Geochemist Gabriel Filippelli in an Indianapolis garden. Filippelli's research shows that many urban gardens may have soil contaminated with lead
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September 29, 2010 Soil in abandoned urban lots reclaimed by gardeners may be contaminated with lead, a toxic heavy metal. But gardening there can still be safe with the right testing and precautions.
September 28, 2010 Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's says it's dropping the phrase "all natural" from some of its cartons. The move was announced Monday, after a request from a health advocacy group. NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block have the news.
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Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim, scoops it out at the Ben & Jerry's shop in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, March 23, 2010.
September 27, 2010 Ben & Jerry's ice cream and frozen yogurts containing alkalized cocoa and partially hydrogenated soybean oil will no longer say "natural" on the label. The move was prompted by a consumer group's complaint.
September 27, 2010 The maker of a popular pomegranate juice gets slapped by another regulator for making health claims the government says the company can't back that up. A red flag: POM claim its products are 40 percent as effective as Viagra.
September 25, 2010 A good pair of shoes and an open stretch of trail were all runners used to need. But now many swear by GPS technology that monitors their speed and distance, and new smart phone apps tell them whether they need to pick up the pace.
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The Nike + app shows speed and route on one nifty, colorful map.
September 24, 2010 It seems the market has filled with running GPS apps. NPR's Tamara Keith takes them out for a spin and tells you which ones are worth the sweat.
Better school lunches may cost food stamps program some promised increases.
September 24, 2010 There are a lot of reasons to pick apart the Senate bill that funds the school lunch program, but some say passing it now might be better than getting nothing later.
September 24, 2010 The legislation would be paid for in part by cutting future food stamp benefits. But critics note that defeats the purpose of a bill intended to help low-income children get healthier meals. The White House backs the Senate bill, which has bipartisan support.
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No poop. But there may be undeclared peanuts inside.
September 22, 2010 A Maine company's candy contains peanuts that aren't disclosed in the list of ingredients. Eating the sweet stuff could cause serious health problems for unsuspecting consumers with allergies.
Wright County Egg owner Austin "Jack" DeCoster, left, confers with his attorney Jan Kramer, as he testified on Capitol Hill.
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September 22, 2010 Executives from two egg producers linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1,600 people answered questions publicly for the first time.
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After recalls of a half-billion eggs, we will hear from the family tied to the farms at the center of the outbreak today.
September 22, 2010 For the first time since a massive recall of eggs due to salmonella risks, members of the family farming business at the center of the outbreak will publicly answer questions. The venue is a House hearing that starts at noon.
An AquAdvantage salmon behind a non-transgenic Atlantic salmon sibling of the same age.
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September 20, 2010 The engineered fish are sterile, have three sets of chromosomes and are exclusively female. After all that, they supposedly taste the same.
September 20, 2010 The United Nations set an ambitious goal for 2015 -- to end extreme poverty and improve the lives of billions worldwide. Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, U.N. special advisor Jeffrey Sachs, and Amina Az-Zubair, advisor to the president of Nigeria, provide a status check on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
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September 20, 2010 Even without Food and Drug Administration approval for use in kids, gastric bands are becoming a popular choice for teens undergoing weight-loss surgery.
September 20, 2010 The FDA is evaluating whether to approve the first ever genetically engineered animal to be eaten as a food -- a fast-growing, farm-raised salmon. But some say there are food safety and environmental concerns that need to be addressed.
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