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Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

NPR | March 3, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.

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Pity For Penguins: They Can't Taste Their Dinner

NPR | Feb. 17, 2015 8:23 a.m.

Savory fish are a staple for penguins, but the poor birds lack the ability to taste the umami flavor of their meals. One hypothesis? The genes at play got frozen out of commission.

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For Rockfish, A Tale Of Recovery, Hidden On Menus

NPR | Feb. 6, 2015 1:38 p.m.

Once depleted by decades of overfishing, rockfish have rebounded. But it's hard to tell this conservation and fishery management success story if purveyors continue to misidentify the tasty fish.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

NPR | Jan. 27, 2015 8:45 a.m.

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

NPR | Jan. 10, 2015 2:48 p.m.

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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Murder, Cows And Bad Funerals In The Absurd Comedy Of 'Li'l Quinquin'

NPR | Jan. 2, 2015 7:16 a.m.

Bruno Dumont's inconclusively plotted story of a boy crossing paths with detectives and other locals was made as a miniseries, but feels little like traditional television.

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Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

NPR | Dec. 23, 2014 8:17 a.m.

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's an a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.

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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.

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Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

NPR | Sept. 24, 2014 8:35 a.m.

The latest report in response to the horse meat scandal of 2013 reminds us that the potential for fraud in the food supply is high. But scientists are working to predict and prevent the next incident.

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

NPR | Sept. 17, 2014 2:53 p.m.

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners can alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.