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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2104 file photo, organic body products are seen at a Whole Foods in Washington. Consumer interest in the organic label continues to grow. The organic industry says U.S. sales of their products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Consumers buying more organic products, despite high prices

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn’t seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says. Sales of organics have been rapidly growing since the United States put strict rules in place and began certifying organic products in 2002. According to the Agriculture Department, the number of U.S. organic operations has …

West Coast sardine collapse leads to fishing closure

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fisheries managers have decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July because of rapidly dwindling numbers, hoping to save an iconic industry from the kind of collapse that hit in the 1940s and lasted 50 years. Meeting outside Santa Rosa, Calif., the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Sunday to close the season starting July 1. The council …

In chef Bryan Voltaggio’s new cookbook, there’s lots of flavor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

These are not the hasty weeknight pastas and stir-fries of your kitchen and mine. In his new book, Home: Recipes to Cook With Family and Friends, with Aki Kamozawa, Washington, D.C.-area chef-restaurateur Bryan Voltaggio concentrates on weekend brunches, Sunday suppers and holiday meals. That might explain why, unlike most of my own home …

Downtown: A plant-based restaurant grows on Main Street

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Willow Mauck says she is a lifelong vegetarian, she’s not kidding. Her grandmother sometimes cooked meat for her children, but didn’t eat it herself. Her mother is the owner of Susty’s Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Northwood. …

A bevy of N.H. beer bills evidence of growth, change in the market

Thursday, April 9, 2015

By almost any metric, New Hampshire’s beer business is becoming more stout. The number of breweries has jumped from 17 to 38 in the past 18 months and is expected to push 60 in the next year. Beer …

Traditional matcha tea gets whirled, dusted, infused in US

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup. …

A sweet-and-sour dish that will have you ditching take-out

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

There is just something disgustingly delicious about sweet-and-sour chicken, that deep-fried, sugar-slathered staple of Asian take-out. That cloying sauce, that crispy-fried breading, those sweet morsels of warm pineapple. . . . No matter how unhealthy I know it …

A different destination for maple sap

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The maple sap bubbling away in Ron Davis’s Chatham, N.Y., sugar house is destined for pancakes, waffles, sweets and – for years now – beer kegs. The local syrup adds a touch of woodsy sweetness to the maple …

Labor issues to pressure McDonald’s despite pay bump

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A pay bump for workers at some McDonald’s restaurants isn’t likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues. McDonald’s said Wednesday it would raise wages for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, which represent …

3 countries investigate fishing slavery reported by AP

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Officials from three countries are traveling to remote islands in eastern Indonesia to investigate how thousands of foreign fishermen were abused and forced into catching seafood that could end up in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. A …

Technology is making us tip more than ever

Monday, March 30, 2015

By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign – but you’re thrown a curve ball. The payment …

Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that’s long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm …

AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by the police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island, and five …