From happy Neolithic-era accident to inspiration for student protests to tabletop staple, butter has had quite the ride over the past 10,000 years. A new book tells the story. Lew Rovertson/Getty Images/StockFood hide caption

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Taylor Hutchinson says having subsidized health care costs has been critical to being able to start a farm with her partner, Jake Mendell. Kathleen Masterson/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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Many of the Japanese Americans incarcerated at Tule Lake had been farmers before the war. At camp, they were employed as field workers, often for $12 a month. Here, incarcerees work in a carrot field. Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project via The National Archives hide caption

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'Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook' Comes Back After Falling Out Of Print

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How 'Cheap Eats' Affect The People Who Make And Serve The Food

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Tom Willey has farmed for decades in California's Central Valley. His farm, T&D Willey Farms, is in the process of being taken over by Food Commons Fresno. Willey plans to still help, advise and mentor. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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As California's Organic Farming Pioneers Age, A Younger Generation Steps In

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New Guidelines Seek To Provide Clarity On Food Expiration Dates

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