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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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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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