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Making moonshine and molasses [VIDEO]

John McEntire is possibly the only person in the world who grows Crooked Creek Corn, a once-common crop in the South that is now the chief ingredient in Troy and Sons' moonshine. On our trip across North Carolina, we stopped at his farm, heard stories, and tasted both the moonshine and a special juice made from sorghum stalks.

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Native American farmers share their stories [VIDEO]

On our way across North Carolina, we stopped to chat with some Native American farmers trying to change the food and work situation in their communities. Plagued with high poverty rates and little access to good food, these folks were inspiring in their efforts to farm in a sustainable way:

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A place for the animals [VIDEO]

We've made films about hunting pigs and squirrels, about fishing for trout and diving for sea urchins, and we've been to many ranches. For this episode we decided to go in a different direction. On small farms across the country, some very compassionate people are providing a sanctuary for animals to live out their lives without fear of being eaten. At Star Gazing Farm in Maryland, we filmed one shining example.

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An easy shell: Sustainable oysters [VIDEO]

Our videos are often inspired by whatever it is I'm in the mood to eat. Such was the case with this short trip we took along the Rappahannock River in Virginia, where oyster farmers are helping clean the Chesapeake Bay and replenishing the native oyster population (now down to just 1 percent of what it once was). These bivalves are a remarkable, sustainable food and if you are in an oyster-growing region, I recommend you partake as soon as possible. Winter is oyster season! (Just make sure your cameraperson isn't prone to seasickness.)

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One man’s trash: Dumpster diving for breakfast [VIDEO]

Around 40 percent of the food we produce in the U.S. gets tossed; but that's not to say a lot of it isn't still edible. Here's the story of a father who feeds his family with perfectly good finds from dumpsters behind Trader Joe's and Whole Foods (and admits that most of his newborn baby's molecules probably originate from dumpster food). Join us as we dumpster dive with him and make breakfast from the treasures we find:

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Slaughterhouse rules: Inside a halal butchershop [VIDEO]

New York City: A lot of unusual things happen beneath the surface here. You don't notice most of them until someone points them out. Madani Halal slaughterhouse is a great example; it's down a backstreet in a little-known neighborhood in Queens. Every day, folks line up around the corner to choose their own live chicken or goat, watch it get slaughtered, and then take it home for dinner. In this video, we meet Imran Uddin, who left a career in corporate advertising to run the business his father started in 1996. He shows us the process and talks about how the business …

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Farming: A New York state of mind [VIDEO]

Farms aren't the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of New York City. But walk along its streets and you will pass hundreds of urban gardens; jump across its rooftops and you might find yourself in the middle of a commercial farm. Heck, drive just 20 minutes from downtown and you could discover a full-fledged experimental farming community. New York has a lot to offer -- farming is no exception. This week, we visited three very different farmers and heard their take on the city and how growing food plays a role in (and is influenced by) …

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Turkeyless interlude [VIDEO]

Turkey gets a lot of airtime this week. There a million recipes to brine, baste, smoke, and stuff the bird as well as a plethora of ways to make mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato pie. So I decided to do a little twist on our traditional Thanksgiving meal and take a "road less traveled" with the ole standbys:  Leek, celery root, and pumpkin seed stuffing Raw brussel sprouts and wild rice salad Mashed sunchokes Get the recipes here.

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Don’t bug me, I’m eating [VIDEO]

Join us on a bug hunt with David Gracer, an entomophagy (bug eating) expert who makes a pretty good case for making wider culinary use of insects. In a world of factory farms and genetically modified foods, catching your own eight-legged friends might just be the sensible way to go. And chances are, you eat bugs every day. Watch us cook up and taste a wide variety of crickets, grasshoppers and other critters. Yum.

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Lobstermen pinch and save [VIDEO]

We see lobster served in fancy restaurants so often that it's easy to forget there are places where it is caught and sold for under $3 a pound. We recently spent time in Maine -- home of some of the world's best lobsters -- and familiarized ourselves with the process of catching these amazing shellfish. We got on a lobster boat at 4:00 am to film a day on the job. From there we got to see a gorgeous sunrise, and watched this lobsterman and his daughter pull in traps for hours, then throw back the small (or very large) …

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