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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 19, 2014

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

By Dan Charles

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(Duration: 3:43)

Wal-Mart is promising to drive down the prices of organic food by bringing in a new company, WildOats, to deliver a whole range of additional products.

It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is promising to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's shelves right now.

Categories: Business, Food


Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - April 14, 2014

Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Peter Gray

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(Duration: 4:06)

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food in urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food, Health



Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - March 04, 2014

Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link For Amish Farmers

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Peter Gray

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(Duration: 3:07)

Michael Doherty with the Illinois Farm Bureau, left, speaks with a group of Amish farmers at a recent food hub education meeting. Standing next to him is organizer Dave Bishop.

Lacking the infrastructure of traditional suppliers, many local farms that want to connect to restaurants, schools and other big buyers are using the Internet to reach customers.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food



NPR - Illinois Public Media News - February 04, 2014

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

By Dan Charles

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(Duration: 7:47)

Allen Williams grows corn and soybeans for Clarkson Grain, which has been selling GMO-free grain to Japan for years.

Quite possibly, you've noticed some new food labels out there, like "Not made with genetically modified ingredients" or "GMO-free." You might have seen them on boxes of Cheerios, or on chicken meat. If you've shopped at Whole Foods, that retailer says it now sells more than 3,000 products that have been certified as "non-GMO."

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

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