A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision of Vanilla

NPR |Aug. 29, 2014 8:28 a.m.

The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

NPR |Aug. 28, 2014 2:09 p.m.

One in 10 packaged foods still contain trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

NPR |Aug. 28, 2014 6:37 a.m.

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.

Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu

NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 10:19 a.m.

India wins praise for providing free lunches to 120 million of its poorest children. But lax supervision has led to lapses that have sickened and even killed youngsters.

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 4:31 a.m.

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

NPR |Aug. 25, 2014 8:53 a.m.

Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

NPR |Aug. 21, 2014 1:30 p.m.

Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

NPR |Aug. 19, 2014 12:25 p.m.

In his new memoir Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors, and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

NPR |Aug. 18, 2014 7:58 a.m.

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.

Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

NPR |Aug. 15, 2014 12:37 p.m.

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

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