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  • Swine, Superbugs, and the Meat We Choose to Eat

    By Patrick Mustain | May 7, 2015 |

    Source: Wikimedia Creative Commons A study published last week in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease found that Iowa pig farm workers were six times more likely than non-pig farmers to carry multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( S. […]

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  • Go Ask Alice: The History of Toklas’ Legendary Hashish Fudge

    Go Ask Alice: The History of Toklas’ Legendary Hashish Fudge

    By Layla Eplett | April 20, 2015 |

    Alice B. Toklas truly stirred the pot when she included a recipe for hashish fudge in her memoir-cum-cookbook. She published The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook in 1954, following the death of her lifelong partner, Gertrude Stein. Along with personal musings, it contained recipes primarily for French cuisine but it was the inclusion of the Moroccan cannabis confection that caused controversy. […]

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  • Foods On The High End: Exploring Haute Cuisine Cannabis

    Foods On The High End: Exploring Haute Cuisine Cannabis

    By Layla Eplett | April 20, 2015 |

    Inside and outside the kitchen, chefs have been known to get into the weeds–but the majority of culinary cannabis creations have been mainly limited to a few cakes, cookies, and of course, the archetypal pot brownie. In GQ , writer Jesse Pearson opined, “We’re a nation that obsesses over food and chefs as much as we secretly obsess over drugs, but to judge by the sad trifles on display at legal weed dispensaries, the evolution of the pot snack stalled back when Janis Joplin was still alive. […]

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  • Blue Zones: What the Longest-Lived People Eat (Hint: It’s Not Steak Dinners)

    Blue Zones: What the Longest-Lived People Eat (Hint: It’s Not Steak Dinners)

    By Patrick Mustain | April 6, 2015 |

    Photo by Gianluca Colla, Courtesy Blue Zones On April 7th, the book “ Blue Zones Solutions ” will hit the shelves. In it, Dan Buettner , CEO of the eponymous organization describes his work over the last decade visiting and studying populations throughout the world where people live extraordinarily long, healthy, and happy lives. […]

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  • Fungal Foods, Science in Politics, and some GMOs – March Link Dump

    By Kevin Bonham | March 31, 2015 |

    Here are some things I saw around the internet in the last month that might be of interest. Food If you can access it, read this week's edition of Cell, it's all about food, and there are some great articles in there. Bill Nye examines the science, and admits that he got some stuff wrong about GMOs. […]

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  • GMOs are Still the Best Bet for Feeding the World.

    GMOs are Still the Best Bet for Feeding the World.

    By Kevin Bonham | March 31, 2015 |

    It's been a while since I've written on GMOs, but it may be time to start again. Recently, a huge amount of attention was given to an IARC report suggesting that glyphosate (brand name: Roundup), one of the most common pesticides, may cause cancer. […]

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  • Growing a Baby Microbiome

    Growing a Baby Microbiome

    By Kevin Bonham | March 30, 2015 |

    According to the world food program, 1 out of every 6 children on the planet suffers from malnutrition, and this is responsible for over half of deaths in children under 5 years old. The normal way to measure whether a child is malnourished is through weight - there are certain "normal" ranges of healthy weight for children of different ages, and if a child falls under some threshold, he or she would be considered unhealthy. […]

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  • New Issue of the Journal Cell is All About Food

    New Issue of the Journal Cell is All About Food

    By Kevin Bonham | March 26, 2015 |

    The cover shows an X-ray photograph of an Apple. From Cell.com I suspect that the Venn diagram of Food Matters readers and readers of the journal Cell doesn't contain a lot in the overlap portion, but this week, that should probably change. Cell is one of the big three in biology science publishing (the other two being Nature and Science ), and usually contains predominantly wonky, jargon-laden cutting-edge research on cell biology (broadly defined) - last year around this time, they published my own graduate work. […]

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  • Political Climates: Drought and Conflict in Syria

    Political Climates: Drought and Conflict in Syria

    By Layla Eplett | March 24, 2015 |

    Beginning in 2007, Syria and the greater Fertile Crescent experienced the worst three year drought ever recorded in the region. Recent research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests the drought may have contributed to the ongoing conflict in Syria. […]

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  • That Time Big Tobacco Hired a Sugar Researcher to Help Them Muddle the Science on Health

    That Time Big Tobacco Hired a Sugar Researcher to Help Them Muddle the Science on Health

    By Patrick Mustain | March 20, 2015 |

    Photo by Phillip Stewart Much has been made in recent years about the beverage and food industries borrowing from the tobacco industry’s playbook as they fend off increasing scrutiny about their role in preventable chronic health problems, like type II diabetes and heart disease. […]

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