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Yesterday โ€” June 16th 2019NPR Food

The Food Business Incubator That Helps Immigrant Women Pursue The American Dream

By Mandalit del Barco
From left: Gloria Amaya, José Amaya, Silvia Gómez, and Alicia Villanueva, the founder of Tamales Los Mayas. A graduate of La Cocina

Since 2005, San Francisco's La Cocina has helped low-income entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Some went on to recognition from the prestigious James Beard awards. A new book tells their stories.

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  • June 16th 2019 at 13:00
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How Almonds Went From Deadly To Delicious

By Susie Neilson
Thanks to a genetic mutation thousands of years ago, modern domesticated sweet almonds are delicious and safe to eat.

In a new study, researchers pinpoint the genetic mutation that transformed almonds from toxic and bitter to tasty and sweet.

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  • June 13th 2019 at 21:28

The Swap: Less Processed Meat, More Plant-Based Foods May Boost Longevity

By Allison Aubrey
Processed meats, including hot dogs and bacon, cook in a frying pan. A new study of 80,000 people finds that those who ate the most red meat — especially processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs — had a higher risk of premature death compared with those who cut back.

A new study of 80,000 people finds that those who ate the most red meat — especially processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs — had a higher risk of premature death compared with those who ate less.

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  • June 13th 2019 at 00:31

Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

By Dan Charles
Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer

Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer's ideals. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.

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  • June 12th 2019 at 11:02

How The Author Of 'Midnight Chicken' Unexpectedly Built A Life Worth Living

By Jean Fain
A suicidal depression almost ended Ella Risbridger

Ella Risbridger was suicidally depressed when she roasted a chicken and ended up writing an uplifting, genre-bending cookbook that reads like a magical mix of memoir, novel and self-help book.

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  • June 11th 2019 at 13:00

We Drink Basically The Same Wine Varietals As Ancient Romans, And That's Not So Great

By Susie Neilson
An engraving shows Galla Placidia (390-450), daughter of Roman Emperor Theodosius I, in captivity. New research shows that in some cases, we are drinking almost the exact same wine that Roman emperors did — our pinot noir and syrah grapes are genetic "siblings" of the ancient Roman varieties.

Many of today's most popular wine varietals are extremely genetically similar to wines that may have existed for thousands of years, a new study finds. In the face of climate change, that's risky.

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  • June 10th 2019 at 20:51

Organic Farming Has A Plastic Problem. One Solution Is Controversial

By Lisa Elaine Held
Lettuce sprouts amid rows of plastic covering the ground at One Straw Farm, an organic operation north of Baltimore. Although conventional farmers also use plastic mulch, organic produce farms like One Straw rely on the material even more because they must avoid chemical weed killers, which are banned in organic farming.

Many organic farmers rely on plastic as a form of mulch, but it ends up in landfills. Biodegradable plastic could help, but some worry about its long-term effects on soil health and the environment.

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  • June 7th 2019 at 13:00

Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean โ€” And The Food Chain

By Christopher Joyce
The deep ocean is filled with sea creatures like giant larvaceans. They

Giant gyres of plastic in the ocean grab headlines, but it's the tiny bits of plastic that scare scientists. And they've made their way everywhere, a new study finds — including in our seafood.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

  • June 6th 2019 at 15:01

Young Baker Takes His Family To Disney On Profits From Cupcake Sales

Isaiah Tuckett, 14, sold thousands of dollars worth of homemade cupcakes — enough to take all seven of his family members to Disney World. Isaiah's new goal is to save up for a pickup truck.

  • June 6th 2019 at 11:00

How A Fight Over Beef Jerky Reveals Tensions Over SNAP In The Trump Era

By Allison Aubrey
A sign in the window of a New York City market advertises the acceptance of food stamps.

Retailers that accept SNAP benefits must stock a variety of staple foods, including a minimum number of fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy and grain options. Now there's a fight over what counts.

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  • June 5th 2019 at 00:04

What Counts As A Healthy 'Staple Food' Option For SNAP Benefits?

By Allison Aubrey

The comment-period ends this week on a proposed federal rule to offer convenience stores that take SNAP benefits more flexibility in the foods they sell. There are competing views on what count as "staple foods."

  • June 4th 2019 at 22:20

White House's About-Face On Mexican Trade A 'Gut Punch' To U.S. Businesses

By Yuki Noguchi
Trucks are seen heading into the United States from Mexico along the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday. U.S. industries say President Trump

U.S. industries, from grocers to clothing-makers, say President Trump's threatened tariffs on goods from Mexico raise uncertainty. The turmoil comes just as a new trade agreement seemed near.

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  • June 4th 2019 at 21:37

'Fate Of Food' Asks: What's For Dinner In A Hotter, Drier, More Crowded World?

By Terry Gross

Environmental journalist Amanda Little says the sustainable food revolution will include meat cultured in a lab, 3-D printer food, aquaculture and indoor vertical farming.

  • June 3rd 2019 at 19:24

Kelp Has Been Touted As The New Kale, But It Has Been Slow To Catch On

By Alan Yu
Bren Smith is a seaweed farmer and co-founder of GreenWave, a nonprofit that supports and trains ocean farmers.

While the seaweed has a lot of things going for it in terms of nutrition and climate friendliness, the lack of infrastructure to process it and people's tastes have not been quick to adopt it.

(Image credit: Courtesy of GreenWave)

  • June 3rd 2019 at 14:16

Stinking Rich? Malaysia Aims To Cash In On China's Durian Craze

By Michael Sullivan
A Malaysian Musang King durian, much sought after by consumers in China.

A single durian could fetch $100 in China, where appetite for the spiky, pungent fruit is booming. Now Malaysia wants to make the durian a leading export, and the rush to plant and invest is on.

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  • June 2nd 2019 at 23:11

Parsi Cafes, A Centuries-Old Tradition In India, Are Vanishing

By Rebecca Rosman
Boman Kohinoor, 97, has spent the past eight decades committed to his beloved Britannia & Co., one of Mumbai

Since the 1800s, these cafes have flourished in Mumbai. They've helped keep alive the culture and cuisine of Parsis — Zoroastrians who fled Persia centuries ago. Now, that tradition is fading.

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  • June 2nd 2019 at 14:22

Samin Nosrat Is Making Space At The Table

By Karen Grigsby Bates
Samin Nosrat, author of the cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking.

Nosrat is that rare thing: a woman of color in the upper echelons of the hypercompetitive food world. She is acutely aware of her unicorn status — and taking steps to try to change that.

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  • May 30th 2019 at 20:00

Safe Or Scary? The Shifting Reputation Of Glyphosate, AKA Roundup

By Dan Charles
John Draper pours glyphosate into the tank of his sprayer at the University of Maryland

The world's most widely used weed killer was once seen as one of the safest pesticides. Now it is blamed for causing cancer. Yet the scientific evidence remains disputed.

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  • May 30th 2019 at 11:00

Planting A Seed: The Vegan Diet in 2019 (Rebroadcast)

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are two of the vegan diet's famous fans.

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  • May 27th 2019 at 17:20

Why Suburban Moms Are Delivering Your Groceries

By Alina Selyukh
"I had one day I worked six hours and made $50. It really wasn

After two master's degrees and three children, Hilary Gordon is one of the women who now make up more than half of the contractors at food delivery apps like Instacart. NPR spent a day with her.

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  • May 25th 2019 at 23:19
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