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Politics of the Plate

Perfectly red, unblemished winter tomatoes don't just disappoint when it comes to taste and nutrition: they may be the product of modern-day slavery. Barry Estabrook's exposé of abuses in the Florida tomato industry earned him a James Beard award.

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Farmers Cheer Administration's About-Face On Limiting Teen Farm Work

The Obama administration backed off a proposal to restrict teens from working on farms after a major push by conservatives and farm state Democrats. But farmers themselves weren't too happy about the restrictions, either.
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Cracking The Code: Making Vegan Cheese Taste Cheesier

The market for cheese made without animal protein is ripe, given the rise in veganism, milk allergies, and fat and calorie concerns. But scientists explain why it's so hard to make it taste and melt the way Western palates demand.
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'Hot Dog' Meets 'Bun': Famous Food Discoveries

Some of the most popular culinary creations — Granny Smith apples, Caesar salad and nachos — are products of fortuitous discoveries. Josh Chetwynd's new book, How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun, chronicles the quirky history of kitchen favorites.
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Taming Those Wild, Stinging Backyard Greens Into Dinner

A Pittsburgh food writer offers a lesson in making pesto out of stinging nettles and garlic mustard — springtime greens often considered weeds.
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Fresh Food Advocate Links Farmers, Doctors, Low-Income Families

Wholesome Wave CEO and President Michael Nischan tells The Salt about plans to get doctors to prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables for better health and encouraging farmers to connect with low-income neighborhoods.

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