Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

NPR |Aug. 29, 2014 12:20 p.m.

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether they're from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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.

Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 2:40 p.m.

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally appropriate food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

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.

Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

NPR |Aug. 26, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

NPR |Aug. 26, 2014 10:40 a.m.

An immigrant who mastered the art of the Dominican-style cake is baking up a business in her New York City neighborhood. And she is spreading Caribbean culture along with her frosting.

Nestle Nudges Its Suppliers To Improve Animal Welfare

NPR |Aug. 22, 2014 9:34 a.m.

The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.

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.

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.

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

NPR |Aug. 20, 2014 7:54 a.m.

Tiny Singapore imports almost all its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.

Thanks to our Sponsors:
become a sponsor
Thanks to our Sponsors
become a sponsor