Episode 120   addthis

    Paul Ryan visits a research center in Virginia where a company named Edenspace is exploring "phytoremediation" – developing plants that actually remove toxins from polluted soil.
    Dawn Smith visits a California grove to discover what it takes to grow mandarins sweet enough to satisfy their avid fans.
    Paul Ryan heads to the arid southwest to witness the October “harvest” at a successful – and remarkable – desert shrimp farm.
    Pat McConahay visits Texas to get the story of a small company developing and producing dehydrated foods that are “ready-to-eat” for people worldwidewide who most need them.
    Paul Ryan closes with a trip to Indiana to learn how ducks are farmed – and how Indiana almost cornered the market.



EdenSpace PlantsEdenSpace Plants
One of our great pleasures on America’s Heartland is discovering some of the lesser known, unusual, even unique products grown and raised by American farmers and ranchers. And not everything grown in the heartland ends up as food, fuel or fiber!



Mandarin Oranges Mandarin Oranges
It’s a product that dates back at least three hundred years. The mandarin orange has traveled a long way from its origins in Asia and the Philippines.



Arizona Desert Sweet ShrimpArizona Desert Sweet Shrimp
While shrimp are at the top of the list of America’s favorite seafood, many of us wouldn’t consider them beautiful. But to Gary Wood of Desert Sweet Shrimp, those small crustaceans are as prized, as precious, as luminous as gold.



Texas Food Dehydration Plant Texas Food Dehydration Plant
There’s nothing like fresh produce. But in the event of a disaster or famine, even dried food can mean the difference between life and death. Getting that essential nutrition to the hopeless and hungry is the goal of a remarkable manufacturing company in Texas.


Maple Leaf Duck Farm Maple Leaf Duck Farm
It’s a specialty product that’s big in Asia and growing quickly in the U.S. Maybe you haven’t tried duck and don’t “quack up,” but some folks in Indiana say their web-footed friends are the next big culinary trend.



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