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How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table

Sure, America is divided, but income inequality and an economy favoring the rich may be issues families can agree on over holiday dinner — if we can get over our tribal divides.... Read more»

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Boosting the pecanomy: Arizona pecan production peaks

Arizona's pecan industry faces the twin threats of climate change and trade wars even as it continues to grow.... Read more»

Store it, don't pour it: Keep pipes free from cooking grease

Pouring cooking grease and oil down the drain can clog your pipes. Instead, bring it to Pima County's drop-off locations — it'll be converted to biodiesel fuel.... Read more»

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics.... Read more»1

Tucson's El Guero Canelo wins James Beard award for Sonoran hot dogs

Tucson restaurant El Guero Canelo's unpretentious cross-border fusion — a hot dog wrapped in bacon and laden with beans and condiments — has been given a national honor: one of five 2018 America's Classics from the James Beard Foundation.... Read more»

Hunger persists in Cochise County

Hunger gnaws at Cochise County citizens more than for average Americans.... Read more»1

Maricopa sheriff to inmates on hunger strike: Food is nutritious, not delicious

Maricopa County jail inmates went on a three-day hunger strike over the quality of meals served behind bars, but Sheriff Paul Penzone said Wednesday that taste is not the point.... Read more»

Halloween sadism: History behind myth of poisoned treats

What a seasonal fear reveals about our changing relationship to food: Everybody’s heard the unsettling bit about the razorblade-spiked Halloween apple. ... Read more»

The vote came first: Pima to allow more backyard chickens

Pima County residents in more residential areas will be allowed to keep chickens for eggs beginning next month, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to loosen restrictions on backyard poultry.... Read more»2

State Dep't cautions travelers about tainted liquor in Mexico

In the wake of investigative reports about illnesses and a death possibly connected to adulterated alcohol at Mexican resorts, the U.S. State Department updated its travel alerts to caution tourists to drink in moderation and "stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill."... Read more»

Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.... Read more»

Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal

So far this summer more than 300,000 texts requesting information from No Kid Hungry have led children and families to places where they can eat.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

Arizona food deserts: How can leaders and residents address the issue?

Many Arizona communities have long struggled to address "food deserts" — areas that lack immediate access to healthy, affordable food. Local experts say there are a variety of ways to alleviate these hardships. Some solutions include broadening government-assistance programs, growing community gardens and building supermarkets.... Read more»

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but the Borderlands Food Bank in Nogales is approaching them all head-on.... Read more»

Apache County had worst 'food insecurity' in U.S., state fared poorly

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.” ... Read more»

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