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Today โ€” April 20th 2018NPR Food

For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

By Maria Godoy
Tim Ma prepares a duck confit salad at his restaurant, Kyirisan, in Washington, D.C. Ma says being mindful about reducing food waste is an integral part of his philosophy in the kitchen — not just for environmental reasons but also for profitability.

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

(Image credit: Becky Harlan/NPR)

  • April 20th 2018 at 14:00

For One California Company, Trump's Tariffs Have Unintended Consequences

By Jim Zarroli
Cans are lined up at the Pacific Coast Producers plant in Oroville, Calif. The company, which cans fruits for sale in supermarkets, says new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on steel imports will eat into its profits.

The administration says the steel and aluminum tariffs will raise costs just slightly. But in a low-margin business like canned goods, a little extra cost can take a deep bite out of profits.

(Image credit: Rick King Design)

  • April 19th 2018 at 23:01
Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018NPR Food

Veterans-Turned-Brewers Help Others Who Served Develop New Skills

By Rebecca Sheir
Steve Gagner fills one of the first barrels of bourbon from Danger Close Craft Distilling in St. Albans, Vt.

Vermont veterans cook up a brewery and a bourbon distillery that not only lifts spirits, but gives back to the community and creates a model that may encourage other vets to try entrepreneurship.

(Image credit: Zachariah Fike )

  • April 19th 2018 at 17:35
Before yesterdayNPR Food

Local Courts Lift Arkansas Weedkiller Ban, Creating Chaos

By Dan Charles
Arkansas farmer David Wildy inspects a field of soybeans that were damaged by dicamba. The pesticide ban is tied up in courts, leaving farmers uncertain about what to plant.

The state's summertime ban on the use of a popular weedkiller has dissolved, for now, as a result of court decisions. Some confused farmers are rethinking their plans for this year's crops.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

  • April 18th 2018 at 20:41

Antarctic Veggies: Practice For Growing Plants On Other Planets

By Menaka Wilhelm
Engineer Daniel Schubert inspects lettuce at the German Aerospace Center in Bremen. Scientists there are developing greenhouses for a potential Mars colony. The first greenhouse is being tested in an inhospitable environment in the Antarctic.

We may cultivate crops in space one day, so scientists are running an Antarctic greenhouse to prepare. They've harvested the first crop, but like any space mission, it's a bit tricky.

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  • April 18th 2018 at 14:00

Starbucks Closing 8,000 Stores For An Afternoon, For Racial-Bias Education

By Camila Domonoske
Protesters demonstrate outside a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Sunday, several days after police arrested two black men who were waiting inside the Center City coffee shop. The chain has announced it will close for an afternoon on May 29 for companywide racial-bias training.

Last week, two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, where they were quietly waiting to meet someone. Starbucks has apologized and has now announced a training on May 29.

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  • April 17th 2018 at 21:55

Armenia's Ancient Motal Cheese Makes Its Way Into The Modern Age

By Laura Kiniry
Motal cheese is a fresh goat

A college student gives a commercially extinct cheese from Armenia a shot at new life, and tourists in a remote mountainous region of the tiny country get a taste of something unique and regional.

(Image credit: Cross of Armenian Unity/Ruslan Torosyan)

  • April 17th 2018 at 21:19

In North Carolina, Hog Waste Is Becoming A Streamlined Fuel Source

By James Morrison
Casey Collins, Duke University energy manager, inspects a boiler at the West Campus Steam Plant. Soon, these boilers will run on swine biogas instead of natural gas.

North Carolina isn't rich in coal, natural gas or oil, but it has more hogs than nearly any other state. And for years, scientists and farmers have been trying to turn swine biogas into electricity.

(Image credit: James Morrison/WUNC)

  • April 17th 2018 at 14:00

Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

By Menaka Wilhelm
Composting food scraps is one way to reduce food waste, but preventing excess food in the first place is better, says the EPA.

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

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  • April 16th 2018 at 18:13

The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

By Richard Harris
Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache."

Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache."

