A fresh study looks at what happens after people change their meat-eating habits. Those who upped their intake — about 3.5 servings more per week — saw their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes during four years of follow-up increase by almost 50 percent.
It doesn’t take much effort to find bags of coffee with labels that promise social and environmental improvements. But each one of these certification programs promises something different for the farmer and the land — and every promise involves some compromises.
Apples, oranges and … squirrel? A new interactive map pinpoints more than a half-million locations around the world open to foraging for typical and not-so-typical free foods.
Coffee is social stimulant, solitary pleasure, intellectual catalyst. It also connects us to far corners of the globe. From small specialty farms in Guatemala to large, industrial operations in Brazil and unexpected corners of the world, like Vietnam, the world’s morning cup of joe makes quite a journey.
How are you getting dirty this Earth Day? Stephanie Rosenbaum offers tips for starting an edible spring garden this weekend.
Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they’re a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.
A government sugar subsidy program is often criticized for keeping sugar prices too high. But now prices are falling and the government may buy 400,000 tons of sugar to help struggling sugar processors. Critics say the government’s involvement in the sugar business should end.
Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.
Congress on Thursday approved stopgap funding legislation that includes language explicitly granting the USDA authority to override a judge’s ruling against genetically modified crops. Critics denounce the measure as the “Monsanto Protection Act.” But it seems to be codifying powers the USDA already has exercised in the past.
Demand for local foods is growing, but in many places, there still aren’t efficient networks for getting them to consumers. A San Francisco startup called Good Eggs is trying out a new model: It’s acting as the middleman, letting customers order from lots of different local producers and then delivering straight to their homes.
Got food? Stephanie Rosenbaum takes an early-morning trip into the bustle of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, the city’s biggest business you’ve never seen.
When it comes to pollinating our favorite crops — from coffee to watermelon — honeybees can’t do it alone. Wild bees in the field play a critical role in creating bumper crops, a massive new study reports. But these bees are disappearing, and scientists say the rise of crop monocultures is partly to blame.
When it comes to protecting the environment and issues like worker well-being and women’s rights, 10 of the world’s biggest food producers get failing grades from Oxfam, an activist group for the poor.
A Cuban-American Chez Panisse chef talks about her recent trip to Cuba as part of a culinary diplomacy tour in a story by BAB’s Sarah Henry.