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.

Why Hungry Seniors Aren't Getting Enough To Eat

NPR | Aug. 14, 2014 5:05 p.m.

A study found that 60 percent of elderly patients who visited an emergency department in 2013 were malnourished. But doctors say it can be relatively easy to help seniors get the food they need.

Sayur Manis: Delicious, But Also Deadly, Greens From Borneo

NPR | Aug. 14, 2014 2:19 p.m.

Sayur manis is a green vegetable that tastes like spinach with a hint of asparagus when cooked. It's packed with nutrients, but the raw leaves have been linked to outbreaks of lung failure.

Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

NPR | Aug. 14, 2014 9:14 a.m.

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.

Edible Flowers Find A Sweet Companion In Chocolate

NPR | Aug. 13, 2014 11:54 a.m.

Chefs and gardeners have long used edible blossoms as a garnish for salads and entrees. Now, food entrepreneurs are giving them a big role in mixed drinks and chocolate.

Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Famers On The Defensive

NPR | Aug. 08, 2014 2:52 p.m.

Ohio farmers say they are not the only ones to blame for Toledo's polluted drinking water. They say they are using only as much fertilizer as they need to grow their crops.

What Are Those Parabens Doing In My Tortilla?

NPR | Aug. 08, 2014 8:28 a.m.

Parabens are chemical preservatives. I've spent years trying to avoid them in beauty products, but I'm not sure why. When I saw them on a nutrition label recently, I decided to investigate.

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