A bill to register hemp farmers with the state has been approved by lawmakers. Now all it needs is the governor's signature before a nine-member committee can begin assisting the Department of Agriculture in developing a process that will allow the good people of Colorado to engage in widespread pla ... More >>
And you thought you had it bad when your mom said, "No cookies until after dinner"...at least your mother didn't devour her young! According to Brian Aucone, vice president for animal care at the Denver Zoo, a wide variety of animals have been documented killing and occasionally cannibalizing their ... More >>
With Red Moon, noted author Benjamin Percy dives into genre fiction with a story about werewolves that live among us, feared and reviled and relegated to the fringes of society. The book fuses literary muscle to a skeleton of horror to create a rare breed of werewolf novel that offers a lot more to ... More >>
There are some foods that are so vile that it defies belief that they ever got created -- let alone stuck around through always-changing markets and tastes. Necessity is the mother of invention, in some cases with shortages and substitutions, but imitation can be flattery, or just cooked up to make ... More >>
Thanks to Amendment 64, industrial hemp is on its way to becoming a legitimate crop in Colorado. Tonight in Loveland, hemp industry bigwigs will gather to discuss how hemp is grown and processed, the market for the crop and what farmers interested in growing it can expect. (For instance, hemp does ... More >>
Did Henry Ford really make a car out of hemp? Was the Declaration of Independence written on hemp paper? Did Abraham Lincoln use hemp oil in his lamps? The hemp plant, a variety of Cannabis sativa that's the subject of this week's cover story "Green Acres," is steeped in lore. Some hemp legends ar ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Green Acres," is all about hemp: its past (outlawed by the feds), its present (resurrected thanks to Amendment 64) and what advocates say is a promising agricultural future. That past includes a push by the federal government during World War II to encourage farmers to g ... More >>
If you're Mark DeNittis, you don't wallow in pig shit when the USDA pulls the pork from underneath your livelihood. Instead, you pick yourself up, eat a sausage or ten (and porchetta, to boot) and map out a future that brings you back to what you love most: the classroom. See also: - Exclusive: Il ... More >>
About a month ago, the government seized five tons of Colorado-grown plant life, and on December 4, members of Congress plan to light it up. No, not that kind of plant life. It's the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and although they won't have the munchies, those in attendance will cert ... More >>
Whole Foods is providing Colorado with a whole lot of local beef these days. In Basalt, a newly opened franchise is teaming up with Crystal River Meats, a Carbondale-based sustainable food company, to provide youth in the RE-1 school district with natural ground beef for school lunches throughout th ... More >>
Colorado stands at the forefront of the nation's organic movement, and Grower's Organic is helping to lead the way, finding organic suppliers and then connecting these farms with retail outlets, delivering fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 150 restaurants, grocery stores and local co-operativ ... More >>
A new program that will provide free meals for schoolchildren this summer starts this week, according to Mayor Michael Hancock. Hancock was at the Curtis Park pool yesterday to announce the Summer Food Service Program, and passed out free lunches to children in the area. "This collaborative pro ... More >>
Representative Jared Polis wants to introduce legislation that promises to reverse Congress's controversial decision to keep pizza lsbeled a "vegetable" in school lunches. "What Congress has done, believe it or not, is defied logic," Polis said in front of a crowd of lunchtime students at Louisville ... More >>
Lakewood mayor Bob Murphy stood in front of Lasley Elementary students today and talked about how the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff view obesity as a national security issue, since 27 percent of all applicants for the armed forces are too obese to serve. The rest of the festivities were more upbeat, bu ... More >>
Last Friday, the Cannabis Alliance for Regulation and Education began collecting signatures for Initiative 70, the third legalization measure to be proposed for the November elections. We caught up with spokesman Rico Colibri, who broke down his proposal and why he feels it is Colorado's best option ... More >>
Denver International Airport has always been sadly lacking a real taste of Colorado cuisine (witness the cup of Nobel Sysco green chile I downed on Concourse A last Friday). And that makes the presentation before Denver City Council's Business, Workforce and Sustainability Committee yesterday ... More >>
Former Westword critic Jason Sheehan was interested in trying horsemeat, "considered a staple in France, a delicacy in Japan and a treat among Italian, Dutch and Belgians." But he couldn't find a source in this country -- and then in 2006, Congress banned funding of horse-meat inspections, essential ... More >>
Oskar Blues is celebrating its CANniversary, the coveted Beaujolais varietal gets released, and there's a lot more in food-and-beverages happening in this week's culinary calendar. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
