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How safe is our food from cyberattacks?   

How safe is our food from cyberattacks?   

Many of us recently learned that our food system is vulnerable to cyberattacks, just like any other business. Despite these events, industry experts find new ways to keep our food safe and supply chain constantly in motion to feed the world. Here's what's being done now...

Food Safety, Food Technology

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5 Reasons Thanksgiving Will Cost More This Year

5 Reasons Thanksgiving Will Cost More This Year

Are you prepared to pay more for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner? There’s no way to avoid it, but click here to find out why it’s happening.

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Investing in Food for Health @ Crusonia Forum

Investing in Food for Health @ Crusonia Forum

Carter Williams, CEO of iSelectFund, addressed the need for disruption in our food system at last month's Crusonia Forum in Brooklyn. The event brought together investors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders to make lasting change.

Food Technology, Future of Food

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Want to Save the Planet? 'Break Boundaries' at Home

Want to Save the Planet? 'Break Boundaries' at Home

Netflix documentary, Breaking Boundaries, has been criticized as another over-the-top and scary climate change film. But at its core, the message is simple – 'Be the Earth's Conscience.' But what does that mean, and how can I personally make a difference?

Climate Change, Conservation

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The Labor Shortage: Lack of Workers or Lack of Willing Workers?

The Labor Shortage: Lack of Workers or Lack of Willing Workers?

Labor shortages plague every sector of our current economy, leading to significant supply chain issues affecting everyday products. With available ag jobs growing, why is this happening? And how will we be affected?

Food Production

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21st Century Fermentation: Disrupting More Than Our Food

21st Century Fermentation: Disrupting More Than Our Food

Imagine if we could redesign nature by making a house out of mushrooms, growing seafood in a lab, or even combatting cancer using targeted genes from broccoli. These possibilities exist with innovations in synthetic biology.

Food Technology

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What do probiotics have to do with it? Why soil health matters.

What do probiotics have to do with it? Why soil health matters.

TNC's Renée Vassilos details how soil microbiomes drive healthy environmental ecosystems to increase productivity and profitability. Here are five innovative companies leading the way in this field...

Agricultural Technology, Food Production

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Can Rural America Lead in AgTech?

Can Rural America Lead in AgTech?

Lucy spoke to Pennsylvanian business leaders and politicians about rural America leading the way for the future of agricultural innovations. Here is her speech...

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Technology

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Keeping Score on Biden's Ag Initiatives

Keeping Score on Biden's Ag Initiatives

Six months into the Biden Administration, Washington claims a mixed scorecard of fulfilling the promises made during the 2020 campaign. Let’s take a look at some of the food and ag-related hits and misses recorded so far.

Food Regulations and Policy

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5 Ways to Know if Your Seafood is Sustainable

5 Ways to Know if Your Seafood is Sustainable

Have you seen Netflix’s ‘Seaspiracy?’ It made us wonder if we can trust our seafood. Good news is we can – it just made take a little bit more work.

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5 Things ‘Seaspiracy’ taught me about Seafood

5 Things ‘Seaspiracy’ taught me about Seafood

Aside from its distorted facts and questionable agenda, the Netflix film, 'Seaspiracy', smartly spotlights glaring issues in the sustainable seafood industry. However, options exist that support a healthy seafood system -- we just need to ask the right questions.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy

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Drought: The “Hidden Global Crisis”

Drought: The “Hidden Global Crisis”

The United Nations recently called drought “a hidden global crisis”. What causes drought, and what can we do about it? And should we worry about its effects on our food supply?

Climate Change, Food Security

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Grilling Season: Food Safety Best Practices

Grilling Season: Food Safety Best Practices

Before you fire up the grill, let’s review safe food storage, handling, and preparation to help you protect yourself, your families, and your guests from food-borne illnesses.

Food Safety

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The Protein Blues: Confessions of a Confirmed Carnivore

The Protein Blues: Confessions of a Confirmed Carnivore

Join Garland's journey as he forages through the implications -- and inconveniences -- of all the modern-day protein options.

Food Production, Food Technology

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Food Transparency Starts With Farming’s Digital Transition

Food Transparency Starts With Farming’s Digital Transition

A lack of transparency into food production is one of the fastest-rising concerns among U.S. consumers. But building out the surprisingly complex web of information from the grocery store shelf to farmgate is complicated...at best. Can it be done?

Agricultural Technology, Food Technology

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Why are my groceries so expensive right now?

Why are my groceries so expensive right now?

We’re seeing the largest increases in inflation in years. It’s happening across the board in apparel, vehicles, housing, insurance, recreation - you name it. And, needless to say, our food supply isn't immune to these increases, either...

