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'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

NPR | May 5, 2015 2:59 p.m.

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.

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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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The Accidental Hunter: For One Outdoorsman, Roadkill Is His Only Red Meat

NPR | March 10, 2015 9:32 a.m.

When a car hits and kills a deer or other creature, Jeff Potter swoops in and recovers the meat, then feeds it to friends and family. No one has ever gotten sick, he says.

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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.