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We live in a world with a complex food system. We explore how food is produced, processed, and delivered with an emphasis on food supply, prices, and food safety.

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Jack Bobo: How We Choose Our Food

Jack Bobo: How We Choose Our Food

Especially during chaotic times like this, we rely on Jack Bobo's insights into our behaviors as food consumers to educate us and help us make better decisions. While we search our supermarket for a new "superfood" to cure us or a "natural" product to make us feel healthier, Jack is searching for the answers to why our brains want us to behave this way and what we can do to better evaluate our purchasing decisions.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production

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Why are we buying so much toilet paper?!

Why are we buying so much toilet paper?!

We've all witnessed panic-buying in the grocery aisles and maybe did some ourselves. The empty shelves reveal how we try to find control as coronavirus fears grow more rampant. But how do we control our fears and our carts?

Food Security, Health

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Coronavirus and Our Food: Should We Be Scared?

Coronavirus and Our Food: Should We Be Scared?

As coronavirus COVID-19 spreads globally, how concerned should we be for our safety? And should we fear transmission of the virus via our food, especially among imported products?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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Public Opinion: A Misguided Discussion on GMOs

Public Opinion: A Misguided Discussion on GMOs

It started as pleasantries in a small-town parking lot, but when GMOs came up, the conversation took a turn for the worse. What happens next is a clash between science, opinion, and its effect on our food system.

Food Technology

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Can Technology Save Urban Farming?

Can Technology Save Urban Farming?

With a growing population and demand for sustainability, innovations in ag are more crucial than ever. Let’s see how pioneers in indoor ag are developing technologies that could prove impactful for our growing needs.

Food Production, Food Technology, Future of Food, Soil and Crop Management

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Holy Cow! What happened to Dean Foods & Borden?

Holy Cow! What happened to Dean Foods & Borden?

The dairy downturn has now gone from family farm to corporate headquarters. The Dean Foods and Borden Dairy bankruptcy filings can teach valuable lessons to the food sector, our growing consumer trends and the industry at large.

Food Production

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D2D's "Nice List" for the Holidays

Here's our "nice list" of helpful posts to keep you healthy, happy and in-the-know through the holidays and into the new year. Everything from delicious, low sugar recipes to our 2019 news round-up on trade and alternative proteins, we've got you covered!

Food Regulations and Policy, Health, Soil and Crop Management

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2 Trade Deals and Plant Food in a Pear Tree: Top News in 2019

2 Trade Deals and Plant Food in a Pear Tree: Top News in 2019

2019 has been a wild ride! News about our food and how we get it – from dirt to dinner – have had us on the edge of our seats...

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety, Food Trade, Soil and Crop Management

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5 Surprising Facts about Our Organic Foods

5 Surprising Facts about Our Organic Foods

Why do we all have a different definition for organic foods? Is it really pesticide-free? Hormone-free? Grown locally? We took a look at how the USDA monitors organic products and what the term really means.

Food Regulations and Policy

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Coffee: Uniting Our Worlds

Coffee: Uniting Our Worlds

Our morning brew is so much more than just another beverage! Each cup connects us with farmers in the rainforests and mountains, highlighting the importance of sustainable farming. To bring our cup of joe to life, we introduce sustainability-rated Colombian coffee producer, Finca El Ocaso.

Food Ingredients, Food Production, Food Trade

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The Dirt to Dinner Team: Giving Thanks

The Dirt to Dinner Team: Giving Thanks

The D2D Team has a lot to feel grateful for this holiday season! Here are a few things that we'll be giving thanks to this year as we celebrate with our family and friends.

Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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Are GMOs Bad for the Environment?

Are GMOs Bad for the Environment?

On the contrary. In fact, here's a different way to spell the word green: GE – Genetic Engineering. GE technology includes genetically modified organisms, which some critics claim harm the environment. But in reality, GMOs help farmers use pesticides responsibly, conserve water and increase soil health while increasing their crop yield.

Food Technology, Soil and Crop Management

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The African Swine Fever Epidemic: Are We at Risk?

The African Swine Fever Epidemic: Are We at Risk?

Many of us are unaware of issues affecting our food supply. But what if the pork products we place in our grocery carts became harder to find? The devastating disease, African Swine Fever, has made this a potential reality in Asia.

Food Safety, Food Trade

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The Case for New Breeding Technologies

The Case for New Breeding Technologies

With the global population to top 9 billion and climate change reducing crop yields by 25-30% by 2050, how will we keep everyone fed? Technological innovations, such as gene editing and synthetic biology, offer tools to meet the demand — if they are allowed to move forward.

Food Security, Food Technology

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Solein: A Space-Age Protein

Solein: A Space-Age Protein

We’ve heard of animal-based, plant-based and cell-based proteins, but how about air-based proteins? Solar Foods is reversing carbon emissions by pioneering a protein with carbon dioxide and renewable electricity, a feat with potential to address sustainability and world hunger. But how feasible is this protein?

Food Security, Food Technology

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How Blockchain is Disrupting the Ag Supply Chain

How Blockchain is Disrupting the Ag Supply Chain

There is no doubt the ag industry needs a way to accurately and securely track and monitor its entire supply chain, and it needs to be scalable to handle the needs of one of the largest logistical operations in the world - a feat not for the faint of heart. Enter Blockchain.

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Technology

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Back to Business: D2D News Recap

Back to Business: D2D News Recap

With summer winding down and kids returning to school, it’s time once again to catch up on some food & ag news from around the world. It’s been a busy time, with lots of news we at Dirt-to-Dinner found to be important, interesting, sometimes outrageous and occasionally funny. Here it is, in case you missed it...

