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Cooks at Glendale's Loving Hut restaurant cut potatoes and tofu in preparation for vegan meals.

In addition to the president, millions of others will pardon turkeys from the imminent threat of Thanksgiving this year. The vegetarian market for Thanksgiving has grown in both popularity and profit – a trend that’s beginning to take off in the Valley. Read more»

Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers said farmers iwll not be hurt immediately by the lack of a federal farm bill, but that Congress will have to act soon.

The budget was not the only significant legislation that died Monday between a deadlocked House and Senate – the farm bill also expired at midnight, leaving farm programs, crop supports and food stamps up in the air. Read more»

If ever there were a dream team lineup, it’s the large and dazzling array of those who support immigration reform. Read more»

Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers, here in a file photo, said there was 'a lot of give and take' on the farm bill, but its passage by the Senate gives farmers some assurances going forward.

Arizona farmers are cautiously optimistic at the Senate’s passage this week of a five-year farm bill, even though it cuts $24 billion from current spending levels. Read more»

Much of farm labor is still manual, like the workers digging in a field here, increasing the demand for workers at short, specific times of the year.

Francisco Duarte stood in the sun with little shade or water for hours, waiting to pick lemons. But he never complained, because he was afraid he would be replaced by an undocumented worker willing to work longer hours for lower pay. He is among the hundreds of thousands silenced by a visa program that pits citizens, guest workers and the undocumented against one another. Read more»