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How do I know if I am Gluten Intolerant?

You’ll recall our last blog post about what that pesky protein that’s got everyone all up in a bother about? As the latest diet fads continue to bombard us through the media, we wanted to address the symptoms of gluten intolerance that manifest in those who actually might suffer from …

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Drought, fire, and now healing in a California farm community

Many Californians may barely remember the Butte Fire, which hit the Gold Country foothills last September. But people in Calaveras County do. “I watched this all happen from my deck,” says farmer and beekeeper Sean Kriletich, who put out spot fires on his land and prepared for evacuation. “I didn’t sleep …

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Dirt First

Rick Haney, gangly and garrulous, paces in front of a congregation of government conservationists, working the room for laughs before he gets to the hard data. The U.S. Department of Agriculture soil scientist points to an aerial photograph of research plots outside his facility in Temple, Texas. “Our drones took this …

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This is how the government decides what you eat

Portraits of lawmakers in dark suits peered down from the walls as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Heath and Human Services, sat inside a congressional hearing room last October. From behind microphones, they braced for an onslaught of questions. Cameras clicked, papers shuffled, heavy …

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Can livestock restore drought-stricken grasslands?

Sianyanga is a small community far from any paved road in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe’s poorest province. The village, part of the Hwange Communal Lands, comprises about 150 households — one household being six or seven family members living in a group of small, thatched huts. From the 1990s until about 2010, along …

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