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Culinary diplomacy

A number of nations are diving into culinary diplomacy, promoting their food on the international stage. The result? Increased recognition and a growth in “gastronomic tourism.” Peru is one of …

A maple syrup rebellion is growing in Quebec

In Quebec, a provincial marketing board is fomenting a rebellion among maple syrup producers. Producers refer to the marketing board as “a cartel” and “a mafia.” Some producers are resisting …

Making a living as a farmer? Depends on the scale.

One of my favorite U.S. food policy wonks is Parke Wilde (@usfoodpolicy), a professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He was previously on staff at …

Will teff be the next “it” grain?

Teff is a staple grain produced in Ethiopia. It’s the seed of a grass native to Ethiopia (lovegrass). Teff is high in protein and calcium…and it’s gluten-free. In Ethiopia, it …

Grocery stores are evolving

Grocery stores are evolving. Why? They’ve lost your business and they want it back. Traditional grocers are losing market share to competitors (including farmers markets, dollar stores, and smaller retail …

Pain from the grain

Record corn production combined with no increase in demand and a leveled-off ethanol market have led to the lowest prices for corn in six years. And it’s not just corn …