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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

NPR | March 26, 2015 2:42 p.m.

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

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Not Prosecuting Companies If They Promise To Behave

NPR | March 24, 2015 7:10 a.m.

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

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Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie? France Rallies To Defend Its Food's Honor

NPR | March 23, 2015 11:31 a.m.

With fast food now a staple at home and Danish and Spanish chefs in the limelight, France's culinary supremacy is no longer a given. The government has launched a defense of French food traditions.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

NPR | March 19, 2015 8:33 a.m.

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability

NPR | March 18, 2015 3:27 p.m.

In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.

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To Eat Authentically Irish This St. Patrick's Day, Go For The Butter

NPR | March 17, 2015 10:47 a.m.

From 3,000-year-old peat bogs to 19th-century Brazil to modern foodies, the love of Irish butter has spread far. The secret to Ireland's deliciously rich, creamy butter is in its rolling green hills.

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Looks Matter: A Century Of Iconic Food Packaging

NPR | March 16, 2015 9:24 a.m.

Many of the boxes, bags and bottles that contain our edibles were once groundbreaking —both in their design and in how they changed our perception of what's inside. Designers tell us their favorites.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

NPR | March 10, 2015 2:03 p.m.

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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Movie Chains Balk At Netflix's Plan For Simultaneous Release

NPR | March 7, 2015 4:50 p.m.

The streaming service plans to release Beasts Of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, simultaneously in theaters and online. But at least four major movie theater chains won't be showing it.

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Voluptuous Veg: Can Food Porn Seed Lust For Healthy Eating?

NPR | March 6, 2015 2:01 p.m.

Tempting-looking spoonfuls of chocolate are plentiful online. Beautiful Brussels sprouts? Not so much. A campaign aims to boost the number of these images and whet our appetites for healthy foods.