Floridians love Publix: the friendly staff, the bakery, the subs (seriously, the subs). To many of us, the grocery chain is one of the greatest things to have ever been exported from the state. The store "Where shopping is a pleasure," however, is not such a pleasure to supply. For more than a dec ... More >>
In Colombia, there is an export grown that is prized the world over for its quality and energizing properties. That crop is, of course, coffee. Coffee has been thought to have been grown in the mountainous South American country since the early 1700s, when Jesuits brought coffee seeds with them. Th ... More >>
Bolthouse Farms' latest marketing endeavor isn't a billboard, a Facebook campaign, or a TV commercial. It's a living, breathing entity that makes its home right here in Miami. A living wall, to be exact. The company behind the new growth is a conglomeration of carrot farmers. They make juices, smoo ... More >>
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation want to be able to use aspartame without having to include it on product labels, as is currently required by law. The FDA has been ignoring the petition, which was filed in 2009. Until now. The agency is co ... More >>
Since before Jaws used the Jersey shore as an all-you-can-eat buffet, sharks have held a reputation as the monsters of the sea. But no matter how intimidating they appear, the water-bound predators still fall below humans on the food chain. In fact, shark meat is legally sold at certain retailers, ... More >>
Wikimedia CCPublix seafood practices score a failing grade of 2.7 out of 10, according to the environmental group Greenpeace. A study by the organization's Carting Away the Oceans project (CATO) analyzed major grocers such as Target, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Winn-Dixie. Publix landed at 19 among th ... More >>
via Flickr CCSustain Restaurant Bar has developed a brand synonymous with greener eating. Deconstructed branches line its walls and lamps in natural shapes light up its vast open space, all contributing to a signature earthy feel. The menu lists ingredients with sources and location, and the resta ... More >>
Farm workers will protest Publix on International Human Rights DayThe Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) are planning to picket the newly opened Publix on KIllian Parkway and SW 104th Street on December 11th, International Human Rights Day.The protesters, comprised of dozens of farm workers fro ... More >>
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has a long history of being controversial. Their polarizing anti-meat, anti-research, and anti-fur campaigns can be harsh, in-your-face, and brilliant. And there's no better time for PETA to activate its campaign machine than during Than ... More >>
Florida beekeeper David RukinThere's a perception in the vegan/vegetarian community that beekeepers are perpetrators of animal abuse. They mishandle bees, stealing from them and working them into the ground by harvesting their hard-earned product. David Rukin, one of Florida's most prolific beeke ... More >>
Creative Commons: North Carolina State UniversityThis weekend, the Second Annual International Watermelon Conference rolls into town at The Eden Roc Resort & Spa, and the roster reads like one big juicy party! While it's billed as a summit focusing on "the challenges and opportunities f ... More >>
November is national peanut butter lover's month. Even with peanut allergies on the rise, peanut butter is found in about 75 percent of all American homes.This American pantry staple dates back to the Incas who created a paste-like substance from peanuts. The first American commercial peanut crop ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Pacific Tomato Growers, one of the biggest U.S. tomato firms, has agreed to pass on a penny per pound surcharge to workers.McDonald's and others had offered to pay the charge after federal authorities compared the lot of Central American workers in tomato ... More >>
Lee KleinPhoto of last year's presumably inferior cropThe Florida Tomato Committee is touting the upcoming crop as "the best tasting in years". The marketing organization for tomato growers estimates that 80 percent of the winter crop was wiped out this past year. To date this season, Florida tom ... More >>
ABC News Nightline aired an exposé on the dairy industry last night that should outrage any human being with feelings. "Got Milk? Got Ethics? Animal Rights v. U.S. Dairy Industry," written by Brian Ross and Anna Schecter, included a video made inside a huge New York farm, Willet Dairy, milk from wh ... More >>
via http://www.flickr.com/photos/88158121@N00/ / CC BY 2.0Red Snapper on ice at boat dock.The Federales have deemed the Atlantic coast's red snapper population overfished.January 4, regulations went in place to outlaw angling for them.The government says that red snapper populations are at 3 perc ... More >>
via wikimediaCooked milk, get your cooked milk.Whole Foods Market has officially dropped raw milk from its shelves in Florida.Raw Milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Pasteurization is a heating process meant to kill bacteria, and homogenization is the process of making the ... More >>
Sign on bakery window: Cake 66 cents; upside-down cake 99 cents.Diner: Waiter, do you have any lobster tails?Waiter: Certainly, sir. Once upon a time there was a little lobster...Sign at dairy farm: You can whip our cream, but you can't beat our milk.One thing is for certain about organic farms: The ... More >>
image via ciw-online.org The Coalition Of Immokalee Workers, a Florida farmworkers union known for taking on the "big 4" fast food giants, winning, and garnering higher wages because of it, has just marked another milestone. Two Florida farms that specialize in growing and selling or ... More >>
If you happen to wander by the Capitol on your daily stroll around Tallahassee today, yes, that is in fact a truck full of farm workers being beaten into unpaid slave labor right on the steps of the Florida Legislature.A few months after the latest slavery bust in Immokalee -- where the despicable N ... More >>
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Chef Allen Talks Sustainable Fish from Miami New Times on Vimeo.Chef Allen Susser, owner of Chef Allen's restaurant in Aventura and the innovator of New World cuisine, talks about the importance of sustainable fish to our local economy, environment, and his restaurant's menu. Learn more at ChefAllen ... More >>
A Chinese pathogen has the citrus industry talking apocalypse.
CENTRAL FLORIDA: More Citrus Growers Make the Switch to Organic From Florida Trend: Matt McLean, founder and chief executive of Uncle Matt's Fresh, the organic-produce side of Uncle Matt's Organic citrus-juice business in Lake County, said Wednesday the number of organic growers and the amount o ... More >>
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