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Heard It Through The Grapevine: Raisin Grower Goes Rogue

In this "Planet Money" report, we learn about a man many call an outlaw. His crime? Growing raisins and then selling them all. For the last 10 years, he's violated the law and gone against the Raisin Administrative Committee.
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Listeria Outbreak Still Haunts Colorado's Cantaloupe Growers

The contaminated fruit that killed 33 people and sickened at least 147 others in 2011 came from a farm 90 miles from Rocky Ford, Colo. But the town's many melon farmers took a huge hit nonetheless, and are still trying to convince the public their cantaloupes are safe.
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In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab

The Iraqis, among many other Middle Easterners, believe they invented the kebab. The skewered meat dish appears as early as the 9th century in a book from the southern city of Basra called The Book of Misers.
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Chipotle Is Keeping Its Meat Antibiotic-Free After All

Chipotle isn't changing its ban on meat raised with antibiotics after all, despite headlines to the contrary, a spokesman for the Mexican-fast-food chain tells NPR. According to an official statement from Chipotle, the chain's antibiotic ban still stands. For now.
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The All-American Burger

For many Americans, summer means afternoons spent tending burgers on the grill. The iconic food has long been ubiquitous in our culture, but a new burst of "better burger" chains has infused energy into the familiar meal.

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Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad For Bees

The rise in urban beekeeping could end up resulting in too many bees with too few flowers to feed on, two U.K. scientists warn. That's already the case in London, where the number of urban hives has doubled over the past five years, they say.
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Richmond Groups Join Forces To Fight Food Deserts

A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets—a place where you can't buy fresh fruits or vegetables. Richmond, Va. has been rated the worst food desert in the nation for a city of its size, but an effort is underway to change that.

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Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds

At Colorado State University, billions of seeds and other genetic material sit inside a giant storage vault. They're kept there in case of a loss of plant or animal life on a regional or global scale. But the investigation into GMO wheat in Oregon has raised questions about security at the facility.
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Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over The Last 300 Years

When you put a librarian and a historian in the kitchen with a centuries' old cookbook, you get a lot more than recipes. You also get a sense of how much the way we eat has changed — from how we define dessert to the size of our eggs.
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Sandwich Monday: The Jim Shoe

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a lesser-known Chicago classic, the Jim Shoe sandwich. It's also known as the "Gym Shoe," the "Jim Shoo" and "delicious."

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