Global Food Supply

4:00am

Wed March 25, 2015
Agriculture

Colorado Has Its Sights Set On Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Ag

Colorado research institutions are filing patents and publishing scientific papers on agricultural topics at a record pace.
Jessica "The Hun" Reeder Flickr - Creative Commons

Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech start-ups, and the northern Colorado region is dotted with widely respected scientific research institutions. But a new report [.pdf] from Colorado State University takes the idea a bit further, with an agrarian twist.

Economists say the state's Front Range is at the forefront of agricultural innovation.

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5:00am

Thu March 5, 2015
Agriculture

Ranchers Counting On Labels To Stand Apart From Global Competition

Country of origin labels on packages of beef, pork, chicken and other meat are supposed to list where a harvested animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like “Born, Raised, & Harvest in the U.S.A.” or “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S.”

These country of origin labels, as they are known, are part of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. And they may not be long for store shelves.

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5:00am

Thu September 25, 2014
Tossed Out

Grocery Stores Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Pre-made meals found in the prepared food aisle are a growing source of food waste, as it is difficult to reuse meals that aren't sold but are fully cooked.
Credit Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

Grocery stores and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach. With consumers demanding large displays of unblemished, fresh produce or massive portion sizes, many grocery stores and restaurants end up tossing a mountain of perfectly edible food.

Despite efforts to cut down on waste, the consumer end of the food chain still accounts for the largest share of food waste in the U.S. food system.

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5:00am

Tue September 23, 2014
Tossed Out

Technology, Infrastructure Cut Down On Farm Food Waste

At Grinnell Heritage Farm in Grinnell, Iowa, this 15-bushel crate collects all the waste from the packing shed that will get composted. Most of it is rotten or damaged.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

On a wet, grey day in Grinnell, Iowa, the rain beats a rhythm on the metal roof of a packing shed at Grinnell Heritage Farm. Crew member Whitney Brewer picks big bunches of kale out of a washing tank, lets them drip on a drying table and then packs them into cardboard boxes.

Like most farms in the United States, this one uses ample labor, harvesting tools and technology, and readily available refrigeration to ensure that most of its produce makes it to market. Most food that can’t be sold is eaten by the crew or donated to area food banks that can distribute it to people who need it.

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5:00am

Mon September 22, 2014
Tossed Out

Food Waste Weighing Down U.S. Food System

About 35 million tons of food was dumped in landfills across the U.S. in 2012, compared to 29 million tons of plastic and 24 million tons of paper.
Credit Pat Aylward / NET News

It’s a hot summer day outside of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jack Chappelle is knee-deep in trash. He’s wading in to rotting vegetables, half-eaten burgers and tater tots. Lots of tater tots.

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