Agriculture Sector

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Could Ebola Kill Our Chocolate Supply?

    Last weekend on a flight from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Chicago, a man felt queasy and fainted. As paramedics met him at the gate in the Windy City, the rumors spread through the plane: the man had Ebola. He had just come from Liberia. He was contagious. Of course no one actually knew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Palm Beach Beekeepers Association Hosting Statewide Conference This Week

    While most of the news regarding bees has been dire for the past several years, Palm Beach County has reason to get excited about honeybees this week. Busy beekeepers from across the state are gathering together to buzz all about (all right, we're done with the jokes) the ins and outs of starting a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Greening Is Killing Florida Citrus -- Now's the Time to Support Your Local Growers

    While Florida's top crop might be tourists slathered in sunscreen, agriculture ranks right up there, too. According to the state, Florida produces about 67% of oranges in the U.S. and accounts for about 40% of the world's OJ supply. The industry has a $9 Billion impact and supports 76,000 jobs. O ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    New USDA Study Finds Bee Populations Not Dropping as Steeply, Names Possible Causes

    We've been hearing a lot about dwindling bee populations for quite some time already. While the thought of a world without apis' might soothe horrifying childhood memories of stings, it would be an utter catastrophe for many of the foods we eat; those buzzing little insects pollinate many of our fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Beekeepers, National Honey Bee Advisory Board Suing the EPA Over Pestcides

    You've heard the story of the birds and the bees -- if not, we don't know what to tell you. Hopefully, you picked up on the innuendo: bees like to fly around and pollinate everything. Get the parallel? Pollination is necessary for fertilizing many of the crops that we eat: almonds, quince, lemon, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Honey Laundering: Is Your Honey Fake?

    It seems simple enough. You walk down the honey aisle, pick up one of those plastic, honey-filled bears, and walk out of the grocery store with honey. If only life were so easy. You've heard of money laundering -- making illegal money seem legit -- well, we now have honey laundering, in which "hon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Composting Is in Our Future, Part Two

    Composting is an intimidating and rather off-putting task that must be done if we want to survive and live sustainably. We need to be responsible and understand that soil is one of the most important things on this planet, and recycling food waste to build soil is vital. Our soil down here in Sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Are GMOs to Blame for Decline in Florida Honeybees?

    A lot of people have an intense fear of bees. Whether you were stung as a child or just traumatized from young Macaulay Culkin's death in My Girl, the buzzing little insect has picked up a bad rep. And yet, the prolific pollinators are integral to our food supply. Without bees, most of the plants w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Raw Milk: "Real" Milk? Or Real Bad?

    Nowadays, everything is a polarizing issue from abortion to gun rights to fiscal cliffs. Next on the list is food. In a way, it seems crazy that something as basic as food should be so contentious, but then again what could be more personal than the food that keeps us alive? Once upon a ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Chef Dean James Max of 3030 Ocean: A Q&A About PB Food & Wine Fest and Women in the Kitchen ("I Try Not to Let Them Escape")

    In south Florida, there are few names that have made a long-lasting impact on the culinary industry. Chef Dean James Max is one. His name comes up not just for his talent in terms of churning out beautifully prepared sustainable seafood dishes, but for his impact on the next generation of south Flor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Chef Allen Susser: A Q&A on Flavors of Fort Lauderdale, GMOs, and Robot Fish

    Chef Allen Susser has made a bit of a name for himself in south Florida. Okay, that might be a bit of an understatement. The New York native and longtime South Florida resident has won numerous awards and accolades: James Beard Foundation's Best Chef 1994, southeast region; one of the top ten in Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Flavors of Fort Lauderdale: New Food Festival Launches Next Week

    This year has seen an influx of new culinary events for Fort Lauderdale. Cheers for Charity was a great success. Now it's almost time for Flavors of Fort Lauderdale. The next four-day culinary event, which kicks off Tuesday, November 8. The event is meant to showcase the culinary talent and lif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Bettencourt Dairies: Burger King Supplier Exposed Abusing Cows (Grueling Video)

    Over the past few years, consumers have become increasingly aware of the abuse that takes place in the industrial food system. Public outrage has reached a fever-pitch. Due to consumer demand, many corporations and state governments (including Florida) have even begun banning gestation crates--those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Overfishing Deals Severe Blow To Local Economy, Pew Environment Group Says

    Scientists tend to frame the consequences of overfishing in esoteric ecological terms that seem frightening but are difficult to comprehend. A new study commissioned by the Pew Environment Group, however, translates the consequences into dollars and cents, making it all too clear that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Want to Start a Goat Farm? JoJo Milano of Delilah's Dairy Tells Us How

    Amongst foodies, interest in farming seems to have reached epic proportions. Aside from the growing number of farm-to-table restaurants, it seems as though you cannot dine with any well-known chef and not hear about the organic gardener that grew your tomato, the ethical farmer that reared your meat ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Farm-Raised Salmon? Not on This Yacht

    Chef Sara Ventiera is setting off on a three-week trip to the Bahamas, manning the kitchen on a 91-foot yacht. She will file regular updates from the waters about what it's like to work on a yacht, from pre-trip provisioning to seaplane produce delivery.As soon I saw the "Norwegian Atlantic Salmon" ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Bee Killer Snuffs Thousands of Florida Hives​If it's not colony collapse disorder, it's a crazy bee killer. Hundreds of thousands of bees in Brevard County died this past September, tied to a tainted food supply that contained an insecticide used to kill roaches, ticks, and fleas, county agriculture officials determined yester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Truck Farm: Join the Fleet

