Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

NPR |Sept. 29, 2014 9:27 a.m.

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

Belgium Likes Underground Beer. No, Literally

NPR |Sept. 26, 2014 7:32 a.m.

The historic city of Bruges is getting a 2-mile-long underground beer pipeline. Too bad it's from brewery to factory, not brewery to your door.

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

NPR |Sept. 25, 2014 2:33 p.m.

In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.

Sayonara To 'Super-Size Me'? Food Companies Cut Calories, So Do We

NPR |Sept. 25, 2014 9:26 a.m.

Major food companies have cut trillions of calories, and studies show Americans are consuming fewer calories because of it. But some advocates think companies should do more to improve our diets.

Stoutaccino? Starbucks Tests Coffee With Beer Flavors

NPR |Sept. 23, 2014 9:29 a.m.

Reports that Starbucks is testing a new coffee drink for autumn that incorporates "toasty stout flavors" has set off a debate over how such a concoction might taste, and whether it's a good idea.

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

NPR |Sept. 22, 2014 2:56 p.m.

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

NPR |Sept. 20, 2014 4:03 a.m.

For 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has been a place for the hungry to feed themselves and learn new skills. Now a bustling social enterprise, it's inspired similar programs across the nation.

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 1:13 p.m.

Russia's ban on imported foods hasn't stopped its trendiest restaurants from sourcing top-quality ingredients like Italian cheese and Norwegian fish. How? Just slap on a "made in Belarus" label.

Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared To Four Years Ago

NPR |Sept. 12, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

NPR |Sept. 09, 2014 12:13 p.m.

Psychology tells us that waiting for an experience can boost our happiness, as can talking about the experience afterward. That's one reason food pilgrims seem to be queuing up and Instagramming it.

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