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April 20, 2018


Republican Farm Bill Increases Requirements For SNAP Recipients

Republicans in Congress have released their version of a new Farm Bill. It imposes new requirements on low-income recipients of food assistance, but continues traditional subsidies for farmers.

April 17, 2018


Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax

A new study suggests that residents of Philadelphia are 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily compared with people in cities that don't have a soda tax in place.

April 16, 2018


Refugee Women Cook Up Syrian Cuisine To Eke Out A Living In Turkey

Many of the millions of Syrians living as refugees in Turkey have realized they're unlikely to make it home soon. So some of the women are turning their knowledge of Syrian cooking into a business.

April 13, 2018


EPA Updates East Chicago Residents on Lead Clean-Up

Spring has arrived, but for people living in parts of East Chicago, Indiana, gardening may not be possible for another three years. That’s how long the EPA said it could take to dig up all the yards contaminated with lead and arsenic in the Calumet and East Calumet neighborhoods. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency […]

April 10, 2018


A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

America's farmers are digging soil like never before. A movement for "regenerative agriculture" is dedicated to building healthier soil and could even lead to a new eco-label on food.

April 5, 2018


Report Blasts Ag Secretary For Dodgy Record

A report from the Union of Concern Scientists warns that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s deregulation and attacks on science threaten to do permanent harm to the USDA.

April 4, 2018


Activists in Mexicali Fight To Keep Their Water Safe From Big Beer

Constellation Brands, which makes beer like Corona, is building a new plant in Mexicali. Local activists say its cozy relations with the government threaten residents' already-limited water supply.

April 3, 2018


A Feast For The Eyes: An Art-Inspired Food Tour At The Met

An ancient Greek shopping list that reads like a modern text. Broken eggs that signal a "ruined" woman. The food depicted in the Met's collection is ripe with hidden references.

April 2, 2018


Move Over, Brisket. There Are Fresher Foods ‘Too Good To Passover’

If the idea of the same-old brisket is giving you the Passover blues this year, author Jennifer Abadi will inspire a lighter, brighter table with Jewish recipes from all over the world.

March 14, 2018


The Great Norwegian Porridge Debate: Tradition Vs. ‘Science’

In 1864, a male scientist tried to "porridge-splain" how to make proper gruel to Norwegian women who had been making it for centuries. It caused quite a stir.

March 13, 2018


U.S. Seeking Early Public Guidance On Dietary Guidelines

Public comment is open until March 30 on the latest update to the U.S. dietary guidelines. The guidelines influence not only what we eat, but what farmers grow.

March 12, 2018


As Waters Warm, Fish Migrate North, Threaten Other Fish

Fly fishers are catching striped bass – a fish that hails from as far south as Florida – in waters as far north as Newfoundland and, in a few cases, Labrador.

March 11, 2018


Bad Food On The Road To Women’s Rights

For 45 years, Anthony traveled the U.S. stumping for women's rights. She endured ridicule and faced many horrid meals on the road. Nevertheless, she persisted.

March 6, 2018


Environmentalists Are Cheering The New Burger At Sonic

The chain is about to roll out a new burger, made of beef and mushrooms. Sonic calls it "uniquely delicious." Environmentalists say it could help the planet.

March 2, 2018


Even The Hamburglar Might Like McDonald’s New Vegan Burger

Sales of McDonald's new soy-based McVegan have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options.

March 1, 2018


Do Tea, Honey, and Lemon Really Help A Sore Throat?

The time-honored elixir gets mixed reviews from doctors and, depending on factors such as caffeine or acids, might even make symptoms worse.

March 1, 2018


Scientists Develop Smartphone App To Prevent Food Poisoning

A microscope that clips on to your phone's camera can detect bacteria. But the technology can't yet distinguish between good bacteria and bad.

February 14, 2018


White House Wants to Increase Restaurants’ Control Over Tips

The Trump administration reportedly suppressed an analysis that found the plan could cost tipped workers billions of dollars a year.

February 13, 2018


Trump’s Budget Proposes Food Boxes As Half Of SNAP Benefit

SNAP recipients would receive less money for spending on food, and would instead receive half of the benefits in boxes of nonperishable food.

February 12, 2018


#TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque: Latino-Muslim Coalition-Building

Food trucks are showing up at mosques to hand out free halal tacos. The goal: to foster unity between two communities facing increasing discrimination.

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