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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

Recent Posts by Liz Leslie

September 23, 2015



Obesity Rates Climb, But Fast Food Not Alone In Blame

According to a couple new reports, obesity rates in every state in America top 20 percent, while one-third of U.S. children are consuming fast food daily.

September 17, 2015



Grades Are In For Restaurants Regarding Antibiotics In Meat

A new report looks at restaurants' policies regarding antibiotic use in meat products. Of the 25 largest fast food chains, only five received passing grades.

September 16, 2015



Pumpkin-Palooza: Farewell To Fruit, Long Live Spice?

Americans love pumpkin-flavored goodies. Since 2011, pumpkin products' sales have jumped 76% -- but the same can't be said for the fruit itself.

September 15, 2015


school lunch

Helping Kids Eat Healthier At School? Give Them Time

A new study found school children are more likely to choose healthy school lunch options if given more time to consume them.

August 26, 2015


German field

Germany Begins GMO Ban; Scotland Urged To Rethink Ban

European Union nations have until October 3 to declare if they want to opt out of future genetically modified crops.

August 21, 2015



Crop Insurance Claims Jump Due To Unusual Weather

Bloomberg News released a study showing crop insurance claims have jumped 48 percent, but analysts remind the season isn't over yet.

August 19, 2015


Puget Sound

Washington Drought Worst Since 1977

Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have put into place a voluntary water reduction call, asking residents to cut water usage by 10 percent.

August 5, 2015



Cyclospora Outbreak Linked To Cilantro

384 people have reported illness in 26 states with cyclosporiasis—the disease caused by a single-cell parasite, cyclospora.

July 30, 2015


Stop and Shop

Ahold Becomes Largest Grocer To Join Fair Food Program

Ahold USA became the largest conventional grocer in America to partner with the CIW's Fair Food Program, ensuring better rights for farmworkers.

July 28, 2015


ice cream

Fat, The Sixth Taste?

Introducing oleogustus: "oleo" is the Latin root word for fatty and "gustus" means taste.

July 23, 2015



House Passes Bill To Block GMO Labeling

A bill that would usurp states' abilities to create mandatory GMO labeling within their borders has passed the House.

July 22, 2015


Fast food strike

Wage Increase Expected For New York’s Fast-Food Employees

After over two years of rallying, New York fast-food workers will likely see a significant increase in their hourly wage.

July 15, 2015


whole foods

Whole Foods Reaches Agreement Over Responsibly Grown Ratings

Whole Foods' "Responsibly Grown" ratings have riled organic farmers who have watched their produce get lower ratings than conventionally grown foods.

July 10, 2015



Calorie Counts Delayed, Rules FDA

Menus across the nation were supposed to post calorie counts by year's end, but the FDA has delayed the deadline.

July 9, 2015



Imagined Smells Linked To Obesity

Researchers have found that people who can vividly imagine smells are more likely to be obese than those who do not.

June 24, 2015



General Mills Removes Artificial Colors, Flavors From Cereal

Spices and fruit and vegetable juices will make up the rainbow of colors when the new Trix cereal hits shelves.

June 23, 2015



Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Nestlé Transforms Zero Water Factory

Nestlé announced it is transforming its California milk plant into a zero-water facility.

June 22, 2015


oreo in milk

What Will Take Trans Fats’ Place?

Trans fats will be phased out in three years—so what will take its place in cookies, frosting and donuts?

June 17, 2015



Trans Fats To Be Phased Out Within Three Years, Says FDA

The FDA has given shelf-stable trans fats an expiration date. They must be phased out of the food system within three years.

June 11, 2015



Monsanto Makes Bid For Swiss Seed Company Syngenta

In an effort to make the world's largest seed and pesticide company, Monsanto has offered to buy Syngenta. But the Swiss company isn't accepting -- yet.

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