Now Playing:

News

Nation | Science | World | Environment | Food

Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

In the early 20th century, botanist David Fairchild traveled the world and brought plants back to the U.S. that we now see as thoroughly American. NPR talks with the author of a book on Fairchild.

Nation | Health | Food

Toddler Milks: Filling A Nutritional Need Or A Marketing Niche?

When parents transition a baby from breast milk or formula to cow's milk, it can seem like a big jump. We talk with a researcher who looked at just what's in the array of toddler drinks on the market.

Nation | Science | Technology | Health | Food

Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning

A microscope that clips on to your phone's camera can detect bacteria, such as salmonella or E. coli, even in tiny amounts. But the technology can't yet distinguish between good and bad bacteria.

Nation | Entertainment | Food

Goodbye, Mr. Okra: New Orleans Remembers Its Singing Vegetable Vendor

Arthur James Robinson, known as "Mr. Okra," died this week. But New Orleans residents will never forget his distinctive inventory call and his brightly-painted truck, winding through the city.

Business | Health | World | Food

U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

In March, many U.K. grocery stores will check IDs for energy drink purchases. Teachers, nutritionists and public health researchers have called for the measures — as has celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Nation | Science | Environment | Food

$40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success

A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate.

Nation | Business | Health | Food

McDonald's Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals By 2022

The company says in the next four years, 50 percent or more of its kids meals will meet new nutrition criteria, with 600 or fewer calories per meal and caps on calories from sugar and saturated fat.

Nation | Business | Economy | Food

Black Restaurant Week: Across U.S., Events Remind Diners, 'We're Here. Support Us'

Blacks often struggle to raise capital to open and run restaurants, a legacy of discrimination. Over the past few years, promotions to help diners know which restaurants are black-owned have spread.

Nation | Business | Science | Environment | Food

These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small businessmen banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agri-chemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.

Nation | Science | Entertainment | Food

Candy Heart Messages Getting Stale? Computer-Generated Options Are No Help

Computer programs known as neural networks learn by example. So a researcher plugged in some typical Valentine's Day candy heart messages — and got some weird new word combos. "BEAR WIG," anyone?