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.

Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

NPR |Aug. 17, 2014 8:39 a.m.

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

NPR |Aug. 04, 2014 5:12 a.m.

The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly-rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now are threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

NPR |July 30, 2014 12:21 p.m.

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore college is the first successful attempt in North America.

Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA And Other Animal Behavior Explained

NPR |July 23, 2014 12:25 p.m.

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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