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Zebra And Cattle Make Good Lunch Partners, Researchers Say

In Africa, some ranchers shoot wildlife to keep them from eating the grass out from under their cattle. But it turns out some wildlife, like zebra, actually help cattle graze — by clearing fibrous grass stalks away and promoting the new shoot growth that cows crave.

Cantaloupe Illness And Death Toll May Keep Climbing, CDC Says

Cantaloupe has been implicated in two multi-state outbreaks of food-borne illness this year. Eight people have died in the latest outbreak; illnesses are expected to climb, CDC says, because listeria can live in the gut for up to two months before a person gets sick.

Shining A Light On The Hidden Hardships Of Tomato Pickers

This summer, fair food activists demanded that Trader Joe's sign an agreement to pay tomato pickers higher wages. The social cost of industrial agriculture is rarely discussed even as American consumers grow increasingly discontented with how food is produced.

'Biggest Loser' Nudges Many Viewers To Think Thin

More than half of the people in a recent poll say weight-loss shows influence what they eat. And 49 percent say they believe the television programs will have a positive influence on the obesity epidemic.

What's In That Wine Glass May Not Prevent Aging After All

The links between red wine and longevity aren't nearly as strong as they once seemed, according to new research in the journal Nature. In fact, the research calls into question the whole mechanism used to explain wine's power to extend life.

So What Is The Salt?

The Salt is a blog is about what we eat and why we eat it. It's about how food opens doors for discussion all over the world, and how it shapes the world, from culture, to science, to history, to business practices and environmental impacts.

American History, Seen Through A Shot Glass

The United States as we know it was born in a bar, according to a new history of drinking in America. Author Christine Sismondo says most of the major events of the Revolution were plotted in colonial taverns, the start of a grand old American tradition

Irene Aftermath: When It Rains, It Spores

Foragers in the Northeast say they've seen more mushrooms since Hurricane Irene tore through the region than ever before. While there are more than 1,000 varieties, only a couple dozen are edible.