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More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans

Light beer doesn't have to mean less flavor. A growing trend is offering another option. Session beers emphasize craft-beer taste with alcohol as low as or lower than big-brand light beers.
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From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.
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Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Many crops we eat today are the product of genetic modifications that happen in a lab, not in nature. Scientists and consumers are divided how cautious we need to be about these foods.
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Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

Recent years were a good time to invest for beginning farmers, who run a quarter of U.S. farms. But with some crop prices crashing, paying back debts may require hard conversations and delayed dreams.
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Best Cookbooks Of 2014 Offer Tastes And Tales From Around The Globe

2014 was a year for faraway cuisines to take up residence in U.S. kitchens — cookbook authors cast their nets for flavors from Paris, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and points in between.
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Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.
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In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

Lumpy, bumpy produce that fails to meet supermarkets' high bar for beauty usually ends up as waste. But increasingly, European supermarkets are finding that ugly sells, if you tell the right story.
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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.
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Big Mac Whacked: McDonald's U.S. Sales Continue To Slide

McDonald's is not loving its financial numbers. The fast-food chain reported that same-store sales in the U.S. tumbled 4.6 percent in November compared to a year ago, continuing a downward trend.
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Olive Oil Producers In 'Crisis' From Weather, Pests And Disease

Global olive oil production is down. Italian groves have been especially hard hit by a disease that killed 1 million trees. Audie Cornish speaks with Curtis Cord, publisher of the Olive Oil Times.

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