Alastair Bland

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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.


As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew. Chalk it up to globalization.


Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco's Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

San Francisco is one of many U.S. cities rolling out incentives to grow food on unused land. But some San Franciscans argue that land should be used to address the acute affordable housing shortage.


California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.


Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

Monday, August 18, 2014

Alastair Bland looks at the dangers to real sharks and the hazards of pseudo-documentaries as another Shark Week draws to a close.


'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

Monday, August 11, 2014

The craze to embrace all things shark during Discovery's "Shark Week" in August is exploding onto menus. But the hype doesn't hide the fact that many of these creatures are endangered.


The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tour de France cyclists need to eat up to 9,000 calories a day to maintain their health and weight during the race. But many teams hire chefs to elevate the meals to gourmet status.


Red Fish, Blue Fish: Where The Fish Flesh Rainbow Comes From

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

From ruby red tuna to turquoise lingcod, the fish we eat can span the color spectrum. Flesh color can also tell us something about where a fish came from, its swimming routine and what it ate.


Big Breweries Move Into Small Beer Town — And Business Is Hopping

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

With 18 craft breweries, Asheville, N.C., has become a sort of Napa Valley of beer. Now the city is getting an infusion of new suds and cash as large, out-of-state breweries build facilities nearby.


On The Trail Of Durian, Southeast Asia's 'Crème Brûlée On A Tree'

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A young couple got hooked on durians after one life-changing bite in 2009. And after two years of tracking the stinky sweet fruit through Southeast Asia, they've become experts on durian tourism.


Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Red wine and chocolate may be good for you, but it's likely not from the resveratrol. A study finds that the antioxidant had no influence on longevity, cancer, heart disease or inflammation levels.


The Forgotten History Of Climate-Change Science

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When did scientists and politicians first start to think that man may be warming the planet through the burning of fossil fuels? It wasn't just yesterday, says Commentator Adam Frank.


As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down

Friday, May 09, 2014

Think you know what craft beer is? Since the last time you checked, the meaning has probably changed. Increasingly, the industry is making exceptions to the definition to accommodate big breweries.