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?

'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.

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

NPR |Jan. 02, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

NPR |Sept. 11, 2014 9:34 a.m.

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

9 Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You're Welcome)

NPR |Sept. 09, 2014 5:33 a.m.

Seth Casteel explains the logistics of shooting his latest book: "I'm wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I'm one of the pack. ... Just kidding. ... I usually just wear a wet suit."

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

NPR |Aug. 20, 2014 2:58 p.m.

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

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