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Agriculture
10:53 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Grain Terminal Labor Dispute Could Disrupt NW Farmers

Courtesy Columbia Grain

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:13 pm

 


A possible strike or lock out at Northwest grain terminals would have a profound effect on U.S. wheat exports. 

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Environment
10:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Sierra Club Wants Coal Out Of PSE's Stocking

Puget Sound Energy owns and operates a coal-fired power plant out of Billings, Montana, that the Sierra Club calls "the dirtiest coal plant in the West." The Colstrip Plant meets EPA emission standards and PSE touts its green-energy portfolio, with plans to triple its renewable energy supply by 2020. How does coal fit into that equation? And with coal plants generating 42 percent of America's electricity, how much impact would closing one plant have? We take a look with PSE's Andy Wappler and Anne Hedges of the Montana Environmental Information Center.

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Food
12:20 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

How To Deal With Picky Thanksgiving Eaters With The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Dealing with picky eaters on Thanksgiving? Drown your tears in delicious pie.
Credit Flickr photo/ Kevin McShane

Your mom despises turkey, your uncle hates ham.  Your brother’s vegan, and your sister is allergic to pumpkin pie.  What do you do about the picky eaters (and people with dietary restrictions) at Thanksgiving?  David Hyde talks to the host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper.   

Food
12:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The Meaning Of Food

Slow Food Movement, localvore, GMO: what is the actual meaning of food?
Credit Flickr photo/ Sharon Drummond

The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik takes food very seriously. But he thinks the Slow Food Movement is too pious. Gopnik discusses his experience with extreme locavorism, the history and meaning of restaurants, and other topics The Table Comes First: Family, France, And The Meaning Of Food.

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Food Politics
8:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

From Tuna Helper To Organic Tomatoes: Behind The Scenes Of American Food Production

Author Tracie McMillan.
Credit Photo/Bart Nagel

As a kid, Tracie McMillan's favorite food was Hamburger Helper. Until she got to college, she considered people who ate "good food," snobs.  She became interested in how food and class relate in America while reporting on poverty.

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Business
6:17 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Former Hostess Workers Still Picketing Shuttered Plant

Union members Byya Soey, Shella Robbins, and Kim Laird outside the Hostess plant in Seattle. The company closed the plant for good this week, citing the ongoing strike by bakery union members.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

Striking members of a bakers’ union are still picketing a plant in Seattle that makes Hostess Twinkies and Ho Hos. That’s despite the fact the plant is now closed for good.

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Food
12:39 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Julia Harrison Sees The World Through Her Sweet Tooth

A sugar calavera, or skull, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, from PW Kerr's in Seattle.
Julia Harrison

Julia Harrison’s sweet tooth and her training as an anthropologist have led her on some delicious adventures. On her Sweet Travel blog, she writes about how candy and other sweets carry a cultural story within their recipes and history. She tells Ross what she’s learned about Washington state.

Food
10:35 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:28 pm

Northwest wild mushrooms are in short supply this year. That’s had a big impact on the region’s lucrative mushroom hunting industry. It’s also changed what’s on fall restaurant menus in the Northwest and across the nation.

At Pagliacci Pizza in Seattle this autumn customers are often coming home to their families without the coveted mushroom Primo Pizza. The Northwest’s bleak mushroom crop means sometimes the stores cut back on the number of pies, or don’t have them at all.

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Agriculture
11:08 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Labor Shortage Hits Some Apple Growers Hard

Washington apple growers have been having a hard time finding workers to pick their fruit. Photo by threefatcats via Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:49 pm

CHELAN, Wash. – The apple harvest season is starting to wrap up across the Northwest. Despite record yields, many farmers had trouble getting their time-sensitive crop off the trees because of a short labor supply.

Grower representatives at the meeting said their regions saw a 10 percent to 30 percent labor shortage this season. Several talked of nearly empty labor camps near Wenatchee and Chelan. One said he and two others had to pick a 40-acre orchard themselves despite offering $12 per hour.

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Food
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Chef Tom Douglas Talks "Sweetness In Seattle"

Chef Tom Douglas
(Photo courtesy Tom Douglas)

Tom Douglas is the chef and restaurateur behind eleven Seattle restaurants including Etta's, Palace Kitchen and the Dahlia Bakery, where you'll find his breads, pastries and other sweet treats. Now he’s giving away his secrets in "The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness In Seattle." We talk to him about the art of making desserts and take your questions about baking delicious treats at home.

Agriculture
2:57 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Consumers Could See Higher Apple Prices This Year

The Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, but the Midwest and East’s crop got pummeled this year. Photo by Anna King

CHELAN, Wash. – Moms and dads hoping to pack an apple in their children’s lunches might have to budget a bit more this year. That’s because even though the Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, elsewhere there’s a shortage.

The Northwest may have had a great season, but the Midwest and East’s apple crop got pummeled this year. That means there is more demand and increased prices for our region’s fruit, both for fresh eating and for juice and sauce.

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Food Labelling
9:53 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Researchers: King County Menu Labeling Reduces Overeating

There are no signs on the menu encouraging super-sized portions at this McDonald's.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It’s been more than two years since King County required chain restaurants to post nutrition information on their menus.  The goal was to help customers make healthy choices. 

Seattle researchers wanted to see if the regulation has changed the way restaurants market their meals.  One change the study found is it seems restaurants are no longer promoting supersized portions or overeating. 

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