(Image credit: Maria Dattola Photography/Getty Images)

  • April 16th 2018 at 10:56

Refugee Women Cook Up Syrian Cuisine To Eke Out A Living In Turkey

By Peter Kenyon
Some of the jams and preserves made by the "Women

Many of the millions of Syrians living as refugees in Turkey have realized they're unlikely to make it home soon. So some of the women are turning their knowledge of Syrian cooking into a business.

(Image credit: Peter Kenyon/NPR)

  • April 15th 2018 at 22:50

For Yazidis In U.S., New Year Holiday Brings Taste Of Lamb And The Home They Fled

By Bonny Wolf
Like other spring holidays, Sere Sal, the Yazidi new year, is about fertility and new life. An ancient Kurdish religious minority, the Yazidis color eggs for the holiday in honor of the colors that Tawus Melek, God

Like other spring holidays, Sere Sal is about fertility and new life. For Yazidi refugees who fled genocide at the hands of ISIS in Iraq, cooking the foods of the holiday is a way to re-create home.

(Image credit: Nawaf Ashur )

  • April 15th 2018 at 14:00

Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax

By Allison Aubrey
Soda for sale at a supermarket in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. A sticker on the shelves tells customers the items are subject to the city

A new study suggests that residents of Philadelphia are 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily compared with people in cities that don't have a soda tax in place.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

  • April 13th 2018 at 20:06

The Complex Code In A Potato Chip: Why We Love The Flavors We Do

By Jennifer Neal
Our choice of snacks is influenced by gender, age, income and even cultural flavor preferences.

Much can affect our choice of munchies: gender, age, income and cultural preferences. And our cravings for one of the world's favorite salty snacks — with its myriad flavors — says a lot about us.

(Image credit: Maanvi Singh/for NPR)

  • April 13th 2018 at 14:00

Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School

By Brakkton Booker
Hilda Herrera of New York state is one of 40,000 people who rely on the SNAP program for help buying groceries.

Republicans in Congress have released their version of a new Farm Bill. It imposes new requirements on low-income recipients of food assistance, but continues traditional subsidies for farmers.

(Image credit: Seth Wenig/AP)

  • April 13th 2018 at 01:35

Should California Winemakers Be Worried About China's Tariffs?

By Julian M. Alston
With the new tariff in effect, most American wines will incur duties of 29 percent.

California produces about 85 percent of American wine, which is worth about $1.5 billion in exports. As of now, China imports little U.S. wine, but it's one of the world's fastest-growing markets.

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  • April 12th 2018 at 17:17

NECCO-Mania: Fans Stock Up On Chalky Wafers In Case Candy Company Folds

By Craig LeMoult
Rumors of the NECCO maker

Rumors of the impending demise of NECCO have sparked a renewed interest in the company's products — especially its famous, eponymous, chalky wafers that some people love to hate.

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  • April 11th 2018 at 22:36

Don't Mess With The Sweet Potato Pie: A Museum Wrestles With 'Authentic' Black Menu

By Tracie McMillan
Sweet Potato Pie served at the Sweet Home Cafe inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. When the museum opened in October 2016, the pie contained a twist, ginger. But customers used to more traditional Southern African-American preparations of the dish weren

When the National Museum Of African American History and Culture's cafe tweaked traditional Southern black dishes, some customers weren't having it. It just shows how tricky "authentic" food can be.

(Image credit: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

  • April 11th 2018 at 14:00

If You Eat A Really Hot Pepper, Brace For A 'Thunderclap' Headache

As part of a contest, a man ate one of the world's hottest peppers. He started dry heaving and had "thunderclap" headaches, which can signal bleeding in the brain. He's OK.

  • April 11th 2018 at 13:04

Craft Bourbon Brewers Ride The Boom, Prepare For A Bust

By Ashlie Stevens
Bottles of single barrel bourbon are filled on the bottling line at a distillery in Kentucky, the center of the bourbon universe. But some distillers are looking to other spirits, too.

While there has been sustained interest in bourbon in the past several years, some craft distillers are preparing in case of a bust by investing in rum and other spirits.

(Image credit: Luke Sharrett/Getty Images/Bloomberg Creative )

  • April 10th 2018 at 19:12
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