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Agriculture Sector

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    SE Missouri Is Hardest-Hit By Drought, Yet Will Most Likely Produce Bumper Corn Crop

    Southeast Missouri has been wracked by severe category of drought for much of the summer -- just last week the U.S. Drought Monitor report showed that the entire southeastern corner of the state qualified for D4 status, the most exceptional category of drought. On Friday, the USDA forecast that corn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    USDA Forecasts Steep Drop in Corn and Soybean Crops

    While we're finally getting a break from the summer heat, don't expect any farmers in the Midwest to jump for joy. Crops have been devastated by the drought, and the United States Department of Agriculture's latest production forecast reflects the damage.Corn production is projected to be down 13 pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    FDA Warns on Korean Shellfish

    The FDA has removed shellfish from Korea -- the official press release says Korea, not South Korea, in case you were wondering -- from its Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (or the ICSSL, as all the cool kids call it). Though noting that Korean molluscan shellfish "represents only a sma ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Missouri House Passes "Ag Gag" Bill Designed to Stop Factory-Farm Investigations

    The Missouri House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill designed to thwart undercover investigations into big agriculture. The legislation (HB 1860) mirrors a similar bill signed into law this year in Iowa and creates the crime of "Agricultural Production Facility Fraud" for anyone who obtains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Ralph Linder: St. Louis Christmas Tree Farmer

    Julia GabbertRalph Lindner puts it in park at his O'Fallon Christmas tree farm.​Ralph Lindner passes the small lake on his property as the sun starts to descend behind the hills lined with conifers. Lindner, 73, has trouble walking far. Instead, he's utilizing his "wheelchair" -- a red Snapper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Salmonella Outbreak Brings Down Egg Mogul

    ​Yesterday, Gut Check related news of one disgraced egg supplier, Sparboe Farms. An activist group covertly videotaped Sparboe employees mistreating and even killing chickens under their care. McDonald's and Target have since dumped Sparboe as a supplier.Today, we return to 2010's disgraced egg su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Try the Pumpkin Harvest Cupcake at the Cup

    We love pumpkins! We just want to carve 'em, roast their seeds and then bake the guts into all kinds of awesome. So, this autumn, we're on a quest for the tastiest local pumpkin goodies, before the fleeting flavor is gone. Do you have a favorite local seasonal pumpkin food? E-mail tips@riverfronttim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Cost of Peanut Butter Set to Rocket

    ​Whether you like your peanut butter smooth or creamy, organic or conventional, Skippy or Jif or Peter Pan, you're about to pay a lot more for it.According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal, the wholesale cost of peanut butter will rise anywhere from 24%-40% next month. Since last year, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    St. Louis Area and Northeast U.S. Face Pumpkin Shortages

    Image viaWe're bummin' too, Mr. Pumpkin.​This summer's freaky weather -- floods to droughts and the scorching heat -- has done a number on the local pumpkin harvest. Last night FOX 2 reported that the St. Louis area's pumpkin crops are smaller this year, both in crop and fruit size. Harvest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Terrifying Tuna Mascots Give a Little Insight Into Fish Industry Problems

    Remember back in the 1980s, when people got worked up because tuna fishing was killing dolphins? The industry eventually changed, and consumers could return to their Starkist and Chicken of the Sea assured that the only thing that died for their tuna salad was the tuna. Ah, but apparently all is n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Three Washington Strawberry Farms Busted for Child Labor Violations

    Wikimedia CommonsStrawberries tended by a person of legal working age. ​E. coli isn't the only problem plaguing strawberry farms in the Pacific Northwest. Last week three Washington State strawberry farms were fined for employing children as young as six years old to work in their fields. Be ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 11, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    [UPDATED] Pilgrim's Pride Recalls Over 11,000 Pounds of Cooked Chicken

    Pilgrim's PrideThe pilgrims aren't too proud, thanks to listeria fears. ​Yesterday we reported that there was a recall on 204 pounds of precooked chicken in Starbucks new Bistro Boxes for possible listeria contamination. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Or the beak of the bird. Yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Free Screening of Truck Farm Tonight at The Bottleworks

    Holly FannBrian DeSmet and his farm on wheels​ Gut Check was disappointed earlier this spring when we found out that the downtown farmers' market was cancelled for the year. Having a famers' market inside city limits in an urban setting is pretty sweet and a great educational opportunity as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Missouri Families Win Lawsuit vs. Neighbors: 200,000 Hogs, Tons of Fly-Covered Pig Poop

    Who wouldn't want a few hundred thousand of these as neighbors? ​A corporate hog producer was ordered Friday to pay a total of $1.95 million to twelve families in southwestern Missouri who complained that odors and flies from the company's pig farm ruined their properties and way of life.According ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Neighbors of Corporate Hog Farms Never Win

    Today's comment comes in response to a post about a dozen families from southwestern Missouri who recently won a $1.95 million judgment against a corporate hog farm in their county. The families -- who asked for $1 million a piece -- claimed that odors and flies from the nearby hog farm had ruined t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Urban Chestnut Brewing Welcomes Bavarian Hop Farmers, Hallertau Hop Queen, for HopfenFest

    image viaCan you spot the reigning Hopfenkönigin? That's her in the middle, Christina Thalmaier!​Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143) isn't letting its youth stop it from belly-flopping into St. Louis' vat full o' beer festivals. On Sunday, March 27, the fledg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Smithfield Pork Exposed by Humane Society, Boycotted by Bittman

