Food & Farm News
» May 22, 2013 «
From stolen copper wiring to walnuts, farmers and other rural residents hope legislation intended to curb rural crime will succeed. Thieves target metal commonly used on farms in irrigation pumps, pipes and more. Legislation aimed at slowing the thefts will be discussed in Sacramento this week. Another trend involves schemes where thieves disguise themselves as trucking company employees and then steal entire truckloads of crops such as almonds or walnuts.
Encouraging kids to eat healthier and have access to more fresh fruits and vegetables, farmers and people in the produce business have donated dozens of salad bars to schools in California. Organizers say they plan to expand the number of schools into the hundreds to support the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools program. In addition, growers have created nutrition materials to help families make healthier decisions at mealtime.
California farmers produced 508,000 bales of upland cotton in 2012, enough to make more than 165 million pairs of jeans. The crop was about 10 percent smaller than the year before, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department, but the amount of cotton grown per acre set a record. Upland cotton is the most commonly grown type in the U.S., although in California more farmers grow the extra-long pima cotton.
You're invited into the White House kitchen, via video, where two chefs demonstrate how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can incorporate healthy ingredients and habits into traditional dishes. The video, available on YouTube, describes how people from Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds can easily adapt the dietary guidelines from the USDA to apply to culturally important meals.Top