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Lisa D. Hurst

Lisa D. Hurst

Saving Chocolate, One 'Kiss' at a Time

Saving Chocolate, One 'Kiss' at a Time

As you enjoy sweet chocolate confections today, consider this – the cacao tree is under threat from deforestation, pests and diseases, and climate change. Can it be saved by scientific intervention? Ethos Chocolate has come up with a clever promotion to help consumers embrace the possibility.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production

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Hemp, Hemp Hooray!

Hemp, Hemp Hooray!

You can eat it, use it as a bag, rub it on your skin, swing from it, and wear it as a pair of jeans. The U.S. has just legalized the production of hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Soil and Crop Management

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Why Should We Care About Bees?

Why Should We Care About Bees?

Do you think of bees when you walk through the produce aisle? Probably not! But without them, we would not have the plentiful and endless variety of foods

Soil and Crop Management

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The (Potential) Power of CBD

The (Potential) Power of CBD

CBD may reduce stress, anxiety, and inflammation, and is a promising therapeutic agent in the battle against epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Food Ingredients, Health

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Is Salt Worth its Salt?

Is Salt Worth its Salt?

There is Himalayan salt, Pink Salt, Grey Salt, Black, Salt, Blue Salt, Coarse Salt, Flakey Salt... What makes them different?

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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Is Glyphosate Safe?

Is Glyphosate Safe?

Glyphosate is the most widely used weed killer in the world. Between a recent jury award to a groundskeeper who regularly used Roundup and headlines claiming glyphosate residues in our food, what is going on?

Food Production, Food Safety, Soil and Crop Management

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Is Honey Healthier than Sugar?

Is Honey Healthier than Sugar?

Is honey a healthier sweetener than sugar? We wanted to learn more about what is in honey and how this delicious sweetener is made.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Soil Microbes in the Spotlight

Soil Microbes in the Spotlight

As they face the challenges of pests and diseases or regulatory pressure to use less water and less fertilizer, farmers are turning to companies who can provide microbial solutions to help them achieve crop health and environmental sustainability.

Soil and Crop Management

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The TB12 Diet: One Size Does Not Fit All

The TB12 Diet: One Size Does Not Fit All

While Tom Brady's diet does offer lots of helpful nutrition advice, there is also some dubious science.

Diet, Health

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Water, Water...Everywhere?

Water, Water...Everywhere?

Farmers are using new technology--from drones and sensors to filters and polymers--to manage and conserve water.

Agricultural Technology, Conservation, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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Soil: It is much more than Dirt

Soil: It is much more than Dirt

Have you ever thought about what lies beneath our feet? The soil is responsible for 95% of the food we eat and supports human life in multiple ways. Keeping soil healthy is very important.

Soil and Crop Management

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How is Salt Made?

How is Salt Made?

Geologists call it Halite, chemists call it sodium chloride (NaCl)— the rest of us call it salt.  Salt has a remarkable history, which dates back to the earliest civilizations. How is it made?

Food Ingredients, Food Production, Health

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Seasons Change...Your Produce Should Too!

Seasons Change...Your Produce Should Too!

As the seasons change, our produce options change as well. This happens to be optimal for your body. But, do you know what produce to buy and when? How to select fruit that is ripe and veggies that are fresh?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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What is RoundUp?

What is RoundUp?

Glyphosate, or "Roundup" as it is more commonly called, is used around home gardens and agriculture, and specifically is the herbicide used on genetically modified (GM) crops.

Food Production, Food Safety, Soil and Crop Management

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Innovations in Indoor Farming

Innovations in Indoor Farming

Salad from a rooftop? Tomatoes grown in a warehouse? Microgreens in a freight car? Welcome to the new world of “‘Ponics” and indoor agriculture.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production, Food Technology

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Going...Going...Local!

Going...Going...Local!

Why buy local? Local and regional food economies help non-farming Americans reconnect with all of agriculture.

Food Production, Health, Soil and Crop Management

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Let The Hens Out! Cage Free Eggs

Let The Hens Out! Cage Free Eggs

By 2025, the US egg supply will be predominantly cage free. How are chicken producers responding to consumer demand for transparency? What does this mean for the welfare of the chicken?

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Production, Food Safety

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Conventional...or Organic?

Conventional...or Organic?

Both conventional and organic farmers are subject to standards that make the U.S. food supply the safest in the world.

Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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