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Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Shelling out dough at the grocery store can often feel painful. But Americans on average actually spend far less on food relative to their income than they did 50 years ago.

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When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

| February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.

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Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers worry that if those workers gain legal status, they will leave agriculture. But some workers say they would stay.

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Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos

Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vegetable tattoos, both temporary and permanent, can make for beautiful body art. Some enthusiasts are hoping to use them to encourage healthy, seasonal eating.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The British are very specific about how they take their tea: black, with milk and sugar. But steeping the optimal cup requires a surprising amount of chemistry. Here’s a guide to the science.

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Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many coastal communities that harvest shellfish could soon be hurt by ocean acidification, a study finds. The Pacific Northwest and New England are hot spots, as are estuaries along the East Coast.

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Feeding Babies Foods With Peanuts Appears To Prevent Allergies

Feeding Babies Foods With Peanuts Appears To Prevent Allergies

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Babies who ate the equivalent of about 4 heaping teaspoons of peanut butter weekly were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by their fifth birthday. So finds a landmark new study.

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Freight Farms: Entrepreneurs Modify Shipping Containers to Grow Local Produce Year-Round

Freight Farms: Entrepreneurs Modify Shipping Containers to Grow Local Produce Year-Round

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Big metal shipping containers are often used to import food from around the globe. Now, two Boston entrepreneurs are modifying those containers to grow local produce hydroponically, 365 days a year.

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Have Big-Box Superstores Helped To Make Us Fat?

Have Big-Box Superstores Helped To Make Us Fat?

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

A study argues that the density of restaurants and large-scale food retailers in parts of the U.S. has been a major factor in the rise of obesity. But some see it as a “chicken and egg” problem.

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Why Some States Want To Legalize Raw Milk Sales

Why Some States Want To Legalize Raw Milk Sales

| February 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

Selling unpasteurized milk across state lines is illegal because it poses a threat to public health. But raw milk sales are growing nonetheless. Legalization would let states regulate a risky market.

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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It’s the result of a dockworker labor dispute that’s jammed operations.

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Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can’t quite perceive the taste.

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Hollywood Food Stylists Know: You Can’t Film Styrofoam Cake And Eat It, Too

Hollywood Food Stylists Know: You Can’t Film Styrofoam Cake And Eat It, Too

| February 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Melissa McSorley’s job is to make food look good — and last — on camera. Sometimes that means cooking 800 Cubano sandwiches, other times it means scooping butter instead of ice cream.

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How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Where there’s pot, there’s often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we’re full.

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