Luke Runyon http://wmuk.org en Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules http://wmuk.org/post/marijuana-laced-treats-leave-colorado-jonesing-food-safety-rules Where there's pot, there's pot brownies. But how do you make sure those high-inducing sweets are safe to eat?<p>Colorado regulators are wrestling with that question now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana. From sodas and truffles to granola bars and butter, food products infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale.<p>The problem? Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 12081 at http://wmuk.org Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms http://wmuk.org/post/forget-golf-courses-subdivisions-draw-residents-farms When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.<p>But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.<p>It's called development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture — a farm-share program commonly known as CSA. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:15:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 11107 at http://wmuk.org Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms Ranchers Wonder If U.S. Sheep Industry Has Bottomed Out http://wmuk.org/post/ranchers-worry-demand-sheep-declines Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in the U.S. has plummeted by half. The sheep industry has actually been declining since the late 1940s, when it hit its peak.<p>The sharp drop in production has left ranchers to wonder, "When are we going to hit the bottom?"<p>Some sheep are raised for their wool, others primarily for food. Consumption of both products — lamb meat and wool — have been declining in the U.S.<p>If you look at the tags on clothes in your closet, chances are quite a few pieces will be blended with synthetic fibers: nylon, rayon and polyester. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:49:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 9664 at http://wmuk.org Ranchers Wonder If U.S. Sheep Industry Has Bottomed Out Floods That Ravaged Colo. Might Help Drought-Hit Farmland http://wmuk.org/post/floods-ravaged-colo-might-help-drought-hit-farmland The damage from flooding in Colorado is immense. As the raging rivers overflowed, they spilled into low-lying farm and ranch land wrecking costly equipment, dismantling irrigation systems and stranding livestock. In the near future, it'll be hard for farmers to remain optimistic. Still, as the waters recede, there may be a silver lining to the excess rain further down the line. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 9004 at http://wmuk.org Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field http://wmuk.org/post/young-farmers-break-bank-they-get-field As the average age of the American farmer has crept up to 60, fewer young people are filling in the ranks behind them. That's prompted some to ask if young people even want to farm anymore.<p>The quick answer is yes, just not in the same numbers as they used to. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 8061 at http://wmuk.org Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field