Alastair Bland

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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.


Renegade Cider Makers Get Funky To Cope With Apple Shortage

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Few U.S. farmers grow the tannic apples traditionally used to make hard cider. So craft cider makers are using eating apples and adding chili, chocolate and tropical juices to boost their flavor.


Should Figs Go The Way Of Apples And Become A Year-Round Fruit?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry into year-round production. But some fig lovers say they want to hold out for summer fruit.


Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.


Putin Divorce Final; Ex-Wife Expunged From Kremlin Bio

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Russian president and Lyudmila, his wife of 30 years, announced in June they intended to end their marriage.


No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A method of extracting eggs from sturgeon without killing or cutting aims to revamp the industry and lower prices for this long-luxe treat. Critics say the idea is great. The taste? That's debatable.


Why 500 Million U.S. Seafood Meals Get Dumped In The Sea

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nine American fisheries together throw overboard as much as 340 million pounds of fish and other species they were not trying to catch, a report finds. Much of it is perfectly edible fish.


Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!

Friday, March 07, 2014

If you really want to fight food waste, eat fish heads, the U.N. says. They're nutritious and delicious, but most fish heads get thrown back in the sea as trash or turned into livestock feed.


Southern Fishermen Cash In On Asia's Taste For Jellyfish

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the worst year for shrimping in recent memory, fishermen in the Southeast U.S. say they're thankful to catch jellyfish for the Asian market. But conservationists say the expanding jellyfish fishery is a sign of the ocean's decline.