Sustainable Living

An egg is cooked in a frying pan at the Waveland Cafe, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms this spring.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

OMAHA, Neb. | Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more — if it’s even on the menu. Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a […]

In this Tuesday, June 2, 2015 photo, CEO Matthew Sade looks over the racks in the soft fresh aging room at the Kite Hill Creamery in Hayward, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

You’re not going to believe this, but there’s finally a vegan cheese that doesn’t suck. Seriously. In fact, Kite Hill’s dairy-free “cheeses” taste so authentic, Whole Foods Markets actually sells them alongside its real deal Parmesans and cheddars. The cheeses are the work of celebrity vegan chef Tal Ronnen, until now better known for orchestrating […]

A Bistro French Onion Soup Bread Bowl is seen at a Panera bread restaurant, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in New York. New York City could become the first city in the U.S. to require a warning label on high-sodium menu items at chain restaurants, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. A Bistro French Onion Soup Bread Bowl contains more sodium than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams, which is equal to about 1 teaspoon of salt.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK | New York City’s Health Department wants all chain restaurants to warn customers about products that are high in salt. The department voted on Wednesday to consider the proposal at a meeting of the Board of Health that all chain restaurants add a salt-shaker-like symbol on menus next to products that contain more than […]

In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, a hive of honeybees appears on display at the Vermont Beekeeping Supply booth at the annual Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vt. The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)

The plan calls for restoring 7 million acres of bee habitat in the next five years. Numerous federal agencies will have to find ways to grow plants on federal lands that are more varied and better for bees to eat because scientists have worried that large land tracts that grow only one crop have hurt bee nutrition.

FILE - This May 10, 2013, file photo shows a genetically engineered potato poking through the soil of a planting pot inside J.R. Simplot's lab in southwestern Idaho. The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.   (AP Photo/John Miller, File)

“Recently, a leading global company asked AMS to help verify that the corn and soybeans it uses in its products are not genetically engineered so that the company could label the products as such,” Vilsack wrote in the letter. “AMS worked with the company to develop testing and verification processes to verify the non-GE claim.”

In this March 23, 2015 photo, Gustavo Hernandez, a worker with Taylor Shellfish Farms, selects geoduck giant clams for packing near Shelton, Wash. Demand in Asia for the giant clams is prompting shellfish farmers to grow more of the marine bivalve along Washington’s private tidelands. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

“It’s gained this luxury status. A big driver is the growing middle class in China,” said Gina Shamshak, an assistant economics professor at Goucher College, who has researched the geoduck market. She added: “They want to consume the higher-valued seafood items, and geoduck is one of them.”

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