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Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren’t afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

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Where’s The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

Where’s The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Not all whole grain breads are created equal. Choosing breads with fully intact grains (think nuggets of whole rye, wheat or millet) may help control blood sugar and stave off hunger.

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The Latest Wacky Food Adventure: A Year Without Sugar

The Latest Wacky Food Adventure: A Year Without Sugar

| April 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is banning sugar from your home to chronicle the effects on your family a gimmick veiled in a health halo? Actually, there’s a lot to learn from a memoir of obsessive label-reading and weird baking.

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Think You Know How To Cook Eggs? Chances Are You’re Doing It Wrong

Think You Know How To Cook Eggs? Chances Are You’re Doing It Wrong

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Food writer Michael Ruhlman has a new cookbook that’s an homage to eggs. And where do Americans so often go wrong? Ruhlman says we usually overcook even the simplest dish of scrambled eggs.

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Banning Traditional Animal Slaughter, Denmark Stokes Religous Ire

Banning Traditional Animal Slaughter, Denmark Stokes Religous Ire

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The country’s move to require animals to be stunned before being killed is seen by some as an affront to religious methods of slaughter. But now Jews and Muslims are working together to protest it.

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Quinoa Is Kosher For Passover, But Mom May Not Approve

Quinoa Is Kosher For Passover, But Mom May Not Approve

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Orthodox arbiters of kosher inspected quinoa fields in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia. And now for the first time, they’ve given their Passover seal of approval to the ancient “pseudo-cereal.”

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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they’ve found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil’s Dirty Legacy

Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil’s Dirty Legacy

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they’re clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.

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Do Girl Scout Cookies Still Make The World A Better Place?

Do Girl Scout Cookies Still Make The World A Better Place?

| April 1, 2014 | 4 Comments

Obesity docs say it’s time for the Girl Scouts to ditch the processed, sugary cookies and find another way to raise money. But the tradition is deeply ingrained and has been around for a century.

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Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet

Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s new thinking about the effects of fat on our waistlines and our hearts. And consensus is building that saturated fat isn’t the demon we were once told to fear, especially compared with carbs.

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No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A method of extracting eggs from sturgeon without killing or cutting aims to revamp the industry and lower prices for this long-luxe treat. Critics say the idea is great. The taste? That’s debatable.

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