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June 19, 2019


La Cocina: A Food Business Incubator For Immigrant Women

Since 2005, San Francisco's La Cocina has helped low-income entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Some went on to recognition from the prestigious James Beard awards. A new book tells their stories.

June 18, 2019


How Almonds Went From Deadly To Delicious

In a new study, researchers pinpoint the genetic mutation that transformed almonds from toxic and bitter to tasty and sweet.

June 17, 2019


Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer's ideals. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.

June 14, 2019


Midwestern Farmers Resist USDA Efforts to Bring Agencies Closer

Indiana farmer Liz Brownlee heads to the nation's capital to testify on behalf of Indiana Young Farmers.

June 12, 2019


Organic Farming Has A Plastic Problem

Many organic farmers rely on plastic as a form of mulch, but it ends up in landfills. Biodegradable plastic could help, but some worry about its long-term effects on soil health and the environment.

June 11, 2019


Kelp Has Been Touted As The New Kale, But It Has Been Slow To Catch On

While the seaweed has a lot of things going for it in terms of nutrition and climate friendliness, the lack of infrastructure to process it and people's tastes have not been quick to adopt it.

June 10, 2019


A Fight Over Beef Jerky Reveals Trump Era Tensions Over SNAP

Retailers that accept SNAP benefits must stock a variety of staple foods, including a minimum number of fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy and grain options. Now there's a fight over what counts.

June 5, 2019


Stinking Rich? Malaysia Aims To Cash In On China’s Durian Craze

A single durian could fetch $100 in China, where appetite for the spiky, pungent fruit is booming. Now Malaysia wants to make durian a leading export, and the rush to plant and invest is on.

June 4, 2019


Leah Chase, The ‘Queen Of Creole Cuisine,’ Dies At 96

As executive chef and co-owner of Dooky Chase's restaurant, Chase made the eatery a hub for the African American community of New Orleans and a meeting place for pioneers of the civil rights movement.

June 3, 2019


Parsi Cafes, A Centuries-Old Tradition In India, Are Vanishing

Since the 1800s, these cafes have flourished in Mumbai. They've helped keep alive the culture and cuisine of Parsis — Zoroastrians who fled Persia centuries ago. Now, that tradition is fading.

May 29, 2019


To Reduce Food Waste, FDA Urges ‘Best If Used By’ Date Labels

Confusion over whether a food is still safe to eat after its "sell by" or "use before" date accounts for about 20% of food waste in U.S. homes, the FDA says. The new wording aims to clear that up.

May 28, 2019


Beer Archaeologists Are Reviving Ancient Ales

From pre-Incan to Viking-inspired to a George Washington porter, these beer scientists devote their resources toward re-creating age-old flavors. And sometimes that leads to some sticky situations.

May 27, 2019


OPINION: The Barriers To Cooking From Scratch

Though a new study shows that eating unprocessed food is healthier, home-cooked meals require resources that food experts take for granted, such as money and time, the authors of a new book argue.

May 24, 2019


Meating In The Middle: The Challenge of Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Farms

Agriculture is the leading producer of methane emissions in the U.S. Is there a way to raise beef sustainably?

May 24, 2019


Online SNAP Could Eliminate Food Deserts – And Cause More Problems

A pilot program allows SNAP recipients to purchase food online.

May 24, 2019


Local School Lunch Debt Fund Falls Short

A fund to cover student lunch debt was established in response to "lunch-shaming" practices in schools. But the fund hasn't kept pace with the charges.

May 22, 2019


Why Some Wineries Are Becoming ‘Certified B Corp’

To be certified, a business must operate according to three principles of sustainability: people, planet and profit. B Corp wineries are investing in farmworkers, but some say it's still not enough.

May 21, 2019


Unraveling The Links Between Breast Cancer And Diet

A new study finds that women who ate a low-fat diet and more fruits, vegetables and grains, lowered their risk of dying from breast cancer. But which of those factors provided the protective effect?

May 20, 2019


Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain

"Landmark" study finds a highly processed diet spurred people to overeat compared with an unprocessed diet, about 500 extra calories a day. That suggests something about processing itself is at play.

May 17, 2019


Cage-Free Egg Bills Reveal Industry Influence

Washington has followed California’s example with a law to phase out eggs from caged hens, but the legislation uses egg industry definitions for “cage-free.”

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