Food and Farming

A Prescription for Better Health

A Prescription for Better Health

Here's a typical scene in any American checkup: The doctor walks in to find the patient sitting on the table. "Well, your cholesterol is too high," the doctor tells the patient. "I can prescribe something for it, but the real solution will be diet and exercise." The...

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A Free Fruit-for-All

A Free Fruit-for-All

I got back from the airport just in time for the last half hour of Cider Fest, one of the Bloomington Community Orchard's large public events. This publicly owned and volunteer-run organic orchard occupies a single acre. Entering its fifth year, it has become an...

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The Real Public Health Threat

The Real Public Health Threat

As airlines, cruise ships, and hospitals cope with waves of Ebola jitters, I'm wondering whether the panic the deadly virus is inducing will distort Halloween traditions this year. No, I'm not talking about Ebola-related costumes. There are real precautions we must...

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Paying for Cheap Chocolate

Paying for Cheap Chocolate

One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they'd just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted tours. We'd run out of candy when a stream of...

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Walk Softly and Carry a Big Beer

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Beer

OK, that's it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. The avarice of corporate power is getting personal. I'm talking about beer, the nourishing nectar of a civilized society. Since my teen years, I've done extensive consumer research on the brewer's art, from the full array of ales...

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We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

Once the human race stopped throwing spears and gathering berries, our bodies suffered. Planting seeds and harvesting produce made leisure possible, but it also meant we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked. An alien visiting from another...

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Hooked on Apples

Hooked on Apples

When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What's the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges? Right now, many of us can go for the low hanging-fruit in a very literal way: by visiting...

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The Nouveau Sodbusters

The Nouveau Sodbusters

We know from the childhood song that Old MacDonald had a farm. But e-i-e-i-o — look who's got his farm now. It's outfits like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These aren't dirt farmers wearing overalls and muddy boots. They're Wall Street hucksters...

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