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Episode 813: The Produce Show

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:32:29 -0500

Five reporters go to the New York Produce Show and Conference, each on a mission.

Trump Administration Moves To Kill Rules For Organic Eggs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:20:00 -0500

It's the latest Obama-era agriculture regulation to go on the chopping block. This one governs the treatment of animals on organic farms. But most organic farmers actually support the rule.

Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.

Rule Change Could Give Restaurants More Control Over Workers' Tips

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would give owners of restaurants more leeway to redistribute tips received by their employees. Critics say it's too much leeway.

The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now The Farmers Are Suing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:28:00 -0500

At issue is the Trump administration's withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers, who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.

Allegations Against Celebrity Chefs Reveal Abuse In The Restaurant Industry

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:00 -0500

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Mario Batali have highlighted abuse in restaurants, but many people who have worked in kitchens say the industry's problem goes far beyond celebrities.

Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:52:00 -0500

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

Don't Invite These Guys To Your Holiday Party

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:06:30 -0500

Lest ye be judged.

Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:02:00 -0500

Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:41:00 -0500

Industry trailblazers are trying to reduce the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Steps Aside After Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant company after allegations of sexual misconduct. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Amanda Kludt, Editor-in-Chief of the online publication Eater, which broke the story.

How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:46:00 -0500

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

Mario Batali Steps Aside From His Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:12:48 -0500

Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they "match up" with past behavior.

On The Hunt For The 'Love' In Granola: A Story About Loving Yourself

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

The FDA infamously sanctioned a bakery for listing "love" as an ingredient, but our writer wanted that recipe. She found a treasure of another sort, one of value for those with eating disorders.