Organic Food

It's often a split-second decision. You're in the produce aisle, and those organic apples on display look nice. You like the idea of organic — but they're a few bucks extra. Ditto for the organic milk and meat. Do you splurge? Or do you ask yourself: What am I really getting from organic? Scientists have been trying to answer this question. And the results of a huge new meta-analysis published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition adds to the evidence that organic production can boost...

Nobody really likes to be graded. Especially when you don't get an A. Some organic farmers are protesting a new grading system for produce and flowers that's coming into force at Whole Foods. They say it devalues the organic label and could become an "existential threat." The rating system is called " Responsibly Grown ." And the company developed it as a way to give customers more information about how their food is grown, says Matt Rogers , a global produce coordinator for Whole Foods. "We...

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KVNF host Donna Littlefield chats with gardener Lance Swigart about early spring garden chores.

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The holidays are officially here, and while Thanksgiving may have come and gone, there’s still plenty of festivities to be had in the coming months. And of course, what would the season be without food, and lots of it? To get you into the holiday spirit and prepared for long, laborious hours in the kitchen, we took a visit to a cooking class hosted by Chris Bailey at the Old River Road Trading Post in Paonia. Bailey’s been hosting these Monday classes and lunches for over a year now, and the...

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Members of Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet’s staff recently held a listening session in Paonia to gather community input on the 2013 Farm Bill. Bennet was selected to serve on the Farm Bill Conference Committee this year, a bipartisan group tasked with bringing together two very different versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate. Farmers, ranchers, county representatives and interested citizens met to ask Bennet’s staffers about his position on agricultural issues, and to offer...

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The height of the fruit season is approaching here in western Colorado, so for this week’s iSeeChange report, we decided to zoom out a bit and look at how Colorado’s biggest fruit crop fits into the national scene. On the Almanac a few weeks ago, an iSeeChanger named Megan Hines from Wisconsin said apples seemed to be ripe earlier than usual in her state. Anna Maenner , Executive Director for the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, told us that indeed they are. She says the window for ripe...