U.S. Representative Diana DeGette didn't just fall off the turnip truck. She's been concerned about food safety throughout her tenure in Congress, and yesterday, she and California Representative Henry Waxman sent a letter demanding a full investigation into the listeria contamination that's already ... More >>
Taco Bell has kitchens, but we dunno what's cookingTaco Bell's beef tacos are mostly filled with meat...mostly. Or maybe not so much. That's the meaty claim in yet another fast-food lawsuit -- but this time, it's not about supersized asses or a coffee-seared crotch. And strangely enough, so f ... More >>
This pissing match just keeps getting weirder. In light of lab tests alleging that Taco Bell's "meat" is actually only 36 percent meat, Louisiana-based law firm Beasley Allen filed suit against the Mexican fast food chain for false advertising. Angry and insistent that the claims are totally ... More >>
www.funkwerks.comWhen Gordon Schuck and Brad Lincoln were trying to decide where in the United States to open a small brewery that focused solely on Belgian-style saisons, one town kept rising to the top of the list: Fort Collins. "Because of New Belgium, you have a lot of people around town ... More >>
Jeff Fortin surrendered his dog breeding license last week -- much to the delight of animal lovers, who have been complaining about him for years. But he didn't do so before euthanizing 1,200 dogs at his Oberlin, Kansas puppy breeding business, where an outbreak of distemper in December kept ... More >>
Lori MidsonBrad Rowell, chef at Colt & Gray, resolves to eat twenty percent less pork fat per day and replace that with twenty percent more Schlitz Haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet? That makes two of us. But instead of focusing on ourselves, we prodded more than two dozen Denver/ ... More >>
http://www.panoramameats.com/ Panorama Meats, the country's largest grass-fed, organic beef supplier, has selected Kiowa Valley Organics to supply the Whole Foods Market on Pearl Street in Boulder. The California-based Panorama selects farms if "they follow Panorama's raising protocols, whi ... More >>
The winning team plating the winning dishLiveWell Colorado sponsored a nine-week after-school culinary program with three Denver high schools that culminated in the winning team from Martin Luther King Jr. Early College taking home first place at the competition last Friday. The all-female te ... More >>
Ted Turner: savior of the bison industry?Twelve years ago, bison ranchers in the West were feeling fenced in. While demand from restaurants and consumers for steaks, roasts and other prime cuts was just beginning to increase, nobody wanted the rest of the beast -- the parts that get ground u ... More >>
Lindsay Lohan, America's freckled-faced-sweetheart-turned-hot-freakin'-mess is in boiling water yet again. Ms. Lohan is facing thirty days in the slammer after testing positive for cocaine during a mandatory drug test last week. The actress is scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday who ... More >>
It took the Fourmile Canyon fire and the Reservoir Road fire to convince Boulder County and Larimer County to put fire bans in place; click here to read about the former, here to learn about the latter. Kudos, then, to Jefferson County and Golden, which have prohibited burning prior to blazes ... More >>
patboonemeats.com launches November 1, so this photo will have to do for now, Boone fans.Pat Boone, that icon of pure American goodness, has partnered up with a Colorado Springs company on a line of Pat Boone All-American Meats and will start selling his "delicious, tender, juicy, USDA, hand- ... More >>
A Flickr photoIn July, up to two dozen people contracted salmonella after dining at The Fort in Morrison. The likely culprit? Rattlesnake cakes -- specifically, the presence of uncooked eggs in the dish, which has since been removed from the menu. Seems that Montezuma doesn't discriminate be ... More >>
Elway's Downtown might not be the first restaurant that comes to mind when you start thinking of veggie-friendly options. First of all, the Elway's brand has always been more about steak and seafood than tofu and Bibb lettuce -- but I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down for lunch the oth ... More >>
Shauna AhernOne in eight Coloradoans will struggle to put food on the table this holiday season, and 99 percent of food banks in the state have reported an enormous surge in the need for emergency assistance. Kudos, then, to the Colorado Egg Producers, whose Good Egg Project is lending a hel ... More >>
The restaurant garden is so trendy, the concept is almost becoming commonplace. Potager has a garden. So does Colterra. Bistro One and Root Down plan rooftop gardens this spring.But gardens have their limitations. In a garden, you can grow fruit, herbs and vegetables.You can rep these to the public, ... More >>
What's old is new again at Emil-Lene's.
Saddle up, and head south for a taste of the West at Texas Land & Cattle Steak House.
Prepare for a stirring experience at the Swiss Haven Restaurant.
Even in the best of times, farmers and developers fight for Colorado's water. And this summer's drought is far from the best of times.
As spring melts into summer, water users along the St. Vrain could find themselves up the creek.
The fate of the northern goshawk--and the timber industry--could rest with Richard Reynolds. He's not out of the woods yet.
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