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Today β€” August 21st 2019NPR Food

Do Your Wurst. Food Pun Haters, The Yolk's On You

By Nina Martyris
This toad-shaped sandwich bar called the Toed In, near Los Angeles in 1939, allowed you to grab a bite to eat while your car got serviced. There

If you relish puns, then you'll love a new game that gives you two food-themed topics to blend into one deliciously bad joke. The food pun is so beloved, there's even one in the story of Adam and Eve.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 13:00
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Why European Restaurants Are Much More Vigilant About Food Allergies

By Alan Greenblatt
An allergy warning notice is displayed next to food in a branch of Pret A Manger in central London. Pret A Manger is working to have full ingredient labeling in all its British shops by the end of 2019.

Dining out can be fraught with hidden perils for people with food allergies. European allergen disclosure laws have made restaurants highly aware of the issue. But U.S. rules lag.

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  • August 19th 2019 at 13:00

How To Handle A Massive Seaweed Invasion? YucatΓ‘n Towns Get Creative

By Jen Karetnick
Men walk between the sargassum toward a boat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in May.

Sargassum, a stinky algae, is choking beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem — and tourism. From fertilizer to food, locals are experimenting with new uses for it.

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  • August 18th 2019 at 13:00

Devastating Banana Fungus Arrives In Colombia, Threatening The Fruit's Future

By Dan Charles
A Colombian worker checks the plastic protection cover over a banana bunch on a plantation in Aracataca, Colombia. A dreaded fungus that has destroyed banana plantations in Asia has now spread to Latin America.

A fungus that has destroyed banana plantations in Asia is now in Latin America. The disease moves slowly, but there's no cure, and it could mean calamity for the continent's banana industry.

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  • August 16th 2019 at 15:39

Wall Street Appears Hungry For More Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

By Amara Omeokwe

Veggie burgers, brats and sausages are becoming mainstays at places like Burger King and even Major League ball parks, piquing the interest of Wall Street investors.

  • August 16th 2019 at 11:05

Swine Fever Is Killing Vast Numbers Of Pigs In China

By Dan Charles
Pigs are seen in a hog pen in Linquan county in central China

The number of pigs in China is falling rapidly due to an epidemic of African Swine Fever. It's affecting farmers and consumers across the world, because China produces half of the world's pork.

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  • August 15th 2019 at 11:04

Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Better For The Planet? Here's The Science

By Nancy Matsumoto
Cows graze on a grass field at a farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y. The grass-fed movement is based on the idea of regenerative agriculture.

There are many elements to consider: climate, animal welfare, greenhouse gas emissions, land use. And with so many factors at play, sometimes the answer gets complicated.

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  • August 13th 2019 at 13:00

A Public Radio Listener Walks Into A Bar: Your Stories About Drinking Alcohol

How has your relationship to alcohol changed since you had your first sip?

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  • August 12th 2019 at 17:06

Is The Food Renaissance About To End?

Food writer Kevin Alexander argues in his new book that the golden age of American restaurants is in the recent past. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Alexander about "Burn the Ice".

  • August 11th 2019 at 23:03

Chicken Plants See Little Fallout From Immigration Raids

By Scott Horsley
A trailer loaded with chickens passes a federal agent outside a Koch Foods plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday.

The Trump administration says its crackdown helps discourage illegal immigration. But workers' advocates warn it leaves vulnerable employees open to exploitation and unsafe working conditions.

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  • August 10th 2019 at 01:05

Experts On Climate Change Say How We Use Land To Grow Food Needs To Change

By Dan Charles

Some of the world's top experts on climate change issued a new warning on Wednesday about how we use land to grow food. They say it's contributing to global warming, but it doesn't have to.

  • August 8th 2019 at 22:23

U.N. Says Agriculture Must Change To Prevent Worst Effects Of Climate Change

By Dan Charles

Humans must drastically alter food production in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming, according to a U.N. report.

  • August 8th 2019 at 13:47

U.K. Domino's Is Stockpiling Ingredients Before Brexit

Domino's in the U.K. is stockpiling pizza ingredients in case the supply chain is disrupted by Brexit.

  • August 8th 2019 at 11:26

To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change

By Rebecca Hersher
Large swaths of forest have been cut down in Brazil in recent decades to make room for farming. Deforestation contributes to global warming, and reversing it will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The way we produce food and manage land must change radically if humans hope to avoid catastrophic global temperature rise, according to a new report by the United Nations panel on climate change.

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  • August 8th 2019 at 10:00

'Drive-Thru Dreams' Explores America's Love-Hate Relationship With Fast Food

By Luisa Torres
A view of a McDonald

Americans have a torturous relationship with fast food. We vilify it but also view it through a nostalgic lens. A new book explores this complicated yet seemingly unshakable bond.

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  • August 7th 2019 at 13:01

New Evidence Shows Popular Pesticides Could Cause Unintended Harm To Insects

By Dan Charles
Honeybees are seen feeding on the honeydew of whiteflies in citrus trees. Traces of neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides, have shown up in honeydew, an important food source for other insects.

Studies are revealing new, unintended threats that neonicotinoid pesticides pose to insects. The chemicals, widely used by farmers, are difficult to control because they persist in the environment.

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  • August 6th 2019 at 20:00

Alcohol Producers Tout Wellness Benefits. Health Experts Say Don't Swallow Claims

By Shana Clarke
LifeVine boasts that it has little sugar and higher antioxidant levels than most wines. There is a wave of wines and spirits that aim to woo wellness enthusiasts. But some health claims made by alcohol brands have scientists on edge.

As millennials continue to fuel the decline in wine sales, some alcohol brands are making health claims as a way to attract consumers. But this has scientists and health researchers on edge.

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  • August 5th 2019 at 13:00

Watergate Salad: A Fluffy Green Bite Of Washington, D.C.'s Past

By Gabe Bullard
We may think of salads as leafy and green, but the Watergate salad is only the latter. A combination of pistachio pudding mix, canned pineapple, whipped cream and chopped nuts, the salad is the shade of a Shamrock Shake ... sort of a minty chartreuse.

Thirty years ago, if you walked into a deli in Washington, D.C., you might find a dish called "Watergate Salad." And it's not bad. Soft. Tangy. You can taste why this caught on. And why it went away.

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  • August 3rd 2019 at 14:56

Dairy Ice Cream, No Cow Needed: These Egg And Milk Proteins Are Made Without Animals

By Maria Godoy
Two scoops of Perfect Day

Some startups are making synthetic versions of animal proteins for use in foods from smoothies to baked goods. The goal: to reshape the food supply without the environmental footprint of livestock.

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  • August 2nd 2019 at 20:08

Sesame Allergies Are Likely More Widespread Than Previously Thought

By Susie Neilson
Montreal bagels sprinkled with sesame. New findings suggest allergies to sesame are comparably prevalent as those to some tree nuts. The findings come as the FDA weighs whether to require sesame to be listed as an allergen on food labels.

New research suggests allergies to sesame are comparably prevalent as those to some tree nuts. The findings come as the FDA weighs whether to require sesame to be listed as an allergen on food labels.

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  • August 2nd 2019 at 17:18