Food and Farming

High Time for Hemp

High Time for Hemp

Four years ago, Michelle Obama picked up a shovel to make a powerful symbolic statement about America's food and farm future: She turned a patch of White House lawn into a working organic garden. I'm guessing that now, as she begins another four years in the people's...

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The End of the Farm Bill?

The End of the Farm Bill?

"There is absolutely no way to explain this other than agriculture is just not a priority," said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow on the Senate Floor on New Year's Day. She was describing the bare-bones Farm Bill extension agreed to as part of...

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This Week in OtherWords: January 30, 2013

Don’t Put a Fork in It

While most Americans were enjoying the holiday season or stressing out over the nation's imminent leap off the so-called fiscal cliff, the Food and Drug Administration delivered some big news as quietly as possible. On December 21, the agency announced that...

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Fat Demons

Fat Demons

My grandmother lay in bed at a hospice facility, days away from death. With her loving children by her side, she looked at her belly and — as she had done for all of the years I'd known her — complained that she was too fat. What? What did she think six-pack abs would...

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Step Away from That Desk

Step Away from That Desk

Do you eat lunch at your desk? Alone? Continuing to work as you chew? Welcome to the new wondrous world of work in which employees feel intense pressure from bosses to labor right through lunch. In a survey, 62 percent of people with desk jobs said they grab a snack...

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Coke Still Needs to Get Real

Coke Still Needs to Get Real

Does Coca-Cola think we’re all really stupid? For the first time, the company is using its slick commercials to address obesity. Obesity became a high-profile issue in the 1990s, when the government started to classify more than half of Americans as overweight or...

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Beyoncé’s Not-so-Super Move

Beyoncé’s Not-so-Super Move

On Super Bowl Sunday, 50 lucky fans will be on the field with R&B superstar Beyoncé during the halftime show, thanks to a Pepsi sweepstakes. Slightly less lucky winners will have their photos seen by millions during the halftime show, even though they won't be at...

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This Year, Resolve to Love Your Body

This Year, Resolve to Love Your Body

After a month of gorging ourselves on gingerbread, stuffing ourselves with Christmas cookies, and washing it all down with so much eggnog that we have to ask Santa to bring us clothes in a larger size, we end our year with a final night of feasting and champagne. Then...

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