Mon June 24, 2013
The Salt

Not Local Food