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A flooded farm stands next to the Lumber River on Monday in this aerial photograph taken after Hurricane Florence hit Lumberton, N.C. Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg /Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Florence Engulfs Hog Farms And Chicken Houses, Thrashing North Carolina Agriculture

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Double Mountain Brewery founder Matt Swihart grabs freshly bottled pale ale from the bottling line in Hood River. The ale is among the first to be sold in Oregon's new refillable beer bottles. Cassandra Profita/OPB/Earthfix hide caption

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Large fishing boats use voluminous trawl nets, longlines miles in length, and other industrial gear to catch fish on the high seas, which can destroy habitats and kill other sea life. Christopher Costello/NPR hide caption

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Gary Wagner, a blind Buffalo resident and subscriber to an app that connects him to a shopping assistant, looks for hot sauce at a Wegmans store in Amherst, New York. Ronald Peralta/WBFO hide caption

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Dairy farmer Dominique Rochat says the Swiss government's water deliveries have allowed him to keep his cows in the high mountains. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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High And Dry: Swiss Army Airlifts Water To Cows In Drought-Stricken Mountains

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Food Safety Scares Are Up In 2018. Here's Why You Shouldn't Freak Out

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Mozzeria is one of the most talked-about pizzerias in the heart of a vibrant San Francisco neighborhood. Every staff member employed at the restaurant identifies as deaf or hard of hearing. Courtesy of Mozzeria, San Francisco hide caption

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Okra slime changes when its pH changes. To make okra less slimy, says botanist Katherine Preston, cook it with an acid, which changes the properties of the molecules in the mucilage and renders it far less viscous. Southerners cook okra with tomatoes, which provide plenty of acid. Mary Mathis/NPR hide caption

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Researchers are using underwater microphones to help better understand the extensive array of animals living in oyster reefs. James Morrison/WUNC hide caption

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Arleene Correa Valencia works on a painting in her latest series: In Times of Crisis, En Tiempo de Crisis. Rachael Bongiorno for NPR hide caption

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After The Wildfires: Artist Captures Plight Of Napa's Undocumented Workers

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Chef Val James inspired her daughter to create a documentary about the challenges female chefs face, including access to capital, sexual harassment, and family time off. Robert Featherstone/A Fine Line hide caption

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Workers in dust masks wash fresh red bell peppers in smoky conditions outside of Eltopia, Wash. Even with the masks, the smoke is still causing tight chests, itchy eyes and dry throats. Anna King/Northwest News Network hide caption

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As Wildfires Rage, Smoke Chokes Out Farmworkers And Delays Some Crops

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Assistant chef Michael Monteleone puts a finishing touch on cannabis-infused vegetable tarts. As more states legalize the use of recreational marijuana, the California chef is aiming to elevate haute cuisine to a new level. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Haute Pot: How High-End California Chefs Are Cashing In On Marijuana

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Chef David George Gordon shows biologist and host Haley Chamberlain Nelson how to prepare a tarantula meal on Bug Bites. The new five-part cooking show from Smithsonian Channel makes insects the star ingredient. Smithsonian Networks hide caption

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Jamila Aamer is the head chef at the Amal Women's Training Center. To date, she's trained more than 100 students. Rebecca Rosman/for NPR hide caption

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By Becoming Chefs, Stigmatized Women In Morocco Find Hope And Freedom

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Microplastics found along Lake Ontario by Rochman's team Chris Joyce/NPR hide caption

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Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

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Will Lambek, left, interprets for Enrique Balcazar, a Migrant Justice activist who helped negotiate the fair labor and living standards agreement with Ben & Jerry's. John Dillon/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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This laser unit is one of six that repel thieving birds from the blueberry fields of Meduri Farms near Jefferson, Ore. Tom Banse/Northwest News Network hide caption

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Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds

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