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Will Rainy Weather Affect 2012 Farm Bill Provisions?

Though small farms are suffering from poor weather conditions, large-scale agriculture is also vulnerable. Rain is the primary problem facing growers in the Midwest and Northeast, but severe drought is causing alarm in Texas and other southwestern states. Two main crops affected so far are corn and wheat, and both commodities' prices have gone up as a result. More

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Vegan Substitutes?

Fried Tofu, a popular vegan substitute. [Photograph: Robyn Lee] Update: This quiz is closed as of August 26, 2013. Say your friend or loved one (or maybe even you) just decided to become a vegan. What happens to the big, buttery birthday cake or cheese pairing for that wine? Do you know much about vegan substitutes? (Does wheat meat mean anything to you?) See how prepared you would be for the new diet. Take the quiz! »... More

Are Heirloom Wheat Varieties the Next Big Baking Trend?

"You could give me dog-shit wheat, and I could still make it taste great." —Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Just as tomatoes have spent the last few hundred years getting the flavor slowly sucked out of them, in favor of more convenient attributes like uniformity in size and color and resistance to the rigors of transcontinental shipping, wheat has undergone a similar process. Unlike tomatoes, which, discounting any Native American influence, have been bred for a mere few hundred years, wheat, a staple grain since the earliest civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, has had a 10,000-year breeding program. Modern wheat is designed for high yields, and to produce flours with consistently high protein contents. In the meantime,... More

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