food

The Salt
11:07 am
Tue September 4, 2012

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India

Even this Maharaja Mac, made specifically for the Indian market, will be off the menu at the new vegetarian McDonald's in India.
kawanet Flickr.com

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:13 pm

McDonald's, home of the iconic Big Mac, is going vegetarian. Well, at least in India, where 20 to 42 percent or more of the population (depending on how you count) eschews meat, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

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The Salt
10:06 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Portland Company Aims To Tame Food Truck Trash

Portland-based GO Box, a service that provides and cleans reusable take-out boxes for local food trucks, hopes to keep some of the city's food waste from going in the dumpster.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:39 am

With nearly 700 food carts licensed last year, Portland, Ore., is arguable a leader in the mobile food revolution. Lucky residents can choose between Iraqi-Jewish sabich, yeasted Belgian liege waffles, or Indonesian rendang, all served out of a friendly window on the sidewalk. But all of these mobile meals come with a downside — namely, trash.

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Fertilizer Fraud
5:09 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Oregon On The Lookout For Fertilizer Fraud

Many fertilizer products are used to cultivate marijuana.
Oregon Drug Enforcement Administration

The state of Oregon is on the lookout for fraudulent fertilizer. State regulators say it’s a growing problem for indoor gardeners. The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently cracked down on a California company that it says was selling a potentially harmful product.

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Protecting Dogs In Spokane County
5:44 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

County Takes Hard Line Against Leaving Fido In Hot Car

Officer Nicole Montano is the operations manager of the the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

One Northwest county is taking a hard line against dog owners who leave man’s best friend in the hot car this summer. Animal protection officers in Spokane County, Wash., say a prolonged trip to the mall could earn you criminal charges for animal cruelty – and a broken window.

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South Korea Ban On Potatoes
5:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

South Korea Ban On Fresh Northwest Potatoes

Starting Friday, fresh potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington can no longer be exported to South Korea. As Capital Press reported earlier this week, Korea’s export ban results from concerns over an insect-borne disease that causes light yellow potato flesh to darken and stripe — the zebra chip.

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Northwest Potato Disease
4:47 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

'Zebra Chip' Disease Concerns Northwest Potato Growers

Tubers infected with zebra chip disease show dark, stripe-like symptoms in the tissue.
USDA

Northwest agriculture researchers say they are finding more cases of a zebra chip disease in the region’s potatoes. The malady mars spuds with dark streaks, making them unsuitable for sale. The latest case cropped up near Hermiston, Ore.

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Northwest Winemakers Optimistic
4:43 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Northwest Winemakers Say 'Normal' 2012 May Make For Great Vintage

Scott Williams, Kiona Vineyards and Winery winemaker, holds a cluster of his Lemberger wine grapes. The grapes are going through a process called véraison where they change color from green to purple and start ripening.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Northwest winemakers say they’re optimistic that 2012 will turn out to be a great vintage. Many of the region’s red wine grapes are just on the edge of starting to change color and ripen. The timing of this color change is a good indication of the coming harvest’s quality. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Strong Northwest Farming Industry
5:43 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Northwest Ag Industry Cashing In On Strong Grain Prices, Yields

Todd Ray is the owner of 10 New Holland dealerships in Washington and Oregon. His overall tractor and equipment sales are up 20 percent from two years ago at about this time.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Drought that’s sizzling the rest of the nation has largely left the Northwest states alone. Furthermore, the Midwest’s farmers’ misfortune is actually benefiting farmers here. That’s because grain prices are going up because of the Heartland’s decimated yields. Meanwhile, many Northwest farmers crops are above average.

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Tracking Feral Pigs
5:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Northwest States Ask Public To 'Squeal' On Feral Pigs

When domesticated pigs escape their sties, their physical appearance actually changes.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are joining forces to track populations of feral pigs across the Northwest. These “hogs gone wild” can do massive damage to the landscape. And wildlife agents want to know where swine are on the move. They’re even launching a so-called “swine line” for people to call with sightings.

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Rail Shipping Expansion
4:13 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Northwest Wine Industry To Get Boost From Rail Shipping Expansion

Railex's existing shipping center in Wallula in southeast Washington. The new wine warehouse will be built nearby.
Railex

A company that ships Northwest produce to East Coast markets by rail plans an expansion that will benefit the region's wineries. Railex has reached an agreement with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to build a massive wine storage warehouse in southeast Washington.

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