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Food News Fast – April 21, 2014

Food News Fast – April 21, 2014

A chicken-keeper in Queens clashes with neighborhood rules. [New York Times] A Nevada cattle rancher wins an armed standoff with the government. [Time] Will the Walmartization of organics lead to lower prices or just lower standards? [Civil Eats] Sous vide – the restaurant secret that cooks perfect meat every time is now available at home. [NPR] How is California’s drought likely to affect future food prices? [New York Times] What’s the deal with cheap chicken […]

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April 21, 2014 at 12:36 pmFood News Fast News

Is Professionally Cooked Food More Likely to Cause Foodborne Illness?

Is Professionally Cooked Food More Likely to Cause Foodborne Illness?

For those of us who grew up with mediocre chefs for parents, a new study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest comes to a surprising conclusion. More people succumb to foodborne illness after eating in restaurants than from home-cooked food. CSPI’s researchers looked at data from 2002 to 2011 and found that 28,000 people fell ill from restaurant-linked illnesses while less than half that number, 12,980 people, got sick from food they […]

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April 16, 2014 at 12:10 pmNews

Photographer Caren Alpert’s Strange World of Magnified Food

Photographer Caren Alpert’s Strange World of Magnified Food

Do you think you know what celery looks like? How about chocolate cake? Photographer Caren Alpert’s project that captures what food looks like with the aid of a scanning electron microscope may make you think again. Called “Terra Cibus” based on the Latin for Earth Food, the landscapes food makes when magnified to this degree are truly alien. You can view the complete series in full, high-resolution glory on her website. In the meantime, see […]

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April 15, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Multimedia

Food News Fast – April 14, 2014

Food News Fast – April 14, 2014

Farmers around the world are killing themselves at higher rates than the general population. [Newsweek] What happens when farmers get arrested for foodborne illness? [Modern Farmer] Seattle and Kings County in Washington are planning to follow in NYC’s footsteps by publicly posting restaurant inspection grades. [Food Safety News] The FFA is attracting more members than ever – some of them who don’t even have real farms. [NPR] In more sad honey bee news, dairy farmers’ […]

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April 14, 2014 at 12:04 pmFood News Fast News

Greener Pastures: Corporate Skills for Sustainable Jobs

Greener Pastures: Corporate Skills for Sustainable Jobs

After spending twelve years in corporate America, I decided to make the switch, swapping Kate Spade for Tractor Supply, and I’ve never looked back. I traded a corporate existence for one that includes tending chickens, establishing a garden, pruning fruit trees, and maybe one day milking goats and I’m here to tell you that you can do this, too. Only two years ago, I was wearing a suit and heels, commuting through downtown Detroit on […]

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April 10, 2014 at 12:08 pmCulture

Beth Galton Shows Simple Foods Cut In Half

Beth Galton Shows Simple Foods Cut In Half

New York City photographer Beth Galton and food stylist Charlotte Omnès spend a lot of time looking at food from the inside out. Literally. In their viral “Cut Food” series, they’ve manipulated and photographed everything from a completely edible roast turkey to gelatin-solid “liquids” to show what the food might look like if cut in half. The series has been making the rounds for a little while but one of my favorites just for how simple […]

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April 8, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture

Watch Toddlers Eat Lemons for the First Time

Watch Toddlers Eat Lemons for the First Time

“Pucker,” a project by David Wile and April Maciborka captured photographs of toddlers eating lemons for the first time. Luckily enough, they also took some video while the cameras were clicking away. View some little kids alternately enjoying and hating these very sour fruits. You’re welcome. Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and more. They don’t have enough calories for a full article but are just too good to let […]

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April 7, 2014 at 9:00 amColumns Table Scraps

Food News Fast – April 7, 2014

Food News Fast – April 7, 2014

Supermarket psychology study finds that cereals marketed at children have box characters looking down at their bowls. [First We Feast] The story of Harry Stein – seed patenter and the richest man in Iowa. [Forbes] What is dividing rural and urban America and what are the steps we can take to connect them? [Governing] IPCC report shows that climate change will have a real effect on food supply. [The Guardian] Just where did “jungle juice” […]

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April 7, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

A Cafe for the Common Good

A Cafe for the Common Good

The Common Good Soup Kitchen Community started as a small-scale project on Mount Desert Island, Maine. The recently unemployed, world-class chef Bill Morrison started making soup in his kitchen from scratch using healthy grains and vegetables. In the winter, the community on the island can become very isolated. It was a particularly brutal one in 2008 and Bill knew there were many people who were housebound. So, he started delivering his soup to senior residences […]

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April 3, 2014 at 10:33 amCulture

Q&A With Food Writer and Skeptic Nathanael Johnson

Q&A With Food Writer and Skeptic Nathanael Johnson

Nathanael Johnson is a journalist and the author of All Natural, a book that seeks to find the truth among natural and technological solutions to daily life. In 2013, he became the food writer for Grist, an online environmental publication, and promptly started on a 26-part series examining genetically modified food. Titled “Panic-Free GMOs” topics ranged from the existence of allergens in GE foods to reviews of books on GMOs to the connection between GE seeds […]

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April 2, 2014 at 10:18 amCulture