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July 4 BBQ

Green grilling means tastier food, less pollution

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing into the air a lower amount of volatile organic compounds—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»

Bacon shortage? Pig virus worries Az farmers

A swine virus that has already caused a nationwide hog shortage has turned up in Arizona, where one farm official worries it could have “catastrophic effects on the pork buying and producing industry.” The virus is harmless to humans, but the mortality rate for infected piglets has been at least 50 percent.... Read more»

July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day

Barbecue, beer and fireworks: Independence Day is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.... Read more»

Floods, drought, war? It must be El Niño again

The bad boy of weather is 80 percent likely to strike this year. Here’s what to brace for.... Read more»

As more imported foods reach dinner tables, holes remain in FDA safety net

In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the FDA investigated a seafood company in India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellow fin tuna to the U.S. What they found was not appetizing: water tanks rife with contamination, rusty carving knives, peeling paint above the work area, unsanitary bathrooms and an ice machine covered with insects and “apparent bird feces.”... Read more»

Scottsdale ranked second-best ‘foodie’ city in U.S.

Culinary enthusiasts in Scottsdale can take pride, as their city was named the second-best city for “foodies” in the U.S. The top-10 list from Livability.com put Scottsdale just behind New Haven, Conn., for its restaurants, access to farmers’ markets and other factors.... Read more»

Celebrate Bloomsday, Irish culture Monday

Tucson’s Irish community wants to encourage you to bring your family down to 4th Avenue and celebrate Bloomsday on Monday at O’Malley’s on Fourth, 247 N. 4th Ave.... Read more»

City, UA launching pilot program for food scrap collection

The City of Tucson and the University of Arizona will begin a pilot program, June 30, to collect food scraps from local business for composting, a spokeswoman said.... Read more»

Az summer lunch program reaching less than 15% of eligible kids

State officials hope to increase the number of free meals from the 1.1 million served last summer under the Summer Food Service Program. But they said one of the biggest challenges is putting meal sites where low-income kids can find them, and making kids want to come back.... Read more»

City hosting urban agriculture meeting Tuesday

The City of Tucson is holding a second public meeting Tuesday about efforts to change local zoning rules to allow for urban agriculture, including farmers markets, community gardens, urban farms, and raising small animals.... Read more»

Early morning fire closes Guadalajara Grill

An early morning fire at a Midtown restaurant took a team of 27 firefighters about 36 minutes to bring under control, officials said.... Read more»

Fair trade coffee a big business, but indigenous growers not getting rich

More organic coffee is grown in Chiapas, a southern Mexico state, perhaps than anywhere else in the world. But an industry that provides a living to many small farmers in the region is suffering from the spread of rust fungus, which interferes with coffee bean growth.... Read more»

NAFTA an empty basket for southern Mexico farmers

When the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, removing all trade barriers between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, small farms in Mexico were forced into direct competition with big American agribusiness and the cheap corn produced in the U.S.... Read more»

City hosting urban agriculture meeting

The City of Tucson is holding a public meeting Tuesday about efforts to change local zoning rules to allow for urban agriculture.... Read more»1

Uruguay’s pot-legalizing president goes to Washington

From ganja to Guantanamo, there’s a stunning array of topics for Jose Mujica and Barack Obama to discuss.... Read more»

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