nuts, berries and hundreds of other edible plant species, too.<p>Avid foragers <a href="http://smallwhitecube.com/doku.php?id=about">Caleb Philips</a> and <a href="http://www.weltyphotography.com/about.html">Ethan Welty</a> launched an interactive map last month that identifies more than a half-million locations across the globe where fruits and veggies are free for the taking. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:58:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 32515 at http://kbia.org Want To Forage In Your City? There's A Map For That Flooding causes road closures in mid-Missouri http://kbia.org/post/flooding-causes-road-closures-mid-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flooding from thunder storms has caused a large number of road closures in mid-Missouri, Thursday.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:13:35 +0000 Russell Chapin 32294 at http://kbia.org Flooding causes road closures in mid-Missouri Gluten-free by popular demand http://kbia.org/post/gluten-free-popular-demand <p>Six months ago, Kara Welter drastically changed her diet by eliminating food that contains wheat, rye or barley.</p><p>“I don’t eat gluten,” said Welter, a 41-year-old marketing executive in Kansas City. “I happened to just try it because I was having stomach issues for years. And it turns out within three days, I stopped having stomach issues.”</p><p>Welter’s gluten decision stemmed from what she read online. Medical tests showed that she did not have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, the disorder that causes the immune system to reject the gluten.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:18:37 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 32057 at http://kbia.org Gluten-free by popular demand Congressmen aim to improve river management during droughts and floods http://kbia.org/post/congressmen-aim-improve-river-management-during-droughts-and-floods <p>Two freshman Congressmen from southern Illinois want the Army Corps of Engineers to start thinking of ways it can coordinate river management to keep cargo traffic flowing during droughts or floods. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:57:48 +0000 St. Louis Public Radio 31091 at http://kbia.org Congressmen aim to improve river management during droughts and floods GMO labeling laws on deck in the Midwest http://kbia.org/post/gmo-labeling-laws-deck-midwest <p>Just south of Hermann, Mo., <a href="http://www.swissmeats.com/"><u><b>Swiss Meat and Sausage Co.</b></u></a> processes 2 million pounds of meat a year -- everything from cattle to hogs to buffalo to elk.</p><p>And everything gets a label.</p><p>“No antibiotics added, raised without added hormones, all natural, minimally processed," Glenn Brandt, the production manager for Swiss Meat, reads from a hefty roll of hickory smoked beef sausage stickers.</p><p>What this label does not indicate, however, is whether or not the sausage contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:16:53 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 30566 at http://kbia.org GMO labeling laws on deck in the Midwest Mississippi Passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill http://kbia.org/post/mississippi-passes-anti-bloomberg-bill Mayor Mike and his public health edicts are having a rough ride.<p>On Monday, a state judge in Manhattan <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/11/174037195/judge-overturns-new-york-city-ban-on-big-sugary-sodas">struck down</a> New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's rule capping soda sizes. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:58:00 +0000 editor 30250 at http://kbia.org Gluten Goodbye: One-Third Of Americans Say They're Trying to Shun It http://kbia.org/post/gluten-goodbye-one-third-americans-say-theyre-trying-shun-it Sure, we know that gluten-free is the Jennifer Lawrence of food trends. But we were still startled to hear that one-third of Americans say they're trying to <a href="https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/percentage-of-us-adults-trying-to-cut-down-or-avoid-gluten-in-their-diets-reaches-new-high-in-2013-reports-npd/">avoid gluten</a>. Really?<p>So we checked in with <a href="http://www.npd.com/press/releases/press_about_hbalzer.html">Harry Balzer</a>, the food numbers king for consumer survey firm NPD Group. Sat, 09 Mar 2013 10:47:00 +0000 editor 30158 at http://kbia.org Gluten Goodbye: One-Third Of Americans Say They're Trying to Shun It Exploring our global food system at the Natural History Museum http://kbia.org/post/exploring-our-global-food-system-natural-history-museum <p>Can a watermelon be grown in the shape of a square? What do Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps eat for breakfast? Which island nation produces the most lamb in the world? Consumers interested in pulling back the curtain on our food system will get these and many other questions answered at “<a href="http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/our-global-kitchen-food-nature-culture"><strong>Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture</strong></a>.” The exhibition, on view now at the American Museum of Natural History, explores how our food is produced, distributed and eaten. