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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

March 6, 2014

More Produce, Less Potatoes 

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Healthy Changes Coming To WIC Program

Changes to the WIC program include more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, yogurt and fish.

March 5, 2014

Growing Similarity 

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Global Diets Become More Similar

We aren't so different after all, and that could be a bad thing when it comes to the global food supply.

February 27, 2014

Sea Change? 

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Obesity Rate Declining In Young Children

The obesity rate dropped 43 percent for young children over the past decade, marking the first major decline in the obesity epidemic.

February 27, 2014

Healthy Schools 

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New Guidelines Say No To Unhealthy Marketing In Schools

Unhealthy foods are already being taken out of school lunches. Next up is the removal of unhealthy food marketing in schools.

February 26, 2014

Small Scale 

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Proposed Food Safety Rules Clash With Organic Farmers

Organic farmers are raising opposition to FDA food safety rules that will put the squeeze on small-production farms.

February 26, 2014

Historic Drought 

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Drought In California Bumps Supermarket Prices

Some parts of California haven't seen rain since July 1. This week, farmers were told they will not receive water from government reservoirs.

February 21, 2014

Food Supply 

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Going GMO-Free In America: Risks And Resources

In the United States, more than 75 percent of food contains genetically modified ingredients. What's a GMO-free consumer to do?

February 20, 2014

Rising Need 

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More Military Families Using Food Stamps

Food stamp use at military groceries has risen for the sixth straight year.

February 12, 2014

Health and Income 

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No Quick Fix For Food Deserts

A new study finds that simply opening stores that offer fresh produce doesn't mean residents in food deserts will change their eating habits.

February 10, 2014

Class I Recall 

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USDA Recalls Beef Unfit For Human Consumption

Nearly 9 million pounds of beef have been recalled after the USDA discovered diseased animals were processed without proper oversight.

February 4, 2014

GMO Ban 

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Russia Introduces Bill To Ban GMOs

Russian lawmakers aim to restrict GMO imports and ban GMO production within the country.

January 29, 2014

Calories and Sugar 

Strawberry jam lists sugar and high fructose corn syrup as its top ingredients.

FDA Will Update Nutrition Labels

Nutrition science has changed over the past 20 years, but nutrition labels on food haven't — until now.

January 22, 2014

Change is Ripe 

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Wal-Mart Agrees To Fair Food Program In Florida

In a major win for organized labor groups, Wal-Mart has agreed to pay 1 cent more per pound of tomatoes.

January 17, 2014

Hunger and Health 

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Best (And Worst) Countries To Get A Healthy Meal

Instead of ranking culinary prowess, the Good Enough to Eat index measures a country's supply of nourishing foods.

January 8, 2014

No to Trans Fats 

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Better With Butter: Consumption Reaches 40-Year High

In the past decade alone, butter consumption jumped 25 percent as Americans limit their intake of trans fats.

January 7, 2014

Meat Mystery 

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China Wal-Marts Apologize for Tainted Donkey Meat

Chinese consumers skeptical over food safety have another reason to be concerned. Fox-tainted donkey meat was sold at the country's Wal-Marts.

December 30, 2013

A Quarter For A Carrot? 

Fruit and vegetables

Pay Kids To Eat Vegetables? It Might Just Work

Kids are trashing the fruits and veggies served for school lunches. A study suggests paying them to eat the good stuff will increase consumption, reduce waste.

December 18, 2013

New Beginning? 

Sanlu Headquarters

Chinese Brand Involved In Melamine Scandal Goes Organic

Under new ownership, Sanlu is attempting to rebrand with organic grains. The question is will Chinese consumers buy in?

December 18, 2013

Faster Food 

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Food So Fast You Don’t Even Have To Stop And Pay

Five Staten Island Wendy's are testing technology that allows cars to pay for fast food using hands-free technology mounted on the windshield.

December 16, 2013

Growth Enhancement 

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FDA Announces Plan To Curb Antibiotic Use In Animals

Use of antibiotics to grow farm animals has been blamed for growing antibiotic resistance in humans across the United States. New rules could help curb that.

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