Vitamin D and Coronavirus Disparities

Published Friday, April 17, 2020
Black Americans are dying of Covid-19 at a higher rate than whites. Socioeconomic factors such as gaps in access to health care no doubt play a role. But another possible factor has been largely overlooked: vitamin D deficiency that weakens the immune system. Researchers last week released the first data supporting this link. They found that the nations more»

Kennett Square mushroom grower’s $115 million expansion is a big bet for New York investor

Published Thursday, January 30, 2020
Owners of one of Chester County’s biggest mushroom growers have proposed the local industry’s biggest expansion in recent years, a potentially transforming development in an industry that has been struggling with expensive antitrust litigation, foreign competition, and a labor shortage. South Mill Champs, one of North America’s more»

From MSG Scare to MVP Status: How We Learned to Love Umami

Published Thursday, January 30, 2020

It’s what makes miso mouthwatering and Doritos delectable. Some chefs have even taken this savory ‘fifth flavor’ to extremes. Now a more balanced approach is replacing umami bombs with newly nuanced recipes


Freshness key for state's largest mushroom farm

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020
MIAMI, Okla. — Each morning, it’s a mad rush at J-M Farms. The staff has only 36 hours to get its mushrooms out to markets as far away as Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to maintain their freshness. Nearly 60% of the farm’s business is as a wholesaler to restaurants, the rest to retail markets. Walmart is its largest more»

Mushroom markets see strong demand after holidays

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The run-ups to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are peak sales periods for mushrooms, but there’s a post-holiday run on the product, as well, marketers say. “Demand for mushrooms has continued to climb, year over year,” said Kevin Delaney, vice president of sales and marketing at Avondale, Pa.-based grower-shipper To-Jo Mushrooms. more»

Making space for ‘shrooms — Mushrooms demand more room at retail

Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Retailers have been giving more room to mushrooms in recent years as the plant-based trend drives interest in the produce department’s favorite fungus. “Real estate within the produce department comes at a premium, but mushrooms command no less than 20 linear feet in most of our stores, sometimes even more,” said Michael Schutt, produce more»

USDA report shows more than half of foods tested have pesticide residues

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019
While more than half of the foods tested had pesticide residues, less than 1 percent of the commodities covered by the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program had levels above legal limits. The annual report from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers testing for 2018 and was released this month. The numbers vary little more»

'Magic mushroom' ingredient could be used to treat depression, study says

Published Friday, December 13, 2019
"Magic mushrooms" may have moved one step closer to becoming a treatment for depression. The active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms is called psilocybin -- and a new British study suggests it could safely be used to treat depression when other drugs have failed, offering hope to millions of patients worldwide. The study, conducted by King's College more»
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