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Bakers pose for a photo at the Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y. For more than 30 years, the industrial facility has been hiring local residents, including people other businesses might consider unhirable. Courtesy of Greyston hide caption

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What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." This sandwich is one of many ways to eat the processed meat, a largely unsung specialty of New Jersey. via Wikimedia hide caption

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Plankton collected in the Pacific Ocean with a 0.1mm mesh net. Seen here is a mix of multicellular organisms — small zooplanktonic animals, larvae and single protists (diatoms, dinoflagellates, radiolarians) — the nearly invisible universe at the bottom of the marine food chain. Christian Sardet/CNRS/Tara Expeditions hide caption

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Various food items that contained trans fats in November 2013. That month, the Food and Drug Administration first announced plans to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products. A final rule is expected any day now. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A morning's berry harvest from West Philadelphia's Ogden Orchard includes raspberries, gooseberries, currants, goumis and mulberries. Courtesy of Philadelphia Orchard Project hide caption

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Men in hazardous materials suits load dead poultry to be buried at Rose Acre Farms Inc., just west of Winterset, Iowa, on May 11. John Gaps III/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators march on McDonald's corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., on Wednesday, demanding a wage increase to $15 per hour. Brian Kersey/UPI /Landov hide caption

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The White House announced an action plan Tuesday aimed at reversing dramatic declines in pollinators like honeybees, which play a vital role in agriculture, pollinating everything from apples and almonds to squash. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A late 19th-century samovar made in Tula, Russia, a metalworking town south of Moscow. The very first samovar factory opened in Tula in 1778. As demand for samovars grew, the town became almost synonymous with the production of the giant hot-water urns. Sheldon Luskin Collection/The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis hide caption

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Nat Bradford holds a Bradford watermelon, known for its sweet, fragrant red flesh. The melon was created by Bradford's forefathers around 1840 and was once one of the most important and coveted melons of the South. Heather Grilliot/Courtesy of Bradford Watermelons hide caption

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Mchezaji "Che" Axum stands in a hoop house at the University of the District of Columbia's Muirkirk Research Farm, a resource for urban farmers in the city. Whitney Pipkin for NPR hide caption

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Jars of Terressentia bourbon wait for final production. Terressentia uses a process to artificially "age" its bourbon in a few hours, forgoing traditional aging, which takes years. Courtesy of Terressentia hide caption

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Steaks on the grill at the Mercado del Puerto in Montevideo. So far there are no figures that show if the table salt ban, which was enacted a few years ago, is actually making a difference in Uruguayans' health. Travel Aficionado/Flickr hide caption

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The bistro imagines the day when will be possible to culture "meat thread" made from long strands of muscle tissue. On a "special knitting machine," meat is thread into a steak. Submarine Channel/Next Nature Network/Bistro In Vitro hide caption

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Kale is not only loaded with nutrients, but it's become a emblem of a healthy lifestyle that's increasingly appealing to Americans ready to move away from processed, high-calorie food. Peet Sneekes/Flickr hide caption

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Inside a Brown's Super Store. Brown's operates seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Courtesy of Brown's Super Stores, Inc. hide caption

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At ZJ Farm in Solon, Iowa, Susan Jutz, left, walks with her friend and mentor of Kate Edwards, right, of Wild Woods Farms. Once the plants get big enough at ZJ Farm Edwards transplants them to Wild Woods. Dana Damewood/Courtesy of Agate Publishing hide caption

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