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4:54 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Why wine distributors should give screw-cap wine a chance

About 10 years ago, when the occupationally snooty world of wine was introduced to the radical idea of putting screw caps on bottles of fine wine, the reaction in some quarters was utter horror.

Until then, the only wines with screw caps to be found anywhere were hip pocket-sized bottles of reinforced wines called Night Train and White Lightening.

In 2004, a study found more than half of American consumers and 60% of British wine drinkers the idea of screw caps on their fine wine.

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The Environment Report
12:27 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Seafood Watch gives a passing grade to most commercially-sold Great Lakes fish

The newest update to the Seafood Watch website lists five Great Lakes fish.

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 4:52 pm

There’s a new report card of sorts out on fish sold commercially from the Great Lakes.

It’s from Seafood Watch. That’s a program at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

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The Environment Report
12:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

MSU researchers test way to avoid frost damage in orchards

The cherry blossoms on the right were delayed using a sprayer to keep the buds cool.
Michigan State University

Spring came early in Michigan three years ago — very early — and fruit crops were later wiped out by frost. That has some researchers in Lansing asking if there's a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year.

It's no secret what cause a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring — warmth. So if you want to slow down that process you just spray cold water on the tree.

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Climate Change
4:55 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Researchers have an idea to avoid frost damage in orchards

The cherry blossoms on the right were delayed using a sprayer to keep the buds cool.
Credit Michigan State University

Spring of 2012 came quite early in Michigan and fruit crops were wiped out by frost. That event spurred some researchers in Lansing to ask if there’s a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year. There is a way and with new technology it might even be affordable for fruit growers.

It’s no secret what causes a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring: heat. So if you want to delay that event, you spray cold water on the tree.

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Local Food
1:29 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cheese industry poised for expansion in Michigan

Sue Kurta making Swiss.
Credit Tom Carr

Artisan cheesemaking is on the rise in Michigan, though it’s not an easy business to get into. The number of small, independent cheese producers in Michigan is expected to nearly double in the near future.

Sue Kurta is among those leading the way. As she stirs the curdling milk that will become Swiss cheese, you can see the colorful tattoos that cover her arms. They’re pictures of pineapples, a cruise ship and other upbeat things.

“It stirs for quite a long time like this and if you don’t give it a toss, it can mat together,” Kurta says.

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