Food and Farming

Free to Eat Whatever You Want

Free to Eat Whatever You Want

My neighbor just left to spend the entire summer in Europe. He's the guy with a highly restrictive diet I recently wrote about, with countless food intolerances that his "nutritionist" detected using dubious testing methods. I haven't had the heart to tell him she's a...

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Rebranding Trash Fish

Rebranding Trash Fish

For centuries, fishermen around Cape Cod caught…you guessed it: cod. Cod and haddock. The ocean provided a seemingly endless supply of these fish — until a few years ago. These days, there aren't so many cod or haddock left for fishermen to catch. Now, if you go to...

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Man Can’t Live on Cabbage Alone

Man Can’t Live on Cabbage Alone

I ran into an acquaintance recently and he told me he'd started seeing a new nutrition expert. "You know what?" he said, "It turns out I'm gluten intolerant." OK. Him and everyone else. I told him I was glad he found an expert who could help him. A week later I saw...

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Wonderfully Deceptive Superfood Marketing

Wonderfully Deceptive Superfood Marketing

The new comedy show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver included a well-deserved riff on the food industry in its first episode. Oliver, who you might know from his work on Comedy Central's fake news program, The Daily Show, went after two well-deserved targets: Pom...

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The Pentagon’s Great Pizza Victory

The Pentagon’s Great Pizza Victory

From the Gatling gun to the nuclear bomb, from hot air balloons to drones, the military has enlisted scientists to develop ever-more effective war technologies. Now comes a long-sought scientific breakthrough that the military brass consider the ultimate advantage for...

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The High Price of Cheap Chicken

The High Price of Cheap Chicken

If you want to buy a fresh, whole chicken at the store, it'll run you about $1.54 per pound. But if I buy it from my local farmer, it costs $5 per pound. I live in an expensive part of the country — California — but even the farm I visited last year in rural New...

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Engineering Away Consumer and States Rights

Engineering Away Consumer and States Rights

In 79 A.D., a volcanic eruption buried Pompeii in ash. Nearly 2,000 years later, an eruption of hot legislative ash is spewing from Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is threatening U.S. consumers. Pompeo is the right-wing Congress critter from the Ideological Republic of...

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