- Fair fishing: Food giant Nestle pledged reforms after disclosing that suppliers to the company use slave labor to produce seafood from Thailand. Read more here.
- Bouncing back: One year after a major funding crisis, the Southeast’s only certified organic training farm is planning for growth. Read more here.
- Empty plates: New census data shows more North Carolinians living with poverty and food insecurity. Read more here.
- Scaling up: The Wall Street Journal examines how growth can be both a burden and a blessing for artisinal food makers. Read more here.
- Sweet potato power: Researchers at N.C. State are trying to find new ways to harness the power of the humble tuber. Read more here.
Among the sweet potatoes studied by N.C. State food scientists, purple varieties were highlighted for their unique nutritional properties:
Anthocyanins, found in purple sweet potatoes, provide free radical scavenging activity, memory-enhancing effects and protective effects for the liver. Anthocyanins help to cleanse the liver of toxins, curbing inflammation.
RAFI produced this audio story about two farmers making the switch from tobacco to purple sweet potatoes.
You can find out more here.