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Some 15 percent of the seafood that's wasted in the U.S. is lost en route from sea to consumer, often because it spoils or is discarded as scraps. Craig Howell/Flickr hide caption

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From left: Sodium benzoate, azodicarbonamide, shellac. The images are from Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products. Dwight Eschliman/Regan Arts hide caption

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was inaugurated in 2008. The "doomsday vault" lies inside an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. For the first time, scientists are taking some seeds out. John McConnico/AP hide caption

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In this 2011 photo, a banner in an Iowa grocery store advertises "pork, the other white meat" — the former, long-running slogan of the National Pork Board. Funded by money collected by the federal government, the board is one of a dozen promotional funds for different parts of American agriculture. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Most fruits and vegetables — particularly after being cut — store better in an airtight container, Gunders says. And it's best to store them in see-through containers so we don't forget about them. USDA hide caption

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After his mother-in-law's death, NPR's Marc Silver found her go-to cookbook, filled with her copious annotations to recipes. He used it to piece together her take on mandelbread, a Jewish version of biscotti, and other holiday favorites. Akash Ghai/NPR hide caption

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Peanut Corporation of America's then-president Stewart Parnell arrives at federal court in 2009. Parnell was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak from tainted peanut butter products. Don Petersen/AP hide caption

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Filipino farmworkers, including Larry Itliong (left), were the first to walk out of vineyards, prompting the Delano Grape Strike. They would join forces with Mexican laborers led by Cesar Chavez to form the United Farm Workers. Farmworker Movement Documentation Project/University of California San Diego Library hide caption

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The government's first ever national target to reduce food waste will encourage farmers to donate more of their imperfect produce to the hungry. iStockphoto hide caption

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A view inside Grotta Paglicci, in southern Italy, with wall paintings. Scientists say a 32,000-year-old stone found inside the cave was used to grind flour. Courtesy of Marta Mariotti Lippi hide caption

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The Food and Drink Museum will open in its first permanent home – a mini-museum in Brooklyn — in October. The plan is to move into a bigger, final home by 2019. Above, an artist's rendering shows one potential exhibit – on ready-to-eat cereal — in MOFAD's final space. In the foreground is an extruder, a giant machine used to cook and shape cereal. Courtesy of Museum of Food and Drink hide caption

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Cage-free chickens in a barn near Hershey, Pa., get to roam and perch on steel rods, but they don't go outside. This week, McDonald's became the latest big buyer to demand cage-free eggs. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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A school lunch tray featuring whole wheat tortillas at the School Nutrition Association conference in July 2014. The association is asking Congress to relax the federal school nutrition standards in hopes of attracting more kids back to the school lunch line. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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"Trucking is not a 9 to 5 job. It's really a 24-hour operation," says Cody Blankenship, owner of 4BTrucking, which operates out of Waco, Texas. He logs about 100,000 miles a year on the road. A planned run during harvest time this year will keep him away from home, and his young daughters, for a five-week stretch. Courtesy of hide caption

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A selection of heirloom potatoes, including Red Erik, Snowball, Cariboo, Purple Peruvian, Caribe and French Red. A sociologist says we value these "edible memories" as a way to connect to the past and try and secure the future of food production. David Cavagnaro/Corbis hide caption

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Just Mayo looks like mayonnaise and tastes like mayonnaise but contains no eggs. That's ruffled the feathers of the egg industry. Courtesy of Hampton Creek hide caption

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Keith and Tiffani Andrews fish for ridgeback shrimp on the fishing vessel Alamo. Courtesy of Sarah Rathbone/Community Seafood hide caption

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Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers in Miami, Fla., on April 27, 2015, the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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