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 29715 at http://kbia.org Exploring our global food system at the Natural History Museum Safety concerns threaten growing market for raw milk cheese http://kbia.org/post/safety-concerns-threaten-growing-market-raw-milk-cheese <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Raw milk cheese — which is made from </span>unpasteurized<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> milk — has gathered a small but fervent following for its taste, nutritional benefits and freshness.</span></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:26:44 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 28711 at http://kbia.org Safety concerns threaten growing market for raw milk cheese Increasingly, Holstein beef is what’s for dinner http://kbia.org/post/increasingly-holstein-beef-what-s-dinner <p><span class="apple-converted-space"><i><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">This blog is part of ongoing coverage from <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/blogs">Harvest Public Media</a>, a public radio reporting project in the Midwest that focuses on important issues related to food production and agriculture.</span></i></span></p><p>When I dig into a burger, I might think about how the cow the beef came from was raised -- whether it was grass or grain fed, locally raised or imported -- but rarely do I consider what breed of cow the meat came from.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:15:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 26038 at http://kbia.org Increasingly, Holstein beef is what’s for dinner Will the defeat of Prop 37 lead to a national food labeling push? http://kbia.org/post/will-defeat-prop-37-lead-national-food-labeling-push <p>California voters defeated Proposition 37 [<a href="http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2012/general/pdf/37-title-summ-analysis.pdf">PDF</a>] on Tuesday night, the ballot measure that would have required labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified foods. At the polls, <a href="http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/maps/ballot-measures/prop/37/">53 percent of Californians voted against the proposition</a>, while 47 percent voted for it.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:25:40 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24163 at http://kbia.org Will the defeat of Prop 37 lead to a national food labeling push? Mud and Moonscape: Missouri towns struggle with flood recovery http://kbia.org/post/mud-and-moonscape-missouri-towns-struggle-flood-recovery <p>Back in April, Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock headed to Tekamah, Neb., to see how <u><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1153/historic-flood-leaves-mark-farmland/5">planting was going for farmers on the Missouri River floodplain</a></u>. The river's surging waters put thousands of farm acres in Nebraska under water last summer, causing more than $100 million in crop losses in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:37:25 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 21921 at http://kbia.org Mud and Moonscape: Missouri towns struggle with flood recovery Indiana farm linked to contaminated cantaloupe also recalls watermelons http://kbia.org/post/indiana-farm-linked-contaminated-cantaloupe-also-recalls-watermelons <p>The Indiana farm that recalled cantaloupes linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has killed two and sickened 204 is now recalling its watermelons. Chamberlain Farms issued the voluntary recall because the melons <u><a href="http://www.schnucks.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.asp?id=186">could be contaminated with <em>Salmonella Newport</em></a></u>.</p><p>Foodborne illness is always a danger for farmers, grocery stores and customers alike.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:04:05 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 20977 at http://kbia.org Indiana farm linked to contaminated cantaloupe also recalls watermelons Mo. River gets boost from northern reservoirs http://kbia.org/post/mo-river-gets-boost-northern-reservoirs <p>The same reservoirs in northern states that were blamed for last year&#39;s flooding on the Missouri River are now giving the river a boost during a severe drought. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:53:55 +0000 Associated Press 18431 at http://kbia.org Mo. River gets boost from northern reservoirs Mo. county denied compensation for flood damage http://kbia.org/post/mo-county-denied-compensation-flood-damage <p>A southeast Missouri county has been told it won&#39;t be getting any money for damage caused by the activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway last year. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:31:39 +0000 Associated Press 18428 at http://kbia.org Mo. county denied compensation for flood damage Work to resume at damaged Mo. levee http://kbia.org/post/work-resume-damaged-mo-levee <p>Work is resuming on the intentionally breached Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri now that a protest to a construction bid has been deemed &quot;without merit&quot; by the Army Corps of Engineers.<br /><br />An Oklahoma company last month protested the $20 million in contracts awarded to three other companies to rebuild the levee, which was intentionally breached at the height of 2011 flooding along the Mississippi River. The breach relieved pressure on the flood wall at nearby Cairo, Ill., but damaged 130,000 acres of rich Missouri farmland and dozens of homes.<br /> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 23:35:15 +0000 Associated Press 17265 at http://kbia.org Work to resume at damaged Mo. levee