    Think you can't grow your own produce if you're not living out on a farm? Well, maybe you should consider getting a truck. No joke! Truck Farm is a mobile farm where you plant into the bed of a truck. That means you are growing your own produce even if you have limited space and live in the city. Im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Real Cattle Drive on Clematis Thursday at High Noon

    Florida cattle ​Cattle and the cowboys who herd them aren't your everyday downtown sight, but on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, a herd (abeit a small one) will be tromped down the middle of the road at noon Thursday.The Florida Cattlemen's Association is calling attention to Florida's history ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Whole Foods Offers Sustainable Swordfish for Summer

    ​It was less than six months ago that national retailer Target completely ditched farm-raised salmon in favor of the environmentally conscious wild-caught variety. Now Whole Foods is getting in on the action. The national retailer has announced it will carry only Marine Stewardship Council-certifi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Animal Rights Group Asks Miss Florida USA Contestants to Donate Fur "Prizes"

    C. Stiles​We live in South Florida, one of the warmest climates in the country. And on top of that, this one of the hottest summers we've had in years. So why would anyone ever need a fur coat down here?That's what the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida was thinking when members emailed more than ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Two Florida Farmers Opt Out of Animal Rights Battles

    Matt Thomas' little pigs range freely.​This week's feature story details the escalating battle between Big Agriculture and the Humane Society, the organization behind a nationwide campaign to legislate the safety and comfort of farm animals. The Humane Society helped push through Florida's "pregna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Target Stores to Stop Selling Farm-Raised Salmon, Will Now Carry Wild-Caught Only

    ​That's right: the retail mega-chain will no longer be selling any farm raised salmon at its grocery outlets. Instead, all salmon sold at Target stores will now be wild-caught Alaskan salmon only.Pretty conscientious for a national retailer.Now, all the frozen, fresh, and smoked salmon you find at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Panning for Gold: Impoverished People Can Be Useful Props for Protesters

    Flickr: HD Action PhotographyA boatload of amberjacks caught by a charter fishing boat off the Panhandle coast.​It's been a discouraging week to be a South Floridian, so it's high time we renew our Panning for Gold series, in which we attempt to prove that ours is the (slightly) superior civilizat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    The World According to Harry

    g.shepherdHarry's Banana Farm, 10.17.09​Harry's Banana Farm in Lake Worth has long been famous for its stuffed alligator, its paperback "lending library," its Penthouse designation as one of the ten sleaziest bars in America, and for the philosophical musings posted on its outdoor sign. But this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Greenpeace Attacks Publix, Winn-Dixie

    flickr user: wharmanIf only Publix cared this much about REAL fish.The website for Publix supermarkets states, "There are plenty of fish in the sea, but not all of them are good enough for Publix." According to the environmental organization Greenpeace, that statement is all sorts of wrong. First, t ... More >>

  • News

    February 12, 2009

    Oyster Lovers, Unite

    This Valentine's may be your best chance for years to come to eat oysters.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Behind The Line - Chef Allen Susser Talks Sustainable Fish

    Chef Allen Talks Sustainable Fish from Miami New Times on Vimeo.Chef Allen Susser, owner of Chef Allen's restaurant in Aventura and the innovator behind "New World Cuisine," talks about the importance of sustainable fish to our local economy, environment and his restaurant's menu. Learn more at Chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Slow Foods Glades to Coast Dinner at Cafe Boulud

    (sturgeon: It's what's for dinner)The Slow Foods Glades to Coast Chapter, which covers roughly the Palm Beach and Broward areas, is hosting a 5-course Growers' Discovery gourmet dinner at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach this Thursday, December 11, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The dinner, overseen by chef Zach Bell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008
  • News

    July 12, 2007
  • Film

    April 29, 2004

    Radio Free Haiti

    Jonathan Demme's documentary brings a joyful revolutionary to the screen

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Battle of the Bugs

    The blood runs pink as biowarfare is waged against insect pests

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Man Overboard

    Behind South Florida's golden crab industry is the story of a family proud but divided

  • News

    March 27, 2003

    Poison Pill

    Florida's first law to protect farm workers from pesticides died a quiet death, but now it's back

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Indian War

    A Hollywood man has spent the past decade trying to pry open the Seminoles' accounting books -- without much success

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    Sustained Interest

    Zemi's chef is the real attraction at this class for culinary do-gooders

  • Best of BPB

    May 16, 2002
  • Dining

    February 14, 2002

    Taco Heaven

    At Avila's, the tortilla is more than half full

  • Calendar

    November 23, 2000

    Good Grind

    The authors of The Birth of Coffee appear in West Palm Beach

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Crustacean Disputation

    A shrimpy Ecuadorian company wants DuPont to stop spoiling its H20

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    Citrus Tree Removers Leave Sour Taste

    Letters for July 20, 2000

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Canker Sore

    State workers are cutting down homeowners' citrus trees to save Florida's fruit industry. It's a South Florida chain saw massacre.

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    A Natural Alliance

    Buck Island Ranch is home to the threatened caracara, and it's a laboratory where ranchers and conservationists are learning to work together

  • Foodstuffs

    March 11, 1999

    Best Fresh Produce

    West McNab U-Pick

  • News

    February 26, 1998

    Bait and Shackle

    For years Everett Hobby has net-fished offshore for ballyhoo. Only recently has he been considered a criminal for doing so.

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