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Amy Halloran lives on six city lots in upstate New York with her husband and sons. She writes for regional and national outlets about the changing food landscape, and records dispatches from her family's gardening, cooking and chicken raising enterprises on her blog, amyhalloran.com. Along with photojournalist Ellie Markovitch, she launched Storycooking.com, a home for food based digital storytelling.

“Well, I’m the king of roadkill,” laughed Paul Opel, a music instructor at Green Mountain College in Vermont.  “I don’t hunt at all but I love wild food so I’m always really happy to get it.”

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Opel has been discovering this kind of road food for over 30 years.  The habit began when he was …

Interest in vegetable gardening is growing, thanks in part to rising food costs, ecological concerns and incidents of foodborne illness related to produce.

Just how many backyards are becoming food gardens is hard to enumerate, but the American Community Gardening Association estimates there are now more than 18,000 community gardens in the United States and …

Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were first discovered in Hudson River fish in 1975.  General Electric had used the chemical mixtures in manufacturing capacitors at two upstate factories, and discharged approximately 1.1 million pounds of PCBs into the Hudson from 1947-1977.

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Contamination of the Hudson by these persistent, possibly carcinogenic compounds created the largest superfund site…

Following the lead of Sedgwick, Maine to exempt itself from state and federal food safety regulations, three other towns in Hancock County are now poised to adopt similar “food sovereignty” measures. 

Titled “The Ordinance to Protect the Health and Integrity of the Local Food System,” Sedgwick’s four-page document invokes the town’s right to self-governance, and …

A veteran soil scientist wrote a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warning of what he says is a newly identified pathogen linked to the herbicide Roundup that might be implicated in livestock fertility problems, as well as diseased corn and soybean crops. 

Don Huber, plant pathologist and a professor emeritus from Purdue University, …

Supporters of small family farms and locally grown food in Oregon are backing three bills–the Farm Direct Bill, the Family Farm Act, and HB 2872–that address poultry processing.  (The matter is also covered in the omnibus Family Farm Act, HB 2222, which seeks to expand limits on raw milk production, among other provisions.)

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“In Oregon…

The recent confirmation of Nirav R. Shah, M.D., and M.P.H. as the Commissioner of Health in New York State is a landmark, placing the youngest person ever, and the first Indian-American, in the post.

  

The 38 year-old Buffalo, New York-born doctor is an acknowledged leader in health care as the field retools itself. The …

The winter conference for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) included a workshop on food safety.  Held over the weekend in Saratoga Springs, the 29th annual event was larger than any previous, with registered attendance over 900, and walk-ins anticipated to bring the number well over a thousand.   

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The two-day food …