Around the web this week: April 3

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From dinner kits to off-grid butchers in Montana, here are six stories to read from this past week:

Dinner kits, designed by women

They’ve been around for a few years, and Blue Apron is one of the suppliers. Dinner kits are a growing phenomenon that allows a team of individuals to work with farmers and put together a menu, then ship fresh ingredients and recipes to consumers. According to Fortune, Blue Apron’s sourcing team is 100 percent female, and a lot of the ingredients they choose are grown by women.


Cicada Brood V will be here soon. West Virginia University Extension reminds Mountain State residents that when soil temperatures rise above 64 degrees F in May, cicada nymphs will begin to appear. They’ll be around for a few weeks to reproduce, and then they’ll die.

Eat less meat, they say

There’s a relationship between the food we eat and the impact it has on the environment. The Netherlands Nutrition Centre recently published a new set of dietary guidelines that recommend only two servings, or no more than 500 grams, of meat each week. National Geographic’s The Plate has more on how countries are shifting their nutritional advice.

Female Farmer Project

Women play an important role in agriculture, as Farm and Dairy chronicled in its 2015 You Go, Girl! Series. Audra Mulkern has been documenting the faces of farming since 2013, and what she’s seen has broken the typical farmer mold more than once. Read The Seattle Times article to view some of the photos Mulkern has captured of female farmers from around the world.

Chronic wasting disease

In Maryland, chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in five more deer. The Patriot-News says that Maryland and Pennsylvania are two of the more than 23 states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been found. The fatal disease affects the brain and central nervous system of deer, elk and moose.

“The Gleaners”

In rural Montana, there’s a group of people who have left their urban upbringings in search of a life that brings them closer to the land. CNN talked with a photographer who visited these people to learn more about their way of living, which includes reliance on skills that have been forgotten by many in the age of industrial technology.


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