Food and Farming

Cargill’s Integrity-Free Soybean Oil

Cargill’s Integrity-Free Soybean Oil

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too? I don't think so. But Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to invalidate the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow. As a leading producer and user of ingredients that contain genetically...

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Extreme Nutrition

Extreme Nutrition

To most people, "bonking" implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it's something else entirely. In sports jargon, someone who "bonks" suffers severe fatigue after running out of their stored energy. People who...

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The High Cost of Cheap Shrimp

The High Cost of Cheap Shrimp

The Guardian recently revealed shocking results from a six-month investigation of the Thai fishing industry: Much of the shrimp sold in American and British supermarkets were produced with slave labor. While shrimp sold to U.S. consumers hail from a number of...

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Jilting My Sugar

Jilting My Sugar

A cartoon drawn by Marty Bucella going around Facebook these days depicts an overweight man on a scale with his doctor. "No, it's not water," the doctor says. "You seem to be retaining food." That was me. Yes, it's true, I write about food. And I generally do eat a...

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These Chickens Don’t Need to Hedge Their Bets

These Chickens Don’t Need to Hedge Their Bets

Upper-class, über-rich Brits pay a price. In exchange for being blessed with wealth and social standing, they're expected to be at least slightly amusing to the general public, offering some combination of doofus, daffy, and scandalous. Crispin Odey fits this bill. He...

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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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