| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:11 PM
Drought in the United States, past and present, might make 2014 one of the more volatile years for food prices and supplies globally. U.S. consumers may get a preview of what's coming at the salad bar.
The main culprit is the parched land of California'...
| Apr 13, 2014
Re "Out-to-lunch regulators," Editorial, April 8
It's challenging to satisfy one child's palate, let alone 30 million. Yet 90% of schools are meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's updated nutrition standards.
School cafeterias are no...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 9:45 AM
Antibiotics, pesticides and hormones are not on anyone's grocery list, yet they are standard fare in the foods we eat.
But that is changing in Central Florida and across the state, as buying organic becomes easier, and grocers such as Publix, Whole...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 10:41 AM
In the late 1990s, Matt McLean, a fourth-generation citrus farmer from Clermont, went to his grandfather for advice. He asked him whether organic farming was realistic. His grandfather assured him it was.
"'That was how we used to farm,' he told me,"...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Confession: This conundrum may very well fall into the category of "Just get yourself together, Paitsel."
Still, I think it's worth a quick brainstorm.
Eating at home (and doing it well) is a multi-step process, from shopping sales, possibly...
| Mar 29, 2014
A few years back, I came up with a new economic indicator to chew on – the cost of bacon. I admit I freaked when that popular part of the pig went north of $6 a pound. But that was back in 2011 when the country was still grappling with the effects...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 1:35 PM
Editor's note: This is part of an everyday series looking at line items in state and local budgets.
RICHMOND — There's a famous saying about priorities: Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.
Virginia's state government values...
| Apr 2, 2014
Nowhere in the Los Angeles area are trees more sparse than in South Los Angeles. City and county officials have been working for years in that part of town to create pastoral swaths of parks, greenbelts and even wetlands — fighting against drought,...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 6:22 AM
Glenview was still part of the Illinois frontier when Dr. John A. Kennicott arrived with his family in 1836.
The pioneer physician created the Grove Nursery & Garden, the region's first commercial plant nursery on about 45 acres of land, purchased for...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 1:31 PM
Rancho Feeding Corp., a Petaluma meat processor under federal investigation after recalling nearly 9 million pounds of beef earlier this month, is being bought by an artisanal Marin County farm specializing in pasture-raised livestock.
Marin Sun Farms...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:22 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general has opened an investigation into the Northern California firm behind a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef products, raising the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the company.