Climate Change, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security, Food Trade

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Packing Social Concerns in the Lunchbox

Packing Social Concerns in the Lunchbox

As a scientist and mom of three young kids, back to school to Dr. Evanega means preparing her kids' lunches with their tastes - and global considerations - in mind.

Agricultural Technology, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Technology

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What Really Drives the Price of Our Food?

What Really Drives the Price of Our Food?

Many factors affect the price of the food we place in our grocery carts each week. How do farmers and food manufacturers price their goods to maintain a smooth and steady delivery of the food we need at a price buyers are willing to pay?

Food Trade

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Can I Get Sick from Animals Fed GMOs?

Can I Get Sick from Animals Fed GMOs?

If I eat meat or dairy and those animals have eaten GMO corn or soybeans, am I ingesting GMOs, too? Will I get sick? And what about the animals...is GMO feed harmful to them?

Food Safety, Health

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What Are Dead Zones…and is Ag to Blame?

What Are Dead Zones…and is Ag to Blame?

Each year, “dead zones” – large bodies of water lacking the oxygen needed to support aquatic life - appear all around the world. This summer’s flooding in the Midwest has made it worse. How does this happen? And what can we do?

Climate Change, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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What Does the Market Hold for Alternative Proteins?

What Does the Market Hold for Alternative Proteins?

You may have noticed that popular restaurants now have plant-based protein items and food companies are creating new meat-like products. How have consumer demands changed for these alternative protein sources? And where is the industry going?

Food Technology

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Can GMOs Make Me Sick?

Can GMOs Make Me Sick?

Concerned if GMOs are harmful to your health? We dug into exactly what happens in our bodies when we eat food that has been grown with a GMO.

Agricultural Technology, Food Safety, Health

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Don’t Be Fooled by Food Labels

Don’t Be Fooled by Food Labels

There are so many food labels today: Organic, Grassfed, No Hormones or Antibiotics added, Non-GMO, Certified Humane…the list goes on. D2D's here to help you understand them and to know when you’re being fooled!

Food Ingredients, Food Regulations and Policy

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Pet Food for Thought

Pet Food for Thought

The FDA recently stated that several specialty dog food formulations have led to canine heart disease. With so many food choices today, what should we feed our pets?

Food Ingredients, Food Production, Health

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My Nightmare Meal: A Personal Reflection of Our Food System

My Nightmare Meal: A Personal Reflection of Our Food System

Ag Secretary Perdue recently told us not to fear our food. Have we really come to the point that people must be told by a cabinet-level government official that their food supply is okay to eat?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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GMOs are Confusing: A Recipe for Understanding

GMOs are Confusing: A Recipe for Understanding

Consumers continue to be confused about GMOs. What if we told you that enhancing your banana bread recipe with additional nutrients is similar in concept to adding a gene to a plant?

Food Ingredients, Food Technology

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From the Farm Babe: Who is Dirt-to-Dinner?

From the Farm Babe: Who is Dirt-to-Dinner?

Dirt-to-Dinner recently visited Michelle Miller, one of our favorite social media collaborators and the voice behind The Farm Babe. Here, Michelle details a bit of the story behind Dirt-to-Dinner and sheds some light on the importance of partnering with like-minded “Agvocates.”

D2D on the Farm, Food Production

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Palm Oil: In Pursuit of Sustainability

Palm Oil: In Pursuit of Sustainability

Every day, consumers are unwittingly caught in a catch-22. Palm oil, an ingredient in many of the foods we eat and products we use daily, has a reputation for deforestation and habitat destruction. But there is a solution: growing it sustainably.

Food Production

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Waste Not, Want Not:  Eat Beer and Drink Sandwiches!

Waste Not, Want Not: Eat Beer and Drink Sandwiches!

Drink Sandwiches? Eat Beer? Beer manufacturers and breweries are turning spent grains into bread, animal feed and even energy and compost. They are also taking bread and turning it into beer! The efforts of the beer industry point to significant progress in the battle against food waste.

Food Production

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Rallying for our Flooded Farmers

Rallying for our Flooded Farmers

The ongoing flooding in Nebraska and Iowa has pushed many over the edge, making the next harvest an impossibility for some. Many have lost their homes, their farms, and their livelihood. Here is how you can help.

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security

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Venezuela in Crisis: A Starving Nation

Venezuela in Crisis: A Starving Nation

Hungry citizens, lost jobs, violence, and a mass exodus of millions. It’s the story of a society melting down before our very eyes. How are Venezuelans managing to eat?

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The Green New Deal: Where's the Beef?

The Green New Deal: Where's the Beef?

The Green New Deal calls on the U.S. to take a leading role in reducing emissions through “economic transformation.” The references to farming and agriculture’s footprint have generated a lot of discussion among the farming community.

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy

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Saving Chocolate, One 'Kiss' at a Time

Saving Chocolate, One 'Kiss' at a Time

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! 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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Healthy Sugar? The Sweet Taste of Tagatose

Healthy Sugar? The Sweet Taste of Tagatose

Sugar can be addictive and bad for your health. What if there was a healthier option?

Food Ingredients, Future of Food

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Carbon Dioxide - The Dance of Life

Carbon Dioxide - The Dance of Life

Without carbon and carbon dioxide we would have unpleasantly cold temperatures, no plants to eat, and no trees to keep the earth in balance.

Climate Change

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