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Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Fourth of July is still days away, but in Maine, local food activists have already declared their independence. Ten towns so far have passed laws that essentially say local food producers don't have to abide by state or federal regulations if they are selling directly to consumers. And the revolutionary fervor has reached the statehouse.

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Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.

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House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

Thursday, June 20, 2013

In the past, the House might have let the Agriculture Committee have its way. Not this year. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, in large part because it cut an estimated $2 billion each year from nutrition programs like SNAP, or food stamps.

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How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A study finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested. Plants use circadian rhythms to help them judge when to turn on their chemical defenses.

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Farm Bill Meets Surprise Defeat In U.S. House

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The U.S. House defeated its version of the farm bill this afternoon. The bill would have cut the food stamps program and transformed subsidies for farmers from direct payments to crop insurance premium support. But Republicans lost 60 of their own members who voted no, along with most Democrats.

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Chef Paula Deen Under Fire After Admitting To Racial Slurs

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A lawsuit accuses Southern chef Paula Dean of using racial slurs in the workplace. Deen says she has used a slur regarding African-Americans, but not in a long time. The case is bringing out some surprising admissions.

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Why Slave Labor Still Plagues The Global Food System

Thursday, June 20, 2013

As consumers, we are at one end of a food supply chain that sometimes leads back to slavery. A State Department report on human trafficking shows that many farm and food workers around the world are still victims of trafficking and forced labor.

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He's An Impostor, The Navy Says About Cap'n Crunch

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The cereal star was first unmasked by a food blogger, who noticed his stripes did not match his rank. Now the Navy has weighed in, saying it has no record of his service.

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Gourmands Through The Ages: 'A History Of Food In 100 Recipes'

Thursday, June 20, 2013

From ancient Egyptian bakers to Gordon Ramsay, every era has its foodies. And without them, the history of food would be pretty darn boring, says William Sitwell. His new book chronicles how these epicures shaped our palates, and the recipes they left behind.

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And The Winner Of The World Food Prize Is ... The Man From Monsanto

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.

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Women And Children Caught In Middle Of Potato War

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The National Potato Council wants potatoes to be allowed in a supplemental food program for low-income women and children at nutritional risk. But advocates for the program say the industry just wants to circumvent the scientific process that sets policy on nutrition.

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The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The martini has been called "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." But is this cocktail perfectly American? Maybe not entirely. In honor of National Martini Day, we decided to dig into the drink's muddled past.

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Stalking The Elusive, Worthy Apricot

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Apricots are the finest of summer's fruits, with dense, juicy flesh and delicate, velvety skins. That's why it is so disheartening when you bite into one, only to find it is mealy and flavorless. To find the best ones, head to your local farmers market.

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The Mystery Of the Ridiculously Pricey Bag Of Potatoes

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Did a 10-pound bag of potatoes really cost $15 back in 2008? We get to the bottom of some puzzling numbers in the lawsuit alleging America's potato growers have become a spud cartel.

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Hot Dogs, Bacon And Red Meat Tied To Increased Diabetes Risk

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A fresh study looks at what happens after people change their meat-eating habits. Those who upped their intake — about 3.5 servings more per week — saw their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes during four years of follow-up increase by almost 50 percent.

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Obama Would Veto House's Farm Bill, White House Says

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Obama administration says the bill "makes unacceptable deep cuts" to federal food aid programs and extends, rather than cuts, crop insurance payments to farmers.

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Wholesale Grocer Accuses Potato Farmers Of Price-Fixing

Monday, June 17, 2013

A wholesale grocer has brought a lawsuit against the United Potato Growers of America claiming they are running an illegal price-fixing cartel. According to the lawsuit the UPGA has gone so far as to employ aerial surveillance to ensure its members are abiding by agreements to reduce the potato supply. Robert Siegel speaks with Associated Press reporter John Miller in Boise, Idaho about the case.

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Italian University Spreads The 'Gelato Gospel'

Monday, June 17, 2013

Among the many culinary treats Italy has given the world is gelato, a frozen dessert with roots in ancient Mesopotamia. Gelato lovers from all over the world are flocking to a university outside Bologna, Italy, to master the art of gelato-making. Here's a free lesson: Don't call it ice cream.

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Dirty Spuds? Alleged Potato Cartel Accused Of Price Fixing

Monday, June 17, 2013

A civil lawsuit that shifted into U.S. district court in Idaho last week alleges that the United Potato Growers of America has become a veritable OPEC of spuds. The group is accused of using high-tech, strong-arm tactics to inflate potato prices.

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Sandwich Monday: The Wendy's T-Rex Burger (R.I.P.)

Monday, June 17, 2013

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try "The T-Rex Burger," a nine-patty monster that, until this week, had been on the menu of a renegade Canadian Wendy's franchise.

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