June 27, 2013 NPR's Uri Berliner gets a taste of the commodities market with a $227 wager on coffee. The futures price for coffee has tumbled for more than three years. But as he learns from interviews with coffee roasters and a futures broker, trying to predict coffee prices is not for the faint of heart.
June 26, 2013 Researchers are trying to figure out if it really is possible to be addicted to food. A study of brain activity finds there's more going on in areas linked to reward and addiction after people drink a shake with lots of refined carbohydrates. But it's not clear how that factors into overeating.
June 26, 2013 Labor-starved farmers are now eyeing lettuce-picking robots to help with the harvest. But more robots on the farm could also spell trouble for smaller producers that can't afford them.
June 26, 2013 Science is a beautiful thing — especially when it helps you impress your foodie friends. Here we present five easy party tricks — based on science, natch — that will make you look like a wine tasting pro. Do try this at home.
June 26, 2013 The pasta salads of the supermarket salad bar often range from unexciting to unappetizing, and many are choked with mayonnaise. But summer is a great time to reinvent the picnic staple with fresh vegetables and flavorful dressings.
June 25, 2013 Bobby and Jamie Deen say their mother is the victim of character assassination. Their defense comes as the queen of Southern cooking continues to lose endorsement deals. But not all of Deen's business partners are abandoning her, nor are all her fans.
June 25, 2013 Oceana, a conservation group, has been beating the drum about seafood mislabeling. An interactive dinner hosted by the group helped prove how easy it is for anyone to become a victim of seafood fraud.
June 25, 2013 If your meals depended largely on the success of your family farm, would it change the way you felt about new crop technologies? Uganda is debating whether to give its first genetically modified plant, a GM banana, to millions of families for free.
June 24, 2013 BuzzFeed's article on dangerous ingredients we eat in the U.S. has gotten millions of eyeballs. But don't panic: We take a closer look at the facts and the science behind the claims.
June 24, 2013 For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Zombie Burger in Des Moines, Iowa. It does not serve brains — but does offer a timely "World War B" burger. The B stands for bacon, but if you like your sandwiches handsome, you can imagine it stands for Brad Pitt.
June 24, 2013 Boloco is a chain of burrito restaurants that prides itself on ethical food sourcing. In a series of YouTube videos, its CEO unwraps his company's burritos and shouts from the rooftops about their decidedly distant origins.
June 21, 2013 The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, but there's an art to grilling these tentacled sea creatures. An octopus has to be dried in the sun for at least a day first. Otherwise, the flesh just steams and turns into "a rubbery mass."