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A bag of poppy seed bagels, some of which could be contaminated by high levels of opiates. (Photo by Christopher Dilts, Bloomberg)

Eating the Wrong Poppy Seeds Can Upend Your Life

From new parents failing drug tests in the maternity ward to people overdosing after drinking poppy-seed tea, contamination is a problem that science groups and advocates are urging the FDA to fix.



The Black farmers at Big Dream Farm stand in the field. (Photo credit: Jared Davis)

This Fund Is Investing $20 Million to Help Black Farmers Thrive

Farmer-activists Karen Washington and Olivia Watkins created the Black Farmer Fund to boost Black farmers, agricultural businesses, and food entrepreneurs in the Northeast with tools, training, and cash.

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Civil Eats TV: Women Brewing Change at Sequoia Sake

Of the three female craft sake brewers in the U.S., two make up the mother-daughter team at Sequoia Sake in San Francisco. Working with California rice farmers, they’re bringing the nearly 2,000-year-old national drink of Japan to more Americans.

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Wendy Johnson at Jóia Food Farm in Charles City, Iowa (Photo credit: Tom Rafalovich (left) and Wendy Johnson (right).

Op-ed: We Need a New Farm Bill—for My Iowa Farm and Beyond

Wendy Johnson has spent more than a decade building diversity on her Iowa farm, despite financial and cultural pressure to stick to the status quo. Now, she’s pushing for system change.