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Step away from the spatula

Aug 18, 2010
Large food recalls due to e.coli, salmonella or other bacteria seem to happen every few months. But actually, food recalls happen as often as once a week.
Posted In: Agriculture

Big mining wants a part of big fertilizer

Aug 18, 2010
Europe correspondent Stephen Beard talks with Bill Radke about why BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, is making a hostile bid for Potash Corporation, the world's biggest fertilizer producer.
Posted In: Agriculture

Fertilizer will be big business

Aug 17, 2010
An Australian company offered billions to buy the largest producer of potash in the world -- a deal that the Canadian company declined. Why fertilizer? With growing middle classes in populous countries like India and China, fertilizer to grow all the food in those countries will soon be big business.
Posted In: Agriculture

Wheat prices jumped 50%, but traders and politicians staying calm

Aug 16, 2010
The price for wheat per ton nearly doubled, due to drought in many of the wheat-producing parts of the world, but economists and analysts don't expect a worldwide panic.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food

Russian wheat ban raises price fears

Aug 16, 2010
Russian farmers can no longer sell their wheat outside of Russia because of a brutal heatwave and devastating wildfires there. The export limits have raised fears that global food prices may skyrocket as a result.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food

A new beginning for meatpacking plant

Aug 12, 2010
In 2008, federal agents walked into a kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa and walked out with almost 400 people. At the time it was the biggest immigration raid in U.S. history. For the tiny town of Postville and its main employer, it was devastating. Now, the plant is trying to get back on its feet. Jeff Horwich reports.
Posted In: Agriculture, Immigration

NYC community gardens threatened by commercial development

Aug 10, 2010
Urban gardeners in New York City are protesting proposed rules that would allow currently banned commercial development of city-owned community gardens.
Posted In: Agriculture

Crop Mobs build community on the farm

Aug 6, 2010
There's a movement afoot for the landless to help out on sustainable and community farms -- not for money, but not for free either. The model of this movement is based on an age old economic model: the barter system. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Agriculture

Stockpiles, U.S. farmers might pick up wheat slack

Aug 6, 2010
The surging price of wheat has raised fears that other grain-growing countries might begin hoarding their own supplies. But the U.S. might also be able to help with the shortage.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food

What's making farmers markets grow?

Aug 4, 2010
The USDA says the number of farmers' markets shot up 16% in the last year. Why? Adriene Hill reports.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food

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