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Q&A with the ‘renegade lunch lady’

As Need to Know reports this week, childhood obesity is a staggering problem in the U.S., with CDC stats putting the number of obese children (2-19) in America at nearly 12.5 million. In 2010, the President Barack Obama passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to combat the country’s high obesity rates among children. Under the […]


Mark Bittman on the politics of the plate

New York Times op-ed columnist and author Mark Bittman talks to Alison Stewart about the intersection of food, politics and the environment.


Ready to eat: Scenes from a military meal

In combat, eating is often the only good thing about a day. The menu might feature lamb curry, goulash, kimchi or Skittles, depending on which country you’re from (guess which serves Skittles!). VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson provides a culinary tour of military rations.


Horse meat: No different from pork or beef?

What’s the moral difference between slaughtering horses for food and doing the same for cows and pigs? Our readers debate.



Ever wish the taste of delicious food would linger? Tiny engineered particles could make that possible, or tell you when food is spoiled, deliver medication and change the color of your cake.


The All-American sandwich: Fresh and natural? Anything but.

Anything but! Anastacia Marx de Salcedo deconstructs your cubicle mate’s turkey ‘n’ cheese sandwich with devastating results.


  Leaning toward fat

Rick Karr talks to the former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman about the tension between the USDA’s dueling mandates: promoting good nutrition and good farm policy.


Turkey can be climate friendly; spinach, not so much

Though it might seem counterintuitive, turkeys can be climate friendly, while spinach can be as harmful for the planet as beef. In our holiday Climate Desk podcast, we look at how our food choices affect climate change — and vice versa.


  Mixed signals: Why is the USDA promoting nutrition and pushing cheese?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the business of getting Americans to eat healthier food. But it’s also in the business of promoting the excessive consumption of cheese.

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