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Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

Recent Posts by Megan Meyer

July 22, 2010

Food Policy 

Petri dish

Drug-Resistant Bugs Prompt Shift To Organic Meat In Hospitals

Concern about antibiotic resistance has prompted the pledges of more than 300 U.S. hospitals to stop serving meat raised with antibiotics.

July 19, 2010

food safety 

Milk drop splashing

Colorado Raw Milk Dairy Back In Business (Almost)

A goat farm in Colorado is cleared to resume distribution of raw milk after last month's string of E. coli and campylobacter outbreaks.

July 15, 2010

Fermented Foods 

Kobucha tea is being pulled from grocers' shelves

Kombucha Tea Draws Fire Over Alcohol Content

Some die-hard Kombucha fans are finding empty store shelves where their favorite fermented tea should be.

July 14, 2010

Childhood Obesity 

First Lady Michelle Obama during live web chat with AOL Health

VIDEO: First Lady Answers Americans’ Questions in Live Video Chat

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted her first live web chat on Tuesday to answer questions about her Let's Move campaign.

July 13, 2010

Food Safety 

Salsa

CDC: Tex-Mex Favorites Are Making Us Sick

Infierno infermo! First, salsa beats out ketchup for the American palette, now it's taking over our bellies.

July 13, 2010

Food Safety 

Bangers and mash

New UK Government Dismembers Food Standards Agency

As the U.K. ushers in a new administration after its elections last month, so, too, is it welcoming new standards for nutrition and food safety regulation.

July 1, 2010

School Lunch Reform 

U.S. Capitol Building

Update: House Committee Takes Up Debate On School Food Proposal

On Thursday, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a full committee hearing to discuss the "Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act."

July 1, 2010

Sustainabile Agriculture 

Tractor in a field

National Research Council Releases Sustainable Agriculture Report

The National Research Council published a report this week entitled 'Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century'

July 1, 2010

Food Safety 

Soup cans are among the products in which BPA is used.

Environmental Organization Sues FDA For Slow Response To BPA Ban

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. FDA for failing to respond to the group's petition to ban BPA.

June 30, 2010

Alternative Sweeteners 

White and raw sugar cubes

Local Sweetness: Breaking Your Cane Sugar Addiction

If you want to keep your "home, sweet home" sweet and close to home, here are some simple ideas to get away from using cane sugar.

June 29, 2010

Food Deserts 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Farmers’ Markets Help Bring Life To Pittsburgh’s Food Deserts

Not all of the earth’s deserts are sandy, arid landscapes - there are also food deserts in cities where residents have difficulty accessing fresh, healthy food.

June 28, 2010

Antibiotics 

Syringe for drugs

FDA Proposes Restrictions On Antibiotic Use For Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration has drafted a proposal to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock as part of an effort to reduce pathogens' resistance.

June 28, 2010

Agribusiness 

Cows out to pasture

Rejection Of Candidate For Iowa Sustainability Center Criticized

The rejection of a candidate for an Iowa State University position has come under scrutiny by critics who imply it bends to pressure from big agriculture.

June 28, 2010

Food Safety 

fruity cereal

Kellogg Recalls 28 Million Boxes Of Cereal

Do your Honey Smacks smack of some strange flavor? Several Kellogg products have been tainted with a waxy chemical.

June 25, 2010

School Food 

Tom Colicchio

Bravo’s Top Chef Tries Hand At School Lunch

Celebrity chefs taking on the challenges of school lunch is becoming a bona fide trend!

June 23, 2010

Marketing Health 

Happy Meal toys

McDonald’s May Face Lawsuit Over Happy Meal Toys

A consumer advocacy group is threatening to sue McDonald's for marketing unhealthy food to children.

June 22, 2010

Eating Meat 

Goats feeding from a trough

Report: Animals Consume More Than Half Of World Crops

A new report reassessed how agricultural resources are used around the world and found that animals - not humans - consume more than half of the world's crops.

June 22, 2010

Green Roofs 

Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art roof garden

Manhattan Scientists Try Aerial Agriculture

Scientists from Columbia University are experimenting with more practical ways to make Manhattan roofs green. Really green. As in covered in vegetation!

June 21, 2010

Pesticides 

strawberries

Change To California Pesticide Regulations Worries Scientists

Scientists and pesticide regulators are at odds over California's recent approval of a toxic pesticide for strawberries.

June 17, 2010

Food Inspection 

Organic Earl Grey tea

USDA Bans Organic Inspector From Inspecting Chinese Food Imports

The USDA found that the Organic Crop Improvement Association was using employees of the Chinese government to inspect Chinese state-run farms.

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