Unraveling The Gluten-Free Trend

The gluten-free trend is growing, but is it all just hype?

A few years ago, when I began writing a book about grains and bread, the first question I usually got when I mentioned the project was: “Why are so many people having problems with wheat?” In many ways the question encapsulated the current anxiety around bread and wheat, which has gyrated from a source of sustenance for… » Read More

Leave It to Beavers

Once considered a pesky rodent, the animals are busy saving California’s salmon populations.

In an unexpected twist to California’s drought saga, it turns out that beavers, once reviled as a nuisance, could help ease the water woes that sometimes pit the state’s environmentalists and fishermen against its farmers. In California, where commercial and recreational salmon fishing brings in $1.5 billion a year, and agriculture earns $42.6 billion annually,… » Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Nanopesticides

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Stacey Harper has never been a farmer. In wooded Alsea, Oregon, Harper is more likely to be found hunting elk than sowing seeds. Rather, it’s Harper’s work in the laboratory that links her to the soil. A scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Harper is doggedly researching tiny, human-made substances called nanoparticles, with the goal of… » Read More

Seven ways climate change could kill you (really)

From roasting sidewalks to apocalyptic allergy seasons, here are the ways researchers predict a changing climate will affect your health

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What do allergies, heart attacks, salmonella outbreaks, and depression have in common? Give up? Well, most Americans don’t know either, according to an October report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. The answer is that they’re all symptoms of a warming planet – just some of the health problems that experts say we can… » Read More

Death of a Family Farm

Family businesses remain one of the most popular forms of ownership in America. But when things go wrong, they go really wrong.

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At the end of a road lined with the skeletons of old field equipment, Tony Azevedo sits in the living room of his white farmhouse and tells me not to expect much from his son Adam. “He had a breakdown,” says the 62-year-old organic dairy farmer. “The Adam you met isn’t the Adam we raised.” The house is a… » Read More