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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 29, 2014

Big Breweries Move Into Small Beer Town — And Business Is Hopping

By Alastair Bland

John Stuart (left) of Green Man Brewery grabs a Tater Ridge mash sample from Sierra Nevada's Scott Jennings (center) at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, N.C.

With more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville, N.C., has become a sort of Napa Valley of beer. And at the third annual Asheville Beer Week this week, this tight-knit beer community is strutting its stuff with tastings of barrel-aged sour beers and fermented Chinese tea saisons, and chocolate truffle and beer pairings.

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CU-CitizenAccess - Illinois Public Media News - May 02, 2014

Yellow Placards Go Missing In First Six Months Of Restaurant Inspection System

CU-CitizenAccess is an online community news site based at the University of Illinois.

By Claire Everett

Mandarin Wok's satisfactory compliance placard, 403 1/2 E. Green St., Champaign on Friday, April 25. The restaurant failed its health inspection on March 24 with an adjusted score of 24 and four critical violations but was allowed to correct eno

Nearly two dozen restaurants in Champaign-Urbana have failed health inspections during the past three months. But most customers would not know that, despite new requirements that restaurants post results of their inspections.

Categories: Business, Community, Food, Health



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

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