    Paula Deen may love Smithfield Foods pork products, but Mark Bittman's not a fan. Neither is the Humane Society of America, who released a report on inhumane conditions at Smithfield's large pig farms. Bittman took to his website yesterday to call for a boycott, and issued a plea to stop supporting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Giant Organic Egg Farms Come Under Fire

    Not all organic eggs are created equal. Mother Jones looks at organic factory egg farms, which have been investigated by the Cornucopia Institute, an organic foods advocacy group. They've filed a complaint against farms for violating organic standards, and exposes the eleven major organic egg produc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Lagging Floral Industry Leads to Farming Innovations

    What to do with all those vacant greenhouses? A California man turns them into aquaponic farms. The San Jose Mercury News talks to Chris Newman, who's taking spaces vacated by bankrupt nurseries and using them for aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). Tennis won't b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Atlantic Swordfish Lovers Rejoice! NOAA Says the Fish Can Return to the Plate

    It's not a good time for seafood lovers, what with the Gulf of Mexico filling with bubbling crude, mercury- and bacteria-riddled marine life, and tuna populations being demolished by sashimi-crazed masses. But there is some good news. Last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.11

    USDA hold poultry to a higher standard. Business Week reports, "The new standards, which outline best practices for averting poisonings, lower the allowable percentage of positive tests for pathogens in birds processed by poultry companies such as Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride Corp. They are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.11

    USDA will hold poultry to a higher standard. Business Week reports, "The new standards, which outline best practices for averting poisonings, lower the allowable percentage of positive tests for pathogens in birds processed by poultry companies such as Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride Corp. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.30

    As the oil from last week's rig explosion creeps closer to the Louisiana coast, New Orleans restaurants are becoming concerned about the fate of their local seafood, especially on the verge of oyster reproduction season. The Chicago Tribune interviewed people whose livelihoods rely on Gulf oysters t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.26

    Although a $1.5 billion settlement was reached months ago for discriminated African-American farmers, the plaintiffs have yet to see the money. Roland S. Martin of CNN gives his take on the situation, and how the history of American racism has affected black farmers. The food safety bill's still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    The USDA's Long-Awaited Organic Pasture Access Rule: Only Two Months to Go!

    image credit​Beginning in June, cattle across America will get a breath of fresh air. Last month the United States Department of Agriculture quietly issued a press release announcing that it had completed the five-year process of retooling the rules governing organic livestock practices. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.29

    ​ 2009: when food became a part of youth culture. (Los Angeles Times)Poultry company Pilgrim's Pride out of bankruptcy protection under Brazillian beef company's partial ownership. (ABC News)Alton, Illinois, elementary school boosting classroom produce consumption. (Chicago Tribune)Adult-ons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Java Enabled: Is Yirgacheffe a Coffee or a Brand?

    Like Champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Ethiopia's Yirgacheffe coffee takes its name from the region where it's grown. Sweet, fruity and well-balanced Yirgacheffe has become a household name among coffee aficionados. Now, due to changes in how Ethiopia regulates its coffee market, Yirgacheff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Trail of Grease Leads Cops to Ham-Handed Hamburglars

    bnd.comAndrew SchneiderThank God for morons. Without them we wouldn't be able to share stories like this one from over in Waterloo, Illinois. Police say Tuesday night Andrew J. Schneider, 29, and Trent J. Gilliam, 35, drove a truck onto the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse and hooked it up to an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Java Enabled: Blue Mountain Blues

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.It came in a small b ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 11, 2009
  • Dining

    November 26, 2008
  • Calendar

    August 6, 2008

    Fig-get Me Not

    Love of food improves the world

  • News

    July 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.22

    Congress proposes a bill to strengthen the FDA's oversight of food safety. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Do top-tier seafood restaurants support sustainable fishing? An investigation by Charles Clover, who wrote The End of the Line, a must-read book on overfishing. (Vanity Fair) Are your plastic co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.28

    www.dpi.vic.gov.au Mark Bittman offers a concise overview of the consequences of industrial meat production and why we should all try to eat less meat. (New York Times) Speaking of the consequences of industrial meat production: Tyson has seen a dramatic decrease in earnings. The producer blames ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    The Economist on Food Costs

    The current issue of the Economist has a lengthy article on the global rise in food prices. It's well worth your time. www.economist.com Though the article ranges over a number of topics related to food costs, I'd like to focus on one particular issue: The cause. In today's Morning Brew, ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2007

    McRib Value Meal

    $5.04
    McDonald's
    4006 Lindell Boulevard

  • News

    July 25, 2007

    Buzzkill

    See all those little suckers? Did you know that they're an invasive species and a linchpin of modern agriculture? That they're dying off by the million and no one's sure why?

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007
  • News

    June 9, 2004

    Eat Me

    The only thing keeping the Japanese from buying the Midwest's finest beef is the USDA

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Onion Rings

    Outback Steak House

  • Dining

    July 24, 2002

    Fish Tale

    Like escolar? This, too, shall pass -- faster than you think

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Seafood

    Red Lobster

  • News

    June 21, 2000

    Fertile Imagination

    In the era of modern agribusiness, organic farmer Paul Krautmann faces a tough row to hoe, but his innovative natural solutions yield delicious results

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