Do We Need A New 'Environmental Impact' Label For Beef?

NPR |Oct. 17, 2014 6:42 a.m.

Labels like "organic" and "grass-fed" don't capture the beef industry's true environmental impact, researchers say. Why not have a label that assesses water use, land use and greenhouse gas emissions?

A Balanced Diet For World Food Day: Bugs, Groundnuts And Grains

NPR |Oct. 16, 2014 10:41 a.m.

Termites and mung beans are among the ingredients that can bring better nutrition to the 800 million undernourished people in the lower income world.

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

NPR |Oct. 15, 2014 4:01 p.m.

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

Love Pine Nuts? Then Protect Pine Forests

NPR |Oct. 08, 2014 2:02 p.m.

An expensive delicacy among nuts, pine nuts are foraged — not farmed — from distant forests. In some places, the delicate ecosystems that produce the nuts are disappearing.

Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art

NPR |Oct. 08, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Figures found on the walls of a prehistoric cave in Indonesia are at least 35,400 years old or more, scientists say. That might mean the earliest art developed independently in different regions.

The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

NPR |Oct. 07, 2014 12:35 p.m.

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill so women could enjoy sex. They fibbed about their motivations and skirted the law. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill.

Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

NPR |Oct. 07, 2014 12:35 p.m.

It's tempting to seek out the mac-and-cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

Your Fellow Diners' Size May Affect How Much You Eat

NPR |Oct. 02, 2014 1:20 p.m.

In one study, people who ate near a heavier dining companion served themselves lots more food. Researchers say a fellow diner's weight is just one of many subconscious cues influencing what we eat.

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

NPR |Oct. 01, 2014 5:53 a.m.

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

'Human Flesh' Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 1:11 p.m.

In a stunt to promote the next season of the hit zombie show The Walking Dead, London chefs have concocted a burger inspired by human flesh. They're giving them away Tuesday at a pop-up restaurant.

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