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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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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs a Fresh Take and Taste of America

Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs a Fresh Take and Taste of America

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there’s more to American cuisine than fast food.

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California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

California produces most of America’s vegetables and nuts. Yet there’s little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Double Trouble for Coffee: Drought and Disease Send Prices Up

Double Trouble for Coffee: Drought and Disease Send Prices Up

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that’s crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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How Russia’s Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

How Russia’s Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the Soviet Union’s communal kitchens, many families jockeyed for one stove. Apartments were crowded, food was scarce and government informants were everywhere. Still, some found joy and connection.

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With Cartels on the Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More of the Green

With Cartels on the Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More of the Green

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to a big spring crop in Veracruz and police crackdowns on drug cartels, high prices for Mexican limes are falling earthward, just in time for summer cocktails. Mexican farmers are celebrating.

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Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can’t always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food

How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Corporate sponsorship of professional events for nutritionists has been on the rise. But should the gatekeepers of nutrition information be taking free meals and snacks from McDonald’s and Hershey’s?

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Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

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Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

| May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

These days more and more foods are straddling the line between prepared and unprepared, taxable and nontaxable. And that leaves policymakers with a strange conundrum: what to do about pizza.

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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

| May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

When crops are surrounded by high levels of carbon dioxide, they’re more productive. But they may have lower concentrations of some crucial nutrients, which could increase malnutrition in the future.

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Vermont’s GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

Vermont’s GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vermont gets ready to become the first state to require food producers to label products that are genetically modified, but not without preparing for major legal battles with companies like Monsanto.

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The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food

The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the first installment of the new season of Hidden Kitchens, The Kitchen Sisters explore how Sicilians are reclaiming farmland and providing Mafia-free jobs in a region gripped by corruption.

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Agribusiness Funds ‘Farmland’ To Counter Hollywood Message

Agribusiness Funds ‘Farmland’ To Counter Hollywood Message

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Films like Food Inc. and King Corn highlight the evils of big agriculture. Now farmers are hitting back with their own movie, Farmland. It was funded by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

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