Alastair Bland

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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.


Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Monday, January 27, 2014

Let's be clear: Making spirits at home with plans to drink it remains against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it's the first step toward a professional, legit operation.


California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Monday, January 13, 2014

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.


Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Foraging for fungi and other wild edibles has grown in popularity in the U.S. and abroad in recent years, fueled by guidebooks, Internet buzz and hype from chefs. As a result, some known mushroom hunting grounds are taking a beating.


Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Craft brewers around the country are making beers with foraged seeds, roots, fruits and fungi from their backyards and backwoods. It's a challenge to the placelessness of mainstream brewers, who mostly use the same ingredients grown in the same places — barley from the Great Plains and hops from the Pacific Northwest.


A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

Friday, October 18, 2013

Environmental groups in Northern California are suing to stop a winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up California's interior valley, the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.


Why Aren't There More People Of Color In Craft Brewing?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Few African-Americans make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian-Americans are also scarce among the nation's more than 2,600 breweries. How did American craft brewing end up so lacking in diversity?