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Flour recall teaches us not to eat raw cookie dough

marketplace.org — Most of us know foods like eggs and meat, consumed raw, could make us sick, because of bacteria. But many of us may be in the dark about the dangers of uncooked flour, which we might eat in the form of cookie dough or cake batter.

Starbucks' new dress code to allow more personal expression

marketplace.org — Starbucks is making some big changes to its dress code. Workers will now be allowed to branch out beyond the black-and-white color palette for shirts, to more exotic colors like gray, navy and brown. The company's " Lookbook " also now permits attire such as shorts, dresses and even beanies, along with more expressive hair colors.

Egg producers skittish about cage-free investments

wvpublic.org — Over the past year, many big food companies like Wal-Mart, General Mills and McDonald's have pledged to source their eggs from cage-free hens in coming years. That has put a lot of pressure on egg producers to ditch their cages, which means higher costs. New equipment is expensive, and labor and feed costs spike, too.

Egg producers skittish about cage-free investments

marketplace.org — Over the past year, many big food companies like Wal-Mart, General Mills and McDonald's have pledged to source their eggs from cage-free hens in coming years. That has put a lot of pressure on egg producers to ditch their cages, which means higher costs. New equipment is expensive, and labor and feed costs spike, too.

Brexit effects could show up in U.S. farm economy

marketplace.org — The U.K. vote to leave the European Union is likely to have ramifications for many U.S. businesses, including those in farm country. U.S. farmers are facing a lot of scrutiny these days over issues like animal welfare and genetically modified crops. Bob Young, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the U.K.

Cotton subsidies may help growers finance their season

wvpublic.org — Low prices and a global oversupply of cotton have been putting a lot of pressure on the nation's cotton producers. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would offer cotton growers $300 million in aid to help stabilize the industry.

Coalition launches global standard to define food loss and waste

marketplace.org — On Monday, a coalition of international organizations is launching the first-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste. The effort is driven by the World Resources Institute, a global research organization. Many companies and countries, including the U.S., have set big food waste reduction goals.

To free your hens or not? That's a big question

marketplace.org — Over the past year, the list of companies pledging to switch to cage-free eggs has expanded dramatically. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 40 grocery chains, including the likes of Albertson's and Wal-Mart, 39 restaurants, such as McDonald's and Burger King, and a raft of food manufacturers and distributors are going cage-free.

PGA Tour moving event from Donald Trump's Miami course to Mexico City

marketplace.org — The PGA Tour said it is relocating an elite golf tournament from Donald Trump's course in Miami to one in Mexico City. The organization said the move has to do with money, not politics. The PGA Tour's World Golf Championships event had been sponsored by Cadillac since 2011.

As fire season arrives, this could be hottest year ever

wvpublic.org — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell meet Tuesday with stewards of regional forest lands to discuss preparations for fighting wildfires this season. Last year was a record fire season. And with 2016 poised potentially to be the hottest year on record, many experts expect another difficult year for fire fighting.
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Jul 25, 2016

Seeking Starbucks baristas excited about dress code changes for a short phone interview ASAP and by 2:30 ET. Email abaxter@marketplace.org

Jul 25, 2016

@paigelorene Hi, I'm a reporter, hoping to interview u re Starbucks dress code change by 2 p.m. ET. Plz email abaxter@marketplace.org

Jul 25, 2016

@desic737 I'm a reporter and hoping to interview u re Starbucks dress code change by 2 p.m. ET. Plz ping me: abaxter@marketplace.org

Jul 25, 2016

@hawky_boo I'm a reporter and hoping to interview u re Starbucks dress code change by 2 p.m. ET. Plz ping me: abaxter@marketplace.org

Jul 07, 2016

Despite big cage-free commitments from food cos, those eggs aren't selling well, and producers are taking note:  http://bit.ly/29kBpi8 

Jul 07, 2016

Many big food companies are moving towards cage-free eggs BUT cage-free eggs are not selling well. Here's my piece  http://bit.ly/29kBpi8 

Jun 06, 2016

Coalition launches first ever global standard for measuring and tracking food loss and waste:  http://bit.ly/1Y3Azfa 

Jun 03, 2016

Two farmers, two takes on demand for cage-free eggs.  http://bit.ly/1srxM3R 


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