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security

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Cyberattack at JBS: Understanding Meat Technology

Cyberattack at JBS: Understanding Meat Technology

Did the ransomware attack on the JBS meat-processing company affect food safety and its supply chain? Many of us think that cowboys herd cattle into a warehouse and then out pops our packages of meat. But it's far more complicated than that...

Food Technology

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5 Facts about Animal Antibiotics

5 Facts about Animal Antibiotics

Should we avoid animal products at the grocery store that don’t have the “antibiotic-free” sticker? Many people think so, but this label may be more marketing than it is factual.

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Are Farmer Protests in India a Cautionary Tale for Americans?

Are Farmer Protests in India a Cautionary Tale for Americans?

India aims to provide subsidies for farm producers while maintaining artificially low food prices, but it's created an explosive situation. It's a cautionary tale for all food systems to keep policy and economics aligned. 

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security

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5 Ways Cows Can Help the Environment

5 Ways Cows Can Help the Environment

Epicurious recently announced they would no longer post recipes with beef because of cattle’s role in climate change. What they didn’t take into account is that cows can actually play a positive role in climate change!

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Why Do We Make Bad Food Choices?

Why Do We Make Bad Food Choices?

Before reading Jack Bobo's new book, I assumed I was making good choices to stay healthy. But after reading "Why Smart People Make Bad Food Choices", I questioned everything. Are social media and grocery store marketing tactics hijacking my decision-making? Apparently so...

Food Production, Health

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5 Differences Between GMO and CRISPR

5 Differences Between GMO and CRISPR

GMO and CRISPR technologies help farmers grow food with fewer pesticides, less water, and less impact on the environment. But, there are differences between the two. Do you know what they are?

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Food Site Epicurious Cuts Beef Recipes: A Short-Sighted Decision

Food Site Epicurious Cuts Beef Recipes: A Short-Sighted Decision

Epicurious.com cut its beef recipes because of its effect on global warming. They claim to be "pro-planet” with this move, but aren’t we all? Especially the ranchers and farmers proactively finding ways to further reduce methane output?

Climate Change, Soil and Crop Management

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Saving Our Soil...One Billion Microbes at a Time

Saving Our Soil...One Billion Microbes at a Time

Despite their meager size, soil microbes have a significant impact on the health of plants, animals, and our planet. Innovative microbial technologies have been found to increase soil fertility and plant health, as well as understanding our own needs and those of the Earth's.

Food Production, Food Security, Food Technology, Soil and Crop Management

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Climate-Smart Farming Paves the Way Toward Carbon Negative

Climate-Smart Farming Paves the Way Toward Carbon Negative

AgMission, a partnership among two farm-related organizations, has the goal to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint and even make farming carbon-negative. And, in the process, they might also help us find products promoting sustainability.

Climate Change, Soil and Crop Management

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Covid's Effect on New Tech in Our Food System

Covid's Effect on New Tech in Our Food System

Innovations in e-grocery services have made our lives easier, safer, and more efficient, but have also permanently impacted our food supply chains. How can these emerging technologies help transform our new food system?

Food Production, Food Technology, Food Trade

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5 Things to Know About AquAdvantage Salmon

5 Things to Know About AquAdvantage Salmon

AquAdvantage Salmon, created by AquaBounty, is the first genetically-modified salmon approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here is what we need to know about this GM salmon.

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What Do the Suez Canal and Covid Have in Common?

What Do the Suez Canal and Covid Have in Common?

More than you'd think. The blockage may be over, but the after-effects will linger. As we saw during Covid, significant disruption to the global supply chain extends all the way to consumers. So what should we prepare for? 

Food Trade

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EWG's “Dirty” Little Secret: There’s No Science Behind It

EWG's “Dirty” Little Secret: There’s No Science Behind It

Lucy Stitzer, D2D's founder, believes we should have a choice on whether to buy organic or conventional produce - but wants science to drive the decision, not fear...

Food Safety, Health

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Don’t Look Now, But They’re Gaining on Us

Don’t Look Now, But They’re Gaining on Us

U.S. ag is one of the most productive, efficient, and well-developed systems on the planet. But Brazil and Argentina have quickly and impressively developed complex global food & ag systems. What does this mean for us?

Food Production, Food Trade

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5 Ag Priorities of the Biden Administration

5 Ag Priorities of the Biden Administration

With a new administration in office, we should expect to see a different set of priorities for food and agriculture. What should consumers and farmers anticipate going forward? Here are 5 things we found.

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What is the Biden Era Agricultural Agenda?

What is the Biden Era Agricultural Agenda?

Congress and the new Biden Administration are targeting social issues and climate change, but Covid, the farm economy, and trade relations with China must remain front and center. With all of these critical issues in the balance, what ag policy changes can we expect?

