Sonny Perdue, who's been named to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has held many political offices in his home state of Georgia. Farmers liked him. Environmentalists, not so much. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat and what to avoid. But critics say it muddles matters. stock_colors/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Nicole Garneau talks about taste on the TED Stage. Courtesy of Dr. Nicole Garneau hide caption

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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sweet potato consumption in the United States nearly doubled in just 15 years. U.S. Department Of Agriculture hide caption

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The hardworking Instant Pot, touted by its fans on social media, is Amazon's top-selling item in the U.S. How it got to No. 1 is a lesson in viral marketing savvy. Grace Hwang Lynch hide caption

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How Chickens Shifted From Sacred To Diet Staple

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Customers at Puzzles Bakery & Café in Schenectady, N.Y. More than half the staff at the café has a developmental disability. Rhitu Chatterjee/NPR hide caption

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For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

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The puffy taco with beef from Rays Drive-In in San Antonio is a standout for Sutter, but the year has just begun. San Antonio Express-News hide caption

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This Food Critic Will Take The Taco. Again. And Again. And Again.

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