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How The Sweet Potato Crossed The Pacific Way Before The Europeans Did

The genes of the root vegetable have a juicy story to tell of trans-oceanic adventure. A DNA analysis of sweet potatoes adds evidence to the theory that ancient Polynesians visited South America long before the Europeans arrived.
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Fla. Tomato Growers Think Trade Deal With Mexico Is Rotten

Half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S come from Mexico. For 16 years, Mexican growers have agreed not to sell tomatoes below what's called a reference price. That was supposed to protect Florida growers from cheap Mexican tomatoes. But it's not just the price: Mexican growers say their tomatoes taste better.
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Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk

Farmers in the Southeast had accused their own food cooperative, the Dairy Farmers of America, of striking a deal that created a milk monopoly and suppressed the price paid for raw milk. In settling the case, the cooperative said it did nothing wrong.
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Energy Drinks Blamed For Boost In Emergency Room Visits

A new report says the number of ER visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011. Many of those visits involved patients who combined the drinks with alcohol and other drugs, intensifying the effects. Manufacturers say there's no proof the drinks are to blame.
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Inaugural Balls Where Food Isn't An Afterthought

Gearing up for inaugural weekend balls often means getting ready to stand in lots of lines for some not-so-awesome food. But if you want to say goodbye to the rubber chicken brigade, these foodcentric inaugural balls might be a better bet.

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