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Journey Of A Specialty Coffee Bean, From Cherry To Cup

That tasty cup of java from your favorite gourmet coffee shop began life on a farm thousands of miles away. Farmers who cater to the specialty coffee market compete on quality. And some use the higher prices their beans fetch to reinvest in their businesses and improve conditions for workers.

How Coffee Brings The World Together

Coffee is social stimulant, solitary pleasure, intellectual catalyst. It also connects us to far corners of the globe. From small specialty farms in Guatemala to large, industrial operations in Brazil and unexpected corners of the world, like Vietnam, the world's morning cup of joe makes quite a journey.
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Fairfax Teacher Eats Unusual Greens

A Fairfax County native is pulling weeds and planning meals around the greens he gets for free in the confines of his backyard.


Spirituality And Sprite, Aisle 1? What An Artist Sees In Wal-Mart

Artist Brendan O'Connell's paintings find beauty in a cathedral of American consumerism. His thoughtful, unironic paintings of life inside Wal-Mart stores reflect on our relationship to brands and the search for "transcendence" in a shopping cart.

There's More To Rhubarb Than Meets The Eye

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl about the vegetable you thought you knew: Rhubarb. From a 17th century geopolitical bargaining chip, to a 21st century cocktail ingredient, there's a lot more to the story than pies.

Fertilizer Shows Its Deadly Side

This week's explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas reminds us of the "cursed" side of the nitrogen that powers most of agriculture around the world. Through habit or necessity, we've come to depend on it. But there are costs.
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Michael Pollan: "Cooked"

Michael Pollan helped start -- or at least spur -- the slow food movement by taking readers through the food chain and examining why and how we eat. Now, Pollan is taking to the kitchen in an effort to reclaim cooking as an enjoyable and important part of daily life.