Discovery Networks will feature farmer/rancher videos

Real farmers and ranchers will be telling their stories in the weeks ahead to help Americans learn more about how food is grown and raised. The effort includes documentary-style videos that will begin airing across the Discovery Communications’ networks. FULL STORY »

USDA: 'Locally grown' food a $4.8 billion business

Carolyn Anderson likes to chat up the growers at her local farmers market in Missouri, at times hanging out behind the beds of pickup trucks brimming with ears of corn. FULL STORY »

Smaller corn harvest could keep food prices high

The government slightly reduced its estimate for next year's corn supply, a move that could keep food prices high for most consumers. FULL STORY »

Government considers front-of-package label changes

Government regulatory agencies want labels that help consumers make healthy choices. Food manufacturers want to help consumers be healthy, but many have set up systems using their own criteria for what is healthy. FULL STORY »

Ohio drops dairy product labeling rules

Yesterday, the state of Ohio agreed to drop its regulations for dairy product labels that several groups say exceeded federal guidelines for absence claims. FULL STORY »

Antibiotics are only one tool

At the NIAA's Antibiotic Use in Food Animals conference Ron Phillips of the Animal Health Institute said consumers are confused and concerned about antibiotics used on the farm. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Make mine locust—medium rare

Insects as a steak substitute? That notion’s been bandied about by eco-activists and fringe scientists for years. Now, it’s being tied to the ‘meat-is-bad-for-the-environment’ argument. FULL STORY »

Tune in to the Food Day conversation

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has launched a campaign called “Food Day,” slated for Oct. 24. The organization says that Food Day is a nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food. FULL STORY »

Raw milk tops list of foods to avoid

A story posted on CNN.com on earlier this week named raw milk, along with raw sprouts and raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico, as three foods so risky that you should avoid them altogether. Fans of raw milk are sure to be upset, and indeed, reader comments at the end of the story offer plenty of ire toward “big business” and “big government” that are trying to ruin the public’s right to choose. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The original locavores

As hunting season begins, a new angle on the pursuit of wild game may prove to be one of the most potent ways for advocates to gain support for an endangered pastime. FULL STORY »

Specialty butter products may be a dairy opportunity

The pure, natural image of butter offers appeal to a growing segment of consumers. There is an opportunity to capitalize on this consumer preference as butter moves away from being the dietary villain it was once perceived to be, says Brenda Reau, Michigan State University extension product development educator. “If consumer trends continue in this direction there may be additional market opportunities for dairy producers and processors.” FULL STORY »

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