Trade

5:00am

Thu May 22, 2014
Agriculture

Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

Canada legalized hemp in 1998 and many companies there are anxiously awaiting cultivation in the U.S. At Centennial Seeds in Colorado, growers have started planting.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain hemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.

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6:00am

Wed May 7, 2014
Agriculture

Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Ranchers Worry

Rancher Sharon Harvat worries that importing fresh beef from Brazil could bring foot-and-mouth disease, which could wreak havoc on the U.S. beef trade.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to greenlight a proposal that would allow imports of fresh beef from certain sections of Brazil, despite the South American country’s history of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious pathogen that cripples cattle.

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12:40pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Business

Meat Labels Don't Infringe On Free Speech, Court Rules

New labels on packages of meat tell shoppers where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Those new labels on grocery store meat that says where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered will be sticking around.

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1:22am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Salt

In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:11 pm

A worker unloads a truck full of Mexican limes at a citrus packing plant in La Ruana, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.
Dario Lopez-Mills AP

Has the price of your margarita cocktail shot up? Guacamole more expensive? Blame it on limes.

About 98 percent of limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico. But our neighbors to the south are feeling seriously squeezed by a shortage of the beloved citrus fruit.

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5:44am

Thu March 13, 2014
World

Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:17 am

NPR's Jackie Northam on the Maersk McKinney Moller, a new container megaship that can carry about double what many other big cargo ships can carry. It's 20 stories high and four football fields long.
Jackie Northam NPR

I started my journey at the famed Gdansk Shipyard, home of Poland's solidarity movement in the 1980s. It was nearly midnight when I arrived and saw for the first time the Maersk McKinney Moller, the world's largest container ship.

I simply wasn't prepared for just how massive it is. The whole ship really can't be taken in, even standing at a distance, so I gave my neck a good stretch by scanning this behemoth end to end, and up and down.

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