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'Diversity Bake Sale' Stirs Up Controversy

The Berkeley College Republicans based prices of their baked goods on customers' race and gender. The Tuesday event was protesting proposed legislation that would allow race, gender and ethnicity to be considered in the admissions process across California public universities. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Berkeley College Republicans President Shawn Lewis and UC Berkeley student body President Vishalli Loomba.
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Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not Enough To Waste

In sub-Saharan Africa, where agricultural productivity is lowest and food shortages are most common, "huge volumes of rainwater are lost or never used," says Alain Vidal, director of the Challenge Program on Water and Food, which commissioned the studies.
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How A Small Red Fruit Performs Taste Miracles For 'Flavor Trippers'

Japanese food chemists have found a way to explain how a chemical in miracle fruit makes sour flavors taste sweet. The fruit has inspired a small counterculture of flavor trippers as well as chefs who are experimenting with the chemical as a low-cal sweetener.
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Caffeinated Women May Be Fighting Depression With Every Cup

A Harvard School of Public Health study of more than 50,000 nurses suggests the more caffeine they drank, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are calling for more study on why this might be.
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Lemongrass Brings Essential Spark To Southeast Asian Cooking

Lemongrass is prized in Southeast Asia for lightening meat dishes and keeping powerful seafood flavors in check, as well as imparting its own unique citrusy, herbal flavor. The Thai people have also traditionally prized lemongrass as a digestive aid.
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The Farm Bill: From Charitable Start To Prime Budget Target

This is the first in our occasional series on how the farm bill shapes food and land use policy. In this installment, the history of the farm bill, and why it's been a matter of debate since its inception during the Great Depression.
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Salvadoran Treats Win N.Y. Street Food Award

Pupusas took the highest honor at New Yorks' seventh annual Vendy awards — a competition for the best street vendor food. Solber Pupusas is the winner of the coveted Vendy Cup. Chef Reina Bermudez makes the thick Salvadoran tortillas from maize flour and fills them with savories like pork and cheese. She told the New York Daily News that her papusas are special because she "makes everything with a lot of love."

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