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Harvey Washington Wiley was instrumental in bringing about regulations to boost sanitation and decrease food adulteration. Historical/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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How A 19th Century Chemist Took On The Food Industry With A Grisly Experiment

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Contradictory consumer demands for food labels are making some food companies re-think their alliance with the industry's traditional lobbying group. miakievy/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists have used a popular gene editing tool called CRISPR to snip out a tiny piece of DNA from one particular gene in a white button mushroom. The resulting mushroom doesn't brown when cut. Adam Fagen/Flickr hide caption

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Amid GMO Strife, Food Industry Vies For Public Trust In CRISPR Technology

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Hervé Zarka uses a tool called a simoussi to rake up salt in his marshland on the island of Noirmoutier in France. He says there are many minerals in natural sea salt, such as magnesium and potassium, that aren't in industrial salt. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Harvesting Salt By Hand Is Making A Comeback In France

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"Sell by" and "expiration" labels on food products may contribute to food waste by misleading consumers to throwing away perfectly good food. Now, two food industry associations are encouraging food companies to do away with these labels. Ryan Eskalis/NPR hide caption

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Customers at Puzzles Bakery & Café in Schenectady, N.Y. More than half the staff at the café has a developmental disability. Rhitu Chatterjee/NPR hide caption

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For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

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Seaweed farms like this one on Nusa Lembongan Island, in Indonesia, are the main sources of carrageenan. Paul Kennedy/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image hide caption

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Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive

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A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies. Caspar Benson/fStop/Getty Images hide caption

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