The end of the GMO era?

Even Monsanto appears to be backing off

January 30, 2014

Nobody knows the end of the GMO story yet. »

Drought now, high food costs later?

The national drought may be bleak at the supermarket

January 29, 2014

The stunningly cold weather in the Midwest and the Northeast has gotten plenty of press this winter. But the longer-term news story is the severe drought affecting the western half of the country.

It’s especially brutal in California — which, given that state’s diverse and intensive farming economy, is bad news not just for eaters in the U.S. but worldwide. Since California farmers rely on irrigation, farmers are currently postponing or canceling their early-spring crops. And ranchers are selling off their cattle, since the state’s grasslands have already gone brown.

Gluten, sugar, and fat

Three popular bugaboos

January 28, 2014

How bad are they? »

Antibiotics, dwindling?

The FDA looks into soap

January 22, 2014

And more animals are being raised without antibiotics. »

Milky matters

Is organic whole milk really better for you?

January 21, 2014

Whole milk, at least, has more healthy fats than nonfat dairy. »

A radioactive West Coast?

More fearmongering and debunking about Fukushima radiation

January 17, 2014

Russ Parsons and Deep Sea News are annoyed. »

Egg storage

Washing and chilling may not be so smart

January 16, 2014

America vs. the rest of the world. »

Cooking basics

New Year’s tips from Russ Parsons

January 15, 2014

Seven techniques for everyone. »

Photography dioramas

A universe of enormous food

January 15, 2014

You might remember The Star Wars Cookbook, a gag gift from 1998 that featured hilarious dioramas of vintage “Star Wars” action figures arranged in landscapes of, say, cinnamon rolls (with Princess Leia and her matching hairstyle, natch).

Now National Public Radio has discovered a similar art project out of Paris, in which two photographers (Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida) arrange tiny figurines within a world of gigantic food. There are firefighters dousing a fire of hot chile peppers, polar bears waterskiing between marshmallow icebergs, and an earnest team of construction workers plumping dried raisins back into lush grapes.

Bonus: a video titled “The Ballad of Minimiam in the Land of Milk.”

Fraud at the farmer’s market

Tips for spotting scams

January 14, 2014

How local is your local market? »

Sugar permutations

The sweet stuff has many roles

January 13, 2014

Addiction, science, GMOs, and health. »

Alcohol-free

The possible benefits of abstaining

January 10, 2014

But not many benefits in supplements. »

Trends takedowns

Food-blog tropes and tics

January 9, 2014

Food writers discuss which trends they dismiss. »

The year in food

A look back at 2013

December 27, 2013

Three roundups. »

Food-bank donations

What they really need

December 23, 2013

Plenty of folks like to spend Christmas Eve giving back instead of shopping. They volunteer at soup kitchens or homeless shelters or food banks. If you’re among this crowd, here’s a quick list of 10 things food banks really want. Hint: It’s not another bag full of canned beans.

Rather, it’s things like spices and chocolate — items that really help in the kitchen, but which you might not think to donate. And, of course, it’s non-food items, such as diapers, feminine products, and socks.

Nothing like a warm pair of socks for spreading some holiday cheer.

The antibiotics future

Will the FDA get them out of our meat?

December 20, 2013

Or will we succumb to the superbugs? »

Chicken and pork

Speeding up and skipping out

December 19, 2013

Federal plans to hasten processing and halt inspections at chicken and pork plants. »

Going undercover

And getting into trouble

December 18, 2013

Ag-gag laws make things tough for journalists and activists. »

Year-end cookbook roundups

Last-minute gift ideas

December 17, 2013

Books from 2013 and before. »

Arsenic all over

The stuff is turning up in many foods

December 11, 2013

Including wine, beer, fish, and cabbage. »

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