Alastair Bland

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Big Trouble Looms For California Salmon — And For Fishermen

Friday, November 06, 2015

Thanks to a blazing hot summer and unusually warm water, early counts of juvenile winter-run Chinook are at extreme low levels. To protect them, regulators may restrict ocean fishing.


Do We Waste A Lot Of Pumpkins We Could Be Eating?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween pumpkins are nutritious and perfectly edible — if they haven't been carved and left outside for days. And yet we throw almost all of them away. Here's what happened when we cooked with one.


The Stark Racial Divide In Pay For Restaurant Workers

Thursday, October 22, 2015

At fine-dining places, white workers overwhelmingly fill jobs with the heftiest salaries, while Latinos, blacks and other minorities have jobs with pay closer to the poverty level, a study finds.


Why You Might Want To Be Drinking Beet Juice At The Gym

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The humble red root contains a molecule that boosts muscle power in heart failure patients and athletes, a few small studies show. But it's not yet clear if beet juice can improve muscle stamina.


California's Vineyards Pressed To Turn Less Water Into Wine

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

California wineries use between 2.5 and 6 gallons of water to make a gallon of wine, not including irrigation water and other needs. But drought is forcing the industry to conserve in new ways.


We Leave Half Of All Our Seafood On The Table (And In The Trash)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Each year American consumers buy and then never eat 1.3 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, according to a new study. Fishermen, retailers and processors waste a lot of fish, too.


Oh, Nuts! Why California's Pistachio Trees Are Shooting Blanks

Friday, September 11, 2015

This year, as many as 50 percent of the pistachios harvested in California could be hollow inside. Blame it on drought, heat and weather changes that are messing with male trees' virility.


How Brewers Are Churning Out Tangy Sours Without The Hefty Price Tag

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sour beers are made by deliberately adding microbes to create complex brews with a crisp, acidic taste. But that process takes lots of time and money, resulting in a pricey final product. Until now.


Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

Monday, August 17, 2015

A new illustrated history explores beer's journey from the cradle of agriculture, to the rise and fall of Ancient Rome, to the modern-day craft beer heyday.


Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.


These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Friday, April 24, 2015

Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.


Hold The Mammal: Daring To Make Dairy-Free Cheese From Nuts

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

A new generation of cheese-makers is culturing the milk of nuts like almond and cashew with bacteria. The idea is to give the cheese more umami taste than what many other vegan products have.


Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.


Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It's the result of a dockworker labor dispute that's jammed operations.


For Rockfish, A Tale Of Recovery, Hidden On Menus

Friday, February 06, 2015

Once depleted by decades of overfishing, rockfish have rebounded. But it's hard to tell this conservation and fishery management success story if purveyors continue to misidentify the tasty fish.


Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

Friday, January 23, 2015

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.


Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

Friday, January 16, 2015

A growing number of food vendors are literally pedaling their wares. From baristas to veggie farmers, many say bikes are a cheaper, greener, more convenient way to launch their mobile food businesses.


Vintage Beer? Aficionados Say Some Brews Taste Better With Age

Friday, January 09, 2015

Aging in the bottle isn't just for wine anymore: It can also bring out sweet, caramel tones in some high-alcohol, smoky or sour craft brews. Don't believe us? You, too, can try this at home.


Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Monday, January 05, 2015

One consequence of the thousands of breweries that have sprung up? Just about all the beer names you can imagine have been snapped up. That's making it harder for newcomers to name that brew.


If You're Toasting To Health, Reach For Beer, Not (Sparkling) Wine

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Though beer has been blamed for many a paunch, researchers say it's more nutritious than most other alcoholic drinks. Moderate consumption may also reduce the risk of heart disease.