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The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space

The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the help of grow lights and air exchange fans, NASA is growing lettuce on the International Space Station. The scheme could help keep food costs down — and keep astronauts happy tending plants.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

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Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmed fish production will have to more than double by 2050 to keep up with global demand, a report finds. And aquaculture can be far more sustainable than meat production, the researchers say.

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At ‘Pestaurant,’ Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say ‘Yuck’

At ‘Pestaurant,’ Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say ‘Yuck’

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

A pest control company and a venerable Washington, D.C., grill teamed up to offer gourmet bugs to anyone who’d try them. The selection included roasted crickets, spiced mealworms and ant lollipops.

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The Secret’s In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off

The Secret’s In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

This summer is bringing a bumper crop of lighter, more subtle wines like Vinho Verde, Riesling and Txakoli. While lower in alcohol, these wines are also winning fans for their low cost.

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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.

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How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery

How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

By testing for radiation, detectives showed that wine bottles purportedly from Thomas Jefferson’s collection were fake. And with wine fraud rising, authentication is getting even more sophisticated.

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Native Americans Have Superfoods Right Under Their Feet

Native Americans Have Superfoods Right Under Their Feet

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Obesity and diabetes rates have soared among Native Americans as sugary, high-carb foods have replaced traditional foods. A study found that 10 wild plants from the Great Plains are highly nutritious.

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Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

A House committee Thursday approved a measure that would give schools a way to opt out of new, federal healthy school lunch standards. But advocates say kids’ health should take precedence.

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Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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Want Your Cheese To Age Gracefully? Cowgirl Creamery’s Got Tips

Want Your Cheese To Age Gracefully? Cowgirl Creamery’s Got Tips

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery were among the first American cheesemakers to be recognized by the prestigious French cheese guild. So they know a thing or two about storing and using old cheese.

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First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Michelle Obama’s fight to help kids eat more healthfully and fight obesity is about to get real. She’s launching a campaign Tuesday to fight congressional efforts to delay new school food rules.

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How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

After Stalin’s death, people in the Soviet Union could begin to debate politics again without fear of repression. This “thawing” took place in private kitchens, where music and art flourished, too.

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Why Some Pet Owners Ditch Chow To Cook For Fido From Scratch

Why Some Pet Owners Ditch Chow To Cook For Fido From Scratch

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Whether for philosophical or health reasons, pet owners are whipping up batches of pet food for their beloved animals. But veterinarians warn that these meals need to be nutritionally balanced.

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