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Community And Vegetables Grow Side-By-Side In Syrian Refugee Camp Gardens

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:51:28 -0500

Some Syrians have found that the difficult work of growing fruits and vegetables in refugee camps brings a sense of home, peace, and of course, adds fresh food to the community.



Even The Hamburglar Might Like McDonald's New Vegan Burger (We Did)

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:26:00 -0500

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. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it?



Arizona's Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:47:00 -0500

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they're making a comeback.



Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:24:00 -0500

In the early 20th century, botanist David Fairchild traveled the world and brought plants back to the U.S. that we now see as thoroughly American. NPR talks with the author of a book on Fairchild.



Toddler Milks: Filling A Nutritional Need Or A Marketing Niche?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:21 -0500

When parents transition a baby from breast milk or formula to cow's milk, it can seem like a big jump. We talk with a researcher who looked at just what's in the array of toddler drinks on the market.



Man In Mumbai Sets Record For Drinking A Bottle Of Ketchup

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:22:00 -0500

Dinesh Shivnath consumed an entire bottle of ketchup in just over 75 seconds, and coughed uncontrollably when he was done. In an earlier challenge, he ate 73 grapes in a minute.



Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:21 -0500

A microscope that clips on to your phone's camera can detect bacteria, such as salmonella or E. coli, even in tiny amounts. But the technology can't yet distinguish between good and bad bacteria.



U.K. Steps Up Its Wine Game

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:07:38 -0500

British wines used to be a bad joke. Now a warming climate and greater expertise have created conditions for an award-winning product.



Goodbye, Mr. Okra: New Orleans Remembers Its Singing Vegetable Vendor

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:00:20 -0500

Arthur James Robinson, known as "Mr. Okra," died this week. But New Orleans residents will never forget his distinctive inventory call and his brightly-painted truck, winding through the city.



Eureka! California-Grown Coffee Is Becoming The State's Next Gold Mine

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:01:22 -0500

Sure, a cup of California-grown coffee sells for about $18 a cup, but people are buying it. The niche industry is booming with no signs of slowing, and the state's farmers still can't meet demand.



U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:19 -0500

In March, many U.K. grocery stores will check IDs for energy drink purchases. Teachers, nutritionists and public health researchers have called for the measures — as has celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.



$40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:19 -0500

A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate.



McDonald's Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals By 2022

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

The company says in the next four years, 50 percent or more of its kids meals will meet new nutrition criteria, with 600 or fewer calories per meal and caps on calories from sugar and saturated fat.



Black Restaurant Week: Across U.S., Events Remind Diners, 'We're Here. Support Us'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:34:00 -0500

Blacks often struggle to raise capital to open and run restaurants, a legacy of discrimination. Over the past few years, promotions to help diners know which restaurants are black-owned have spread.



These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:35:00 -0500

In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small-business owners banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agrichemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.