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Liz Leslie

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

Recent Posts by Liz Leslie

June 18, 2013

Waste Not 

Dimly lit apple core sits in front of a black backdrop

New York Pilots City-Wide Compost Program

New York City throws 1.2 million tons of food waste into landfills every year. Mayor Bloomberg hopes the city's new composting program will change that.

June 13, 2013

Soda Strikes Back 

kid drinking orange soda

Soda Back In Spotlight: Kids Drink Less, NYC Still Wants Ban

Sugary beverage consumption has gone down over the past decade, especially by children.

June 11, 2013

Cheap And Fresh? 

variety of local vegetables

Walmart Commits to Buying Produce From Local Growers

As part of its healthy food initiative, Wal-Mart has announced it will buy 80 percent of its fresh produce directly from local growers.

June 11, 2013

SNAP and Subsidies 

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Farm Bill Passes Senate With Bipartisan Support

The farm bill passed the Senate Monday with cuts to SNAP and direct payments to farmers. The bill did include subsidies for peanut and rice farmers.

June 8, 2013

Label Law 

Seats at the Connecticut State Capitol

Connecticut Passes First GMO Law — With A Catch

This week, Connecticut passed the first law in the nation requiring food containing GMOs to be labeled.

June 3, 2013

Bringin' Home The Bacon 

A small pig stands behind a fence

Smithfield Bought By Chinese Company Shuanghui

In the largest proposed takeover by a Chinese company, pork producer Shuanghui has proposed to buy Smithfield to meet rising Chinese demand.

May 14, 2013

Environmental Impact 

The yellow wheels of a center-pivot irrigation system on tilled farmland

New GMO Products Delayed Due To USDA Review

Monsanto and Dow Chemical have been developing new genetically-modified seeds, but the USDA has hit the brakes on their release to market.

May 14, 2013

Don't tell Jared  

Neon signage for a Subway restaurant

Easy To Eat As Many Calories At Subway As McDonald’s

A new study has found that Subway patrons eat about as many calories as those who go to McDonald's.

May 7, 2013

Bee Report 

Macro shot of a bee gathering nectar from a yellow flower

High Fructose Corn Syrup Could Affect Bee Health

No one factor is to blame for mass bee deaths, but industrial diets may be making bees more susceptible to harmful pesticide exposure.

May 2, 2013

Turkey Talk 

Close up of a turkey with white feathers and a red face

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found In Turkey Samples

Widespread antibiotic use in poultry production may be leading to antibiotic-resistant bugs in turkeys.

May 1, 2013

Ban For Bees 

A bee sits on a white flower

Pesticides Connected To Bee Deaths Banned In Europe

Bees have been dying worldwide, causing concern for global food supply. This week, the EU has taken a step to protect the bees from pesticides.

April 30, 2013

Hyper 

Two cups of black coffee side-by-side on a wooden table

Caffeinated Gum Sparks FDA Investigation

Each piece of Wrigley's new "Alert Energy" gum contains a half-cup of coffee's worth of caffeine.

April 29, 2013

Right To Know? 

Ten grain silos side-by-side at dusk

Bill Introduced Would Require GMO Labeling

Advocates of the new bill say consumers deserve to know what they are feeding their families.

April 25, 2013

Health And Sugar 

Black and white photo of insulin needle

Sugary Soda Linked To Diabetes In Large European Study

Consuming sugary beverages daily has been associated with an increased risk of diabetes and stroke, a recent study finds.

April 22, 2013

Smells Fishy 

The heads of three fish hung up by their tails

Certification Group’s Sustainability Measures Questioned

The Marine Stewardship Council is one of the largest and most trusted certification bodies in sustainable seafood.

April 15, 2013

Outbreak Expands 

KFC China

Chinese Bird Flu Outbreak Impacts KFC

The H7N9 bird flu has Chinese consumers concerned about one of their favorite fast foods.

April 8, 2013

Deadly Flu 

Close-up of left-facing pigeon head

New Strain Of Bird Flu Detected In China

Bird flu has been detected in live pigeons for sale in China. So far, six people have died and 16 fallen ill.

April 3, 2013

Halo Effect 

Bokeh photo of doughnut covered in rainbow sprinkles

Foods Labelled ‘Organic’ Perceived As Better, Study Finds

According to recent research, simply calling a food "organic" causes it to be perceived very differently.

March 29, 2013

Dark Rider 

Satellite view of dozens of center pivot irrigation systems

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Quietly Passes Senate, Becomes Law

The act, which was inserted into the stopgap budget bill, tells the USDA it can go against court rulings to allow GMO cultivation. But is this a new power?

March 29, 2013

Healthy Beginnings 

Apples in a bowl

Healthy School Lunches Lead To Healthier Eating, Study Finds

The new research lends empirical support to state-mandated fruit and veggie minimums.

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