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Why Your Hamburger Might Be Leading To Nitrogen Pollution

Many farmers who grow corn and soybeans to feed livestock use too much nitrogen fertilizer, which can cause a host of environmental problems. To fix them, scientists say we should eat less meat.

Should Sprouts Come With A Warning Label?

Over 20 people have been sickened in two new outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to alfalfa sprouts. For something many deem a "health food," sprouts continue to be a vexing food-safety challenge.

Judge Rules NYC Can Require Sodium Warnings On Restaurant Menus

A state judge ruled Wednesday that New York City health officials can enforce a requirement for chain restaurants to inform consumers which menu items have more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.
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The Evolution of the Urban Grocery Store

Grocery stores are about more than oversized shopping cars and mile-high shelves. We talk about how shopping for food fits into the urban landscape and the urban lifestyle.


Cookbook Explores Recipes From India's Most Famous Slum

The Indecisive Chicken combines the recipes and life stories of eight women from communities across India who now make their home in Dharavi, a teeming slum featured in Slumdog Millionaire.

Alabama Fast-Food Workers Rally To Defend City's Wage Hike

The Birmingham City Council approved a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, but some state legislators want to block it. A coalition representing low-wage workers is trying to defend the Birmingham bill.

When Britain Fought Against The Tyranny Of Tea Breaks

British tea drinking is on the decline. U.K. leaders might have welcomed such news in the 1970s, when the length of the tea break became a major point of political contention.

'Save The Fleet, Eat Less Wheat': The Patriotic History Of Ditching Bread

Finding bread alternatives may seem like a thoroughly modern obsession. But, during both world wars, consumers were urged to give up their white bread habit for the national good.

First U.S. Factory OK'd For Cuba Aims To Plow A Path Into 21st Century

Two businessmen — one of whom was born in Cuba — have been granted permission to build the first U.S. factory on the island nation since 1960. They plan to produce small tractors for Cuban farmers.

Lo Mein Loophole: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled A Chinese Restaurant Boom

In the early 20th century, the Chinese faced draconian immigration rules. But owners of a few types of businesses could get special visas. In 1915, restaurants got on that list. The rest is history.