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Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It's On The Job

An estimated 278 people in multiple states have been sickened by an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken. Despite stories suggesting otherwise, USDA says its work on the outbreak hasn't been hampered by the federal government shutdown. CDC is calling back about 30 furloughed staffers to help with its response.

Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine

Los Angeles chef Roy Choi helped launch the food truck movement. Now he wants to blend high and low cuisine to combat food deserts. He's challenging the tyranny of junk food in the inner cities, and is pushing other chefs to think about how they can contribute to food justice in their communities.

D.C. Bars And Restaurants Feel Shutdown Squeeze

D.C. bars and restaurants are getting nervous about just how long their customers will be furloughed — and how it might dent their bottom line.

Sandwich Monday: The Limited Edition Candy Corn Oreo

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new take on the classic sandwich cookie: the Limited Edition Candy Corn Oreo.

Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

The majority of the nation's pears grow in the Pacific Northwest, and this year's harvest is predicted to be one of the largest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries: not enough workers to pick the fruit.

Fairfax Schools Pull All-Beef Burgers From Menu, Citing Complaints

Students in a Virginia school system are now eating hamburgers with additives in them, after officials heeded their complaints about the appearance and taste of all-beef burgers it had been serving. The burgers that are now being served include a reported 26 ingredients.


That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico

Green chile burritos, green chile chicken enchiladas, green chile stew with pork, green chile on a burger: If it has green chile, you're in New Mexico.

Pirate Joe's Celebrates Dismissal Of Trader Joe's Lawsuit

Pirate Joe's, the Vancouver store that sells Trader Joe's products in Canada, has won a battle in its legal fight against the supermarket chain. A U.S. district court judge dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit this week.
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The Economics Of Artisanal Food Production

Local artisan food producers face a number of challenges that can make it hard just to break even, from finding commercial kitchen space to balancing the high costs of quality ingredients. Kojo talks with local producers and businesses about how one crafts a business model around a tasty idea.


Of Goats And Gardens: Making Sense Of Urban Agriculture In LA

Urban agriculture abounds in Los Angeles county but few people could see the big picture of what was actually happening around them. So university students set out to create a baseline of data in the country's most populous county to help urban planners, regulators and agricultural pioneers make sense of it all.