January 24, 2012 People around the globe know they should be exercising more and eating better. But food manufacturers aren't helping, with dubious health claims and confusing nutrition labels. That's the word from a global survey on nutrition information.
A scientist holds a tray of stem cells in a lab, in this file photo from 2010.
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January 24, 2012 An Oklahoma Senate bill that prohibits "the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses" has some folks scratching their heads, and wondering if it's real.
Altering the upper atmosphere could block enough sunlight to offset the warming effects of climate change and protect food crops. But what are the risks?
January 23, 2012 Climate simulations show that massive technological interventions, known as "geoengineering," could protect food crops from some of the damaging effects of global warming. But researchers say local effects are hard to predict, so geoengineering may not be worth the risk.
Butcher-in-training Andrew Plotsky at the 2011 Young Farmers Conference.
January 21, 2012 To connect better to community and food, one twenty-something has trained to become a butcher.
Families displaced by drought line up for food this week in Mogadishu, Somalia.
January 20, 2012 Weather changes wreak havoc on the global food supply. But efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture haven't gotten much attention in climate change talks.
In the summer, Shirley and Ewald August grow blueberries at their Windsor Mill, Md., farm and sell at Baltimore farmers markets.
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January 19, 2012 Cities are getting into food policy as a means to make it easier for their residents to get healthy food. Funding is also an issue, with billions of USDA dollars flowing to food and health programs.
Mushrooms are a staple in the Super Mario Bros. games.
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January 18, 2012 Mushrooms and cherries first taught gamers what food can do in games. Now, one gamer has taken the food from the virtual world and put it on the dinner plate.
Paula Deen tells Today show co-host Al Roker that she has Type 2 diabetes.
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January 17, 2012 Paula Deen became rich and beloved by selling greasy, sugary Southern comfort food. Now she's got Type 2 diabetes. Can the queen of indulgence promote excess while also promoting a healthy lifestyle? Heaven knows, she's trying.
Though Murad IV banned tobacco, alcohol and coffee, some say he consumed all three and his death was the result of alcohol poisoning.
January 17, 2012 By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.
In February 1960, college students (from left) Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Billy Smith and Clarence Henderson began a sit in protest at the whites-only lunch counter at a Woolworth's in Greensboro, N.C.
January 16, 2012 Food twines its way through the history of the civil rights movement. Sit-ins at lunch counters helped galvanize the movement. Proceeds from bake sales supported bus boycotters; many of the customers were segregationists unaware they were making the movement they opposed stronger with every fancy cake they bought.
January 10, 2012 Metal detectors just don't cut it when it comes to keeping shards of bone or plastic and other nasty stuff out of food. Enter the X-ray. Costco and other big retailers now require food processors to X-ray food to screen for foreign objects. The process is more automated than airport baggage screening.
Why do cats have an affinity for mushrooms?
January 7, 2012 Why would a cat crave mushrooms? A scientist says it's the umami. Though cats can't taste sweetness like people can, they are aces at sniffing out the amino acids that signal protein-rich foods.
Ground beef used to be a cheap, go-to dinner meat, but no longer.
January 4, 2012 The cost of budget-friendly foods like ground beef, potatoes, and eggs soared 10 percent over the past year, pinching household budgets even harder. Blame bad weather, export competition, and the fact that more people are cooking at home to save money. This year may be a bit better, but not much.
Rachel Zayas, a registered nurse, sets up the shift board for the night shift at the Cleveland Clinic.
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December 29, 2011 Working nights is bad for your health. But scientists haven't really looked at whether the poor food available is really to blame. New studies ask whether providing better food to shift workers would be an easy fix for a big public health problem.
December 27, 2011 In Russia, New Year's reigns supreme as the food holiday, even though Christmas returned with the end of the Soviet Union. Russian immigrants in the United States continue the tradition, which demands a nightlong feast of herring, caviar, pickles, salami, and — well, that's just for starters.
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