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California grows almost half the fruits and vegetables in the U.S. It’s also deep in drought and some farms are short on water. That may sound like a chance for Midwestern farmers to churn out more peppers and broccoli, but it’s not that simple.

The California drought is not the golden opportunity that it may seem, not yet. Even in a drought California still has big advantages over the Midwest.

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Susanne Byerly can laugh now, four years later, talking about how she and her husband were trying to eat healthy food when they bought ground turkey for their spaghetti dinner.

Byerly, along with her husband, Jerry, and their two-year-old, Jack, were on vacation with extended family in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. While buying supplies at a local grocery store, they decided to swap ground beef for poultry because they were watching their weight.

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The local food scene has exploded in recent years, which means there’s a lot more local produce on dinner tables. It also means that during the spring season as small farms start ramping back up, they have to work a bit harder to attract new customers.

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, allow subscribers to connect directly with a farm, and remain a mainstay for local farmers looking to latch on to consistent revenue.

Jason Brown

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, you may be making plans to enjoy a concert or a Cardinal game when the opportunity arises. However, there is always a chance to get scammed when you make your ticket purchase. When you arrive at the ballpark or concert arena and find out your ticket is no good -- but a fake -- it can ruin an otherwise enjoyable outing. How can you avoid this situation?

    

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For decades, food companies have been deliberately bumping up the salt, sugar and fat levels in processed foods to get us hooked. That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Moss argues in his 2013 book “Salt, Sugar and Fat: How The Food Giants Got Us Hooked.”

Those unhealthy foods have played a big part in our current epidemic of health problems, including obesity and diabetes, according to Moss.

Here’s what Moss said when he spoke with reporter Alex Smith.

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