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Double Mountain Brewery founder Matt Swihart grabs freshly bottled pale ale from the bottling line in Hood River. The ale is among the first to be sold in Oregon's new refillable beer bottles. Cassandra Profita/OPB/Earthfix hide caption

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Large fishing boats use voluminous trawl nets, longlines miles in length, and other industrial gear to catch fish on the high seas, which can destroy habitats and kill other sea life. Christopher Costello/NPR hide caption

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Pigs in a pen in a village in Linquan County, China. Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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A Deadly Virus Threatens Millions Of Pigs In China

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The champagne grape harvest in northeastern France, like this one near Mailly-Champagne, started early this year due to lack of rain. Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Champagne Makers Bubble Over A Bumper Crop Caused By European Drought

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The Big Iron Farm Show draws thousands of farmers and farm equipment-makers to a fairground in West Fargo, N.D. For many this year, concerns about crop yields have been eclipsed by worries about President Trump's trade policies. Jim Zarroli/NPR hide caption

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Farmers Hope For China Trade Deal, But For Now They Worry About Tariffs' Impact

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Gary Wagner, a blind Buffalo resident and subscriber to an app that connects him to a shopping assistant, looks for hot sauce at a Wegmans store in Amherst, New York. Ronald Peralta/WBFO hide caption

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Manure lagoons on hog farms like this one in eastern North Carolina flooded after Hurricane Floyd swept through in 1999, creating environmental and health concerns for nearby rivers. Farmers are worried that the scenario will repeat after Hurricane Florence hits this week. John Althouse/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hog Farmers Scramble to Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

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Dairy farmer Dominique Rochat says the Swiss government's water deliveries have allowed him to keep his cows in the high mountains. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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High And Dry: Swiss Army Airlifts Water To Cows In Drought-Stricken Mountains

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After Hurricane Maria, Chef José Andrés Had A 'Crazy Dream' To Feed Puerto Rico

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Food Safety Scares Are Up In 2018. Here's Why You Shouldn't Freak Out

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While many Americans only know one kind of pomegranate — the ruby red Wonderful — there are actually dozens of varieties with different flavor and heartiness profiles. Sean Nealon/University of California, Riverside hide caption

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Mozzeria is one of the most talked-about pizzerias in the heart of a vibrant San Francisco neighborhood. Every staff member employed at the restaurant identifies as deaf or hard of hearing. Courtesy of Mozzeria, San Francisco hide caption

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Okra slime changes when its pH changes. To make okra less slimy, says botanist Katherine Preston, cook it with an acid, which changes the properties of the molecules in the mucilage and renders it far less viscous. Southerners cook okra with tomatoes, which provide plenty of acid. Mary Mathis/NPR hide caption

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Researchers are using underwater microphones to help better understand the extensive array of animals living in oyster reefs. James Morrison/WUNC hide caption

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A new report suggests that when consumers buy sustainably-certified coffee, they have little way of knowing whether or how their purchase helps growers. MediaforMedical/Michel Cardoso/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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