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September 24, 2018


Do Healthy Diets Protect The Planet?

As United Nations leaders gather in New York, top food and nutrition experts are convening for a forum to talk about how people around the globe can have both a nourished diet and a healthy planet.

September 21, 2018


Florence Floods Pig Manure Pools

Record rainfall from Hurricane Florence has flooded more than 20 hog waste lagoons, contaminating watersheds and increasing health risks.

September 21, 2018


Chef José Andrés Feeds Florence Evacuees

The chef and humanitarian, with the help of his non-profit, feeds and rebuilds disaster areas all over the globe, including flooded areas of North Carolina.

September 19, 2018


Could A Ban On Fishing In International Waters Become A Reality?

As the United Nations meets to discuss high-seas biodiversity, scientists and activists say that while a fishing ban could profoundly help protect sea life, it may also be impossible to enforce.

September 18, 2018


Champagne Makers Bubble Over A Bumper Crop Caused By Drought

A record heat wave ruined crops across Europe this summer, but not all crops. Champagne growers are ecstatic over a bumper crop of grapes this year. Vintage 2018 is expected to be one of the best.

September 17, 2018


Blind Grocery Shoppers Access ‘Second Set Of Eyes’ Through App

An app service known as Aira is connecting blind and visually impaired grocery shoppers with sighted guides that help them navigate the aisles at Wegmans through their smartphones.

September 12, 2018


Leave It To Botanists To Turn Cooking Into A Science Lesson

Why do artichokes look so strange? What makes okra so slimy – and how can science help you turn that attribute into a taste sensation? Two botanists take plant science into the kitchen.

September 11, 2018


Deaf-Owned Eateries Help Those With Hearing Loss Find Work

There are few employment opportunities for deaf or hearing-impaired people. But funding, training and business partnerships with deaf-friendly establishments are slowly helping to turn that around.

September 10, 2018


Do Sustainable Certifications For Coffee Really Help Growers?

A global development research organization's study suggests that there's little data showing whether growers benefit from sustainably certifying their coffee because they are difficult to monitor.

September 7, 2018


Immigrants Turn Down Food Aid Amid Trump Crackdown

States have seen a sharp drop in the number of immigrants accepting federal nutrition help for their children due to fears about White House immigration policies.

September 7, 2018


Artist Captures Plight Of Undocumented Workers After Wildfires

Napa Valley's wine industry relies heavily on immigrants, but the undocumented are often ineligible for services when disaster strikes. An artist depicts how the 2017 fires impacted this community.

September 6, 2018


As Wildfires Rage, Smoke Chokes Out Farmworkers And Delays Crops

Smoke from wildfires is blanketing much of the West. That's ruining some crops and may be stunting others. And it's making it difficult or unsafe for laborers to pick the harvest.

September 5, 2018


Women Chefs Still Walk ‘A Fine Line’ In The Kitchen

While there have been big changes in the restaurant business in the last few decades, a new documentary on female chefs and work-life balance explores how little it has changed for women.

August 31, 2018


Study Says All Alcohol Is Unsafe And Internet Freaks Out

A new study concluded that even small amounts of alcohol can be harmful to health, but critics say the paper raises undue alarm about moderate use.

August 30, 2018


The Smithsonian Channel Is Going To Show You How To Cook Insects

Dried Manchurian scorpions? Think softshell crabs. Crickets? They're not far from crawfish. A new series aims to showcase the flavors of edible insects — prized ingredients in parts of the world.

August 29, 2018


Becoming Chefs, Stigmatized Women In Morocco Find Hope And Freedom

Females make up less than 30 percent of the the country's labor force. But one nonprofit is providing restaurant and cooking training to vulnerable women who have been shut out by Moroccan society.

August 28, 2018


Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

Plastic trash less than 5 millimeters long is in the things we eat and drink, and the air we breathe. Scientists are just beginning to study where it comes from and how it might affect our health.

August 24, 2018


Whole Wheat: Complete Genome Expected To Spark Research

Unlike corn and soybeans, biotech wheat has never been farmed commercially. This new gene mapping could change that.

August 24, 2018


Michigan Resumes State Prison Food Service After Private Companies Fail

Michigan’s five-year experiment to privatize prison food services lowered food quality and safety, sparked riots and cost the state millions of dollars.

August 24, 2018


Federal Agencies, Monsanto May Have Slowed Glyphosate Safety Review

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - part of the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services - began conducting a 2015 a toxicological review of glyphosate in 2015. It has yet to be published.

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