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Trump's Pick To Lead USDA Heads To Washington With Some Political Baggage

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:22:00 -0500

Sonny Perdue, who's been named to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has held many political offices in his home state of Georgia. Farmers liked him. Environmentalists, not so much.

FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be. Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:06:00 -0500

Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat and what to avoid. But critics say it muddles matters.

Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

Why America Is Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0500

These sugary spuds are cheap and easy to grow, but the rise of postwar industrialization and processed foods made them less popular. Now, fad diets and trendy restaurants have sparked a renaissance.

Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:20:00 -0500

New rules for organic farming will require farmers to give chickens more pasture. Some of the biggest organic egg producers will have to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.

Not Just A Crock: The Viral Word-Of-Mouth Success Of Instant Pot

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:31:00 -0500

Launched in 2010, the multifunction cooker became a sleeper hit last year. That's when its maker harnessed the enthusiasm of owners – self-dubbed "addicts" – to spread the word online.

Chamoy Is Mexico's Flavor Fiesta Condiment, Courtesy Of China

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:59:00 -0500

Fruity, sweet, spicy and salty all at once, this frenzied treat for your taste buds takes many forms — from sauces to seasonings to candy. And its journey from Asia to Mexico took hundreds of years.

Food As Medicine: It's Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:08:00 -0500

Treating people through nutrition is not a new idea, but it's making inroads as more medical professionals make meals a formal part of care, rather than relying solely on medications.

How Chickens Shifted From Sacred To Diet Staple

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:16:00 -0500

For the last three years, researchers in the United Kingdom have been studying the lowly chicken, and they say there's much more to the ubiquitous bird than many people realize.

Bountiful Beach Buffet: Fresh Seaweed Is Making Waves Among Foragers

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:00:21 -0500

Ocean algae is plentiful and grows rapidly, and most of it is safe to eat. People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.

For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:57:00 -0500

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.

Ring In 'Lemony Snicket' On Netflix With A Series Of Unfortunate Recipes

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:30:00 -0500

In the children's books, food is practically a supporting character. So why not welcome the poor Baudelaire orphans with a delightfully miserable repast while binge-watching the new show?

This Food Critic Will Take The Taco. Again. And Again. And Again.

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:11:00 -0500

Mike Sutter is eating at a different San Antonio taqueria every day of 2017 for his "365 Days of Tacos" project. And he's discovering a lot about the city's culture in the process.

'365 Days Of Tacos' Highlights A Staple Of San Antonio Culture

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Mike Sutter, food critic for the San Antonio Express-News, about his "365 Days of Tacos" series.

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:01:00 -0500

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.