Seafood lovers have a vested interest in the Minnesota Zoo's message: Sustainably sourced fish and fruits de mer are the future -- or else. At the 7th annual Fish Bites event, this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, eight Twin Cities chefs will gather to celebrate ... More >>
Urban Organics, one of the nation's largest aquaponic farms, has opened for business in the former Hamm's Brewery building in St. Paul. All six floors of the building will eventually be utilized by Urban Organics's aquaponic system and 18 3,500-gallon tilapia tanks will be scattered throughout. At ... More >>
It felt like a drug deal. "Stay in the car. I'll be right back." We were sitting in the back of a limousine, our fingers crossed that this would be our last stop. It had been three days, and we hadn't seen a trace of the elusive substance. "Turn the music up. What CD is he playing?" We nodded our ... More >>
Animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing has released an undercover video depicting cringe-worthy conditions on a turkey farm in Starbuck, Minnesota -- just in time for Thanksgiving. The three-minute video, shot apparently over two weeks with a hidden camera, shows bloody and crusty birds stuf ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
"Imagine paying $50 for a pint of hand-pollinated strawberries," says the voiceover in this compelling video from the Beez Kneez, a local organization devoted to reviving the bee population in the Twin Cities and educating the local community about how bees affect our overall ecosystem. "That's what ... More >>
Last night the Minnesota Zoo hosted its second annual Fish Bites; an event focused on raising awareness around the issue of sustainable seafood. Over 150 people showed up to the event, which featured nine of the Twin Cities' top chefs. Each chef prepared a dish using sustainable seafood, allowing gu ... More >>
SEE ALSO: - Minnesota's average low temperature rose faster than any other state's since 1970, says new study- Al Franken declares Minnesota sweet corn the best in the worldRemember all those corn cobs at the state fair last weekend? Well, Minnesota's corn crop is the strongest in the country, the U ... More >>
One of the newest farmers markets to pop up in the Cities is the one found in the Apple Valley parking lot outside the Minnesota Zoo. We stopped by to have a peek and a taste of the goodies available. We found the usual, beautiful Minnesota bounty, but then we spotted something unexpected.
Hog farmers and scientists are baffled by an unidentified foamy substance bubbling out of manure pits at hog farms in Minnesota and surrounding states.The methane-filled foam, which can rise four feet above ground level, has been responsible for a half-dozen barn explosions during the past three ... More >>
Two of the top seafood chefs in the city will be going head to head in a culinary battle to the finish. Both chefs are relatively new to their head toque positions. Jamie Malone is still only into her first (official) year as chef de cuisine at Tim McKee's Sea Change in the Guthrie Theater. ... More >>
A half-million cows were worth more dead than alive, and now we're all paying the price
By the low, blue light reflected from the Discovery Bay exhibit, Fish Smart, the Minnesota Zoo's sustainable seafood effort, will host its first major event: Fish Bites. Hosted by Sue Zelickson on Thursday, October 13, local celebrity chefs like Stewart Woodman of Heidi's, Russell Klein of Merita ... More >>
Two greenhouse tomatoes: Which is tops?My tomato plants have flowers, but, alas, no fruit. It's just a little to early in the growing season to savor the juiciness of a homegrown Sweet 100 or Cherokee Purple. In anticipation of August, I had a hankering for tomato-cucumber-chickpea-red onio ... More >>
Lu LippoldOver 50 kinds of fish are for sale at Coastal SeafoodsThe life of a chef is very glamorous. It must be so, or there wouldn't be 10 gazillion TV shows on the subject. Coastal Seafoods' general manager, Tim Lauer, had been a chef for years, living the high life, when he was mysterious ... More >>
Troubled Waters: You can't see it."Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" is a damning documentary about agricultural pollution in the Big Muddy, produced by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History. But someone doesn't want you to see it.
Infrogmation Keep your shirt on (and your mask) during Linden Hills Coop's New Orleans-style parade. Beef gets a lot of play this week with Red Stag playing host to the Peterson Limousin Farms family (producers of prized Limousin cattle) and Farmer Dan of the Grass Fed Cattle Company inviting the ... More >>
Image by cygnus921 on FlickrBees: We like the Minnesota onesMinnesota beekeepers are so buzzing mad about "honey laundering" that they're holding a press conference about it today at the State Fair. Apparently, cheap honey from China is messing up their market.
After raw milk left eight people sick with E.coli in May and June, the state's investigation into the raw milk trade is widening.
The Strib reports that four people got sick from unpasteurized milk tainted with E. coli and that the Mn Dept of Ag will likely crack down on illegal raw milk sales. State epidemiologist Richard Danilla and staff traced the milk that made three people sick to Hartmann dairy farm near Gibbon ... More >>
You might call it a shroom boom
It's Earth Day, and Rep. Keith Ellison is taking note by announcing that he's introducing a House bill to ban a herbicide that's long been the target of environmentalists: Atrazine. The news comes ahead of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panel meeting next week tha ... More >>
Wisconsin, with the most dairy farms in the United States, is feeling some hurt from the global decline in demand for milk.
We're bananas for organic. A U of M research center is converting its herd.
Orange juice might be more like Cheez Whiz and Reddi-Wip than you think according to a new book.
In case you were wondering, the name "swine flu" really doesn't mean you can get it from eating pork products, sleeping in beds with pigs or generally living a sloppy lifestyle.
Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come
A dead zone free of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico is expanding rapidly, and scientists say corn production here is a primary culprit.
It is a universal axiom of modern politics that no politician with presidential ambitions can talk honestly about the very real problems of the government's slavish promotion of corn-based ethanol. In the corn belt states, of course, it is impossible to talk honestly about corn-based ethanol if you ... More >>
Minnesota beef industries falls on lean times
In Swift County, residents cry foul over a mega dairy and the state agency that can't say no
Sen. Norm Coleman does an about-face on a bill that will hurt Minnesota farmers
A few years ago, Doug Ohman was a theme-park executive with 600 employees. Today, he photographs barns. What happened?
You want healthy food? Go back to spearing antelope.
Did the power that lights your lava lamp begin as a pile of cow manure?
At the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, commodity traders are an endangered species
Is the debate over genetically modified crops being nipped in the bud at the state capitol?
When bees and grannies and birthdays are the law of the land
Cocaine, Tuna, and Free Trade