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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising...08/04/15
A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.
How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global...
In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.
Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant
It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To...
More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The...
Foraging bumblebees can pick up nearly half their weight in pollen before heading home to the hive, research shows. All that weight tucked into hollows on their hind legs can complicate flying.
Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With...
Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
Scientists Discover A 6th Taste — And It's Quite A...
They call it "oleogustus," or the taste for fat. But nutrition scientist Rick Mattes says it's far from delicious. Found in rancid food, it's often an unpleasant warning.
Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The...
A classic French dish, confit de canard was originally a way to preserve meat, and traditional recipes can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.
At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet...
Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great...
Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To...
The Manhattan, the daiquiri, the martini. These classic cocktails were all born between the 1860s and Prohibition, an era when American bartending got inventive — and theatrical.
Sans McDonalds: Neighbors Want To Keep Paris Food Hub...
In the neighborhood considered the soul of French gastronomy, residents are fighting to keep the fast-food giant out. (This piece originally aired on July 18, 2015 on Weekend Edition Saturday.)
Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less...
Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More...
Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.
On A 'Tour De Tacos' With Los Angeles' Eastside Bike Club
A cycling group comprised of mostly Latino, bilingual, bicultural bikers is growing in Los Angeles — and changing people's minds about what recreational bikers look like.
Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors
Smoking fish usually requires a pricy smoker or other specialized gear. But you can get great smoky flavor with just a wok, some foil and a quick raid of the pantry.
Local Flavor: In N.Y., Packing The Produce Into Pleasing...
Christine Miller owns Dahlia's Delights in White Sulphur Springs, N.Y. Locals and tourists alike line up for her paninis, hot off the press and filled with fresh produce from her garden out back.
Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And...
Herbs like za'atar and sumac have long been stars of Lebanese cuisine. Now they're moving out of the kitchen and into beers and cocktails, infusing them with a patriotic taste.
No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule
The FDA wants to revamp the Nutrition Facts panels on foods. The labels would have to list how much added sugar the foods contain — and how much it counts against your recommended daily allowance.
House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels
A solid majority in the House of Representatives has voted to block efforts in some states to require labeling of GMOs.
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