Climate Change, Food Regulations and Policy

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Blue Zones: Long & Healthy Living

Blue Zones: Long & Healthy Living

We all want to live long, healthy, happy lives…but how? “Blue Zones” are regions where populations live longer and healthier than the rest of the world. So what can we learn from them to improve our health?

Food Regulations and Policy, Health

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5 Benefits of GMOs

5 Benefits of GMOs

GMOs are one of the most controversial topics in mainstream culture, even though they are proven to have many benefits for our farmers, consumers, and the environment.

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Transparency in the Produce Aisle

Transparency in the Produce Aisle

Few technologies can transform the relationship between growers and consumers like the promise of transparency. And with Covid, many of us demand even greater food safety assurances. How are growers, distributors, processors, and grocery stores implementing transparency along the way?

Food Safety, Food Technology

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Will New Wheat and Barley Genomes Help Feed the World?

Will New Wheat and Barley Genomes Help Feed the World?

Scientists have discovered a new genetic variation in both barley and wheat through genetic sequencing. This global effort to breed higher-yielding crops can help feed a growing population.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production, Future of Food

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Meeting Demand: A New Type of Salmon

Meeting Demand: A New Type of Salmon

There's a new breed of salmon that requires less food and water, takes less time to grow, and supports the rural American economy all while having the same health benefits as farmed or wild-caught salmon. Will you buy it?

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy

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Behind the Scenes with a Local Beef Farmer

Behind the Scenes with a Local Beef Farmer

Dave and Holly Albert, owners of Misty Mountain Farms, raise cattle for their local Pennsylvanian market. Their operation runs on a strong value system, adherence to conservation, continued profitability, and consumer relationships.

Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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5 Considerations for Your Thanksgiving Turkey

5 Considerations for Your Thanksgiving Turkey

When Covid swept through our nation, there were periods of time where we couldn’t always find red meat, milk, and toilet paper. With Thanksgiving so close, we wanted to let you know to expect when buying your Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Food Security

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Sustainable Seafood & Healthier Oceans

Sustainable Seafood & Healthier Oceans

Did you know that every time you eat fish, it can directly impact our oceans? Wild-caught seafood is in high demand, but we can't sacrifice the health of aquatic life. So how can we make better choices for all when seafood shopping?

Food Production, Food Security

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Will We Still Have A Thanksgiving Turkey This Year?

Will We Still Have A Thanksgiving Turkey This Year?

Covid cases are on the rise again as we approach the holiday season, and we're wondering what that means for our Thanksgiving dinner....will there be enough turkeys for everyone who wants one? 

Food Production

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5 Top Issues Important to Farmers

5 Top Issues Important to Farmers

We asked hundreds of farmers and ranchers across the U.S. to tell us their thoughts on the 2020 presidential election. Here are the 5 issues they identified as most important to farmers in America.

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade

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Farmer & Rancher Election Survey Results

Farmer & Rancher Election Survey Results

D2D set out with a goal to better understand the issues affecting American farmers - their concerns, hopes, and thoughts about the next four years. Here are our results...

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade, Health, Soil and Crop Management

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Trump vs. Biden: Comparing Ag Platforms

Trump vs. Biden: Comparing Ag Platforms

Election Day is almost here. So where do Trump and Biden stand on American food and agriculture? We compare the candidates' views on the major issues affecting farmers and ranchers today.

Agricultural Labor, Conservation, Food Regulations and Policy

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Chlorinated Chicken: Public Health or Politics?

Chlorinated Chicken: Public Health or Politics?

Trade talks between the U.S. and the U.K. have centered on a food safety practice for poultry products that positions science against good food policy. So, at what point should science govern our food supply?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety, Food Trade

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How COVID Affects Global GM Crops

How COVID Affects Global GM Crops

COVID-19 has ramped up vaccine production using genetic modification technologies, but ag has seen the opposite effect on GM approval for crops. And no one's been hit harder than farmers in developing countries where significant progress came to a screeching halt.

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security

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Around the World at My Local Restaurant

Around the World at My Local Restaurant

Whoa - I traveled much farther than down the block for this delicious meal...

Food Trade

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Learning to live with - or without - Ethanol *Click for poll results!*

Learning to live with - or without - Ethanol *Click for poll results!*

What is ethanol, and why is it such a big deal? And should we act to preserve an established program important to farmers, rural America and environmentalists, or look for other ways that make better economic sense?

Food Regulations and Policy

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Making the Case for Sustainable Aquaculture

Making the Case for Sustainable Aquaculture

More than half the fish we eat comes from fish farms. But some countries' farms operate with little to no health or safety standards and zero traceability. With our rising need for fish, are we willing to pay more for high quality and transparent aquaculture production?

Agricultural Technology, Food Production, Food Safety

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5G’s Revolution: Will Ag be Ready?

5G’s Revolution: Will Ag be Ready?

5G - the new frontier in technology. For ag, 5G will result in a smarter, more efficient, and more transparent supply chain. So what are some of the technologies that will benefit? And will the broadband infrastructure in rural farmland areas be ready for the leap?

Agricultural Technology, Food Technology, Soil and Crop Management

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How to Lend Your Support During COVID

How to Lend Your Support During COVID

Looking for meaningful ways to help those affected by the pandemic? Check out our curated list of relief funds and volunteer programs, as well as small gestures while you shop, dine, and post on social media that go a surprisingly long way.

Food Security

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China Assumes Central Role in Global Trade Picture

China Assumes Central Role in Global Trade Picture

With the U.S.-China relationship fraught with geopolitical issues, how will our supply-demand connection affect food security?

Food Trade

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FarmLink: Connecting Food Waste to Food Security

FarmLink: Connecting Food Waste to Food Security

FarmLink, a student-run organization connecting food banks to food producers, is stepping in to manage food waste spawning from COVID to provide fresh food to those who need it most.

Food Security

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The Future of Food Packaging

The Future of Food Packaging

Trends like eliminating plastic straws feel like a big leap in bettering our world, but to be effective, we need to address the bigger picture of packaging. So, how do we continue to find compelling ways to protect our environment, eliminate food waste, and effectively package our food?

Food Production, Future of Food

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Combating Desertification & Land Degradation

Combating Desertification & Land Degradation

On June 17th of each year, people concerned about the scourge of desertification, land degradation, and drought work to raise awareness and promote solutions to these important issues. Think this day may not pertain to you? Think again...

Climate Change, Soil and Crop Management

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Demanding Equality: Women Farmers in Africa

Demanding Equality: Women Farmers in Africa

These women farmers in Africa not only challenge the status quo, but have dramatically improved their local economies...and beyond.

Agricultural Labor, Food Security, Soil and Crop Management

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Dairy: An Industry in Quiet Turmoil

Dairy: An Industry in Quiet Turmoil

Dairy has been hit hard recently, but the truth is that the U.S. dairy sector has had problems long before COVID. The pandemic has only made things worse. A lot worse...

Food Production

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Why produce aisles look so barren right now…

Why produce aisles look so barren right now…

We see the lack of fresh fruits and veggies in our supermarkets, but we hear on the news about produce wasting away in the fields. How is this happening? And will it get better?

Food Production, Food Security

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The Meat Industry & Shifting Consumer Behavior

The Meat Industry & Shifting Consumer Behavior

With fluctuating meat prices affecting consumer demand, will we have enough meat to feed our families? And at prices we can afford?

Food Production, Food Security

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Where is our Food?!

Where is our Food?!

It’s enough to make anyone concerned. Maybe even a bit worried. What is happening to our food supply during the pandemic?

Food Production, Food Security

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What's happening at our local grocers during COVID-19?

What's happening at our local grocers during COVID-19?

We have a bunch of questions about changes in product demand, managing supplier channels, and maintaining employee safety during this fragile time. So we turned to a local Midwest grocer for their insights...

Food Production, Food Safety

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Bettering Farms in Zimbabwe...and Beyond

Bettering Farms in Zimbabwe...and Beyond

Nyasha Mudukuti of Cornell's Alliance for Science reveals the challenges facing her family's farm in Zimbabwe, and how her plight to save African smallholder farms hangs on educating farmers about ag biotechnology.

Agricultural Technology, Food Security

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Dirty Tactics from EWG’s Dirty Dozen

Dirty Tactics from EWG’s Dirty Dozen

EWG recently released its annual “Dirty Dozen” produce list, which stokes fears of eating produce with pesticide residues...as if we don't already have enough to fear with COVID. But is EWG right? Or do the benefits of eating produce to maintain our health far outweigh these concerns?

Food Safety, Health, Soil and Crop Management

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A Virtual Happy Hour with Vegan Wine

A Virtual Happy Hour with Vegan Wine

With social distancing, we're not at the mercy of a small wine list at a local pub. So should we start our virtual happy hour with something vegan? But aren't grapes an inherently vegan product? Animal products have a role in wine production, and vegan consumers should be aware.

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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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 global 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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D2D in the Kitchen: Prepping a Clean Turkey

D2D in the Kitchen: Prepping a Clean Turkey

It's that wonderful time of year again! D2D found the best tips to properly clean, prepare, and cook your turkey for a delicious and safe Thanksgiving meal. Gobble gobble!

Food Safety

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Milk: From Cow to Carton

Milk: From Cow to Carton

The journey of milk -- from a dairy farm to a processing plant to your grocery store.

Diet, Food Production, Health

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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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