August 01, 2013

U of I Phone App Checks For Food Safety

Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.


People calling for higher wages for fast-food workers.
(Justin Lane/EPA/Landov)
July 30, 2013

Fast-Food Strikers Demand A ‘Living Wage’

At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.


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milk cows
(Carrie Antlfinger/AP)
July 11, 2013

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

House Republicans have approved a farm bill sans food stamps, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the measure for the first time in 40 years.


Craig Rowles tends to his pigs in a barn near Carroll, Iowa.
(Dan Charles/NPR)
July 11, 2013

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

You've probably seen the labels on meat in the store: "Raised without antibiotics." They're a selling point for people who don't like how many drugs are used on chickens, turkey, hogs and beef cattle.


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