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Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

I’m obsessed with honey. Ever since writing a paper on its history during my freshman year of college, I was hooked. Did you know that bees were the first domesticated “animal” we used for food? Or that it has antibiotic properties that can soothe burns? Maybe you heard that 80% of the food we eat relies on pollination? Oh, yeah, and it’s delicious and never goes bad. If the world needed to put together a […]

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September 26, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

Food News Fast – September 22, 2014

Food News Fast – September 22, 2014

Meeting the real victims of the Peanut Corporation of America poisoning. [Food Safety News] The jury results are in: all are guilty in the PCA trial. [Food Safety News] A fascinating look at whether Scotland becoming a free company could affect the nation’s food prices. [Vice] A little lesson in statistics and how good the USDA agricultural census is for giving the public accurate information. [Modern Farmer] Is eating local just a modern day famine […]

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September 22, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  I’ll be honest—I’m not a huge fan of eggplant. […]

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September 19, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

A Taste for New Nordic Cuisine

A Taste for New Nordic Cuisine

Just in case you missed the life cycle of New Nordic Cuisine, here it is. Claus Meyer and René Redzepi started it in 2003 with the opening of Noma. In 2005 the Nordic Council of Ministers adopted a manifesto and twelve Scandinavian chefs signed it. Ragnar Egilsson of the Reykjavik Grapevine declared it dead late last month. So that was fast. Except that, if you take dining out seriously at all, New Nordic Cuisine isn’t […]

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September 17, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures

Food News Fast – September 15, 2014

Food News Fast – September 15, 2014

Nestlé, ADM, and Cargill can be charged with aiding child-slavery in Côte d’Ivoire according to courts. [Food Navigator] To make Californians cut down on water usage, we should make water more expensive. [Library of Economics and Liberty] Though people have sought to bar the practice, children well under 18 still work up to 12-hour days in tobacco fields. [New York Times] Cowlicks may be a sign of aggression in cows. [Modern Farmer] Tree hunter Bob […]

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September 15, 2014 at 10:21 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Melon

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Melon

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  This spring we planted a few watermelon, cantaloupe and […]

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September 12, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Let Them Eat Corn – Cheap Food on the Verge of Crisis

Let Them Eat Corn – Cheap Food on the Verge of Crisis

“Let them eat cake.” This phrase, often misattributed to Marie Antoinette—perhaps uttered by another “great princess” of pre-revolutionary France, perhaps made up entirely—has come to symbolize the ruling elites’ indifference towards the plight of the poor, malnourished citizens of the lower-class. Someone suggested because the impoverished were unable to afford bread, they should eat cake—the irony being, of course, that cake requires expensive inputs like sugar and butter, effectively making it more costly bread. The phrase […]

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September 10, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture

Cultivating Farmworker Advocates, One Student at a Time

Cultivating Farmworker Advocates, One Student at a Time

Like many farmworker advocates, Melinda Wiggins can rattle off a long list of injustices faced by the people who harvest America’s food — stagnant wages, unsafe working conditions, housing often unfit for human habitation, and one she finds particularly unconscionable: Many farmworkers aren’t allowed visitors in the camps where they live. “I’ve had a grower tell me it’s just like his kids who want to have visitors,” she told me. “They need to ask him […]

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September 8, 2014 at 9:00 amFeatures

Food News Fast – September 8, 2014

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Company Real Vegan Cheese may have found a way to make everyone’s favorite dairy product from human DNA. [Vice] A program called Student Action with Farmworkers sends college students into migrant camps where they help farmworkers gain access to educational, legal, and healthcare resources. This is the story of one student’s experience. [Narratively] How many real faces are actually behind some of the most famous food mascots? [First We Feast] 5 reasons why we should […]

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September 8, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Okra

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Okra

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  This year was my first experience growing okra. In […]

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September 5, 2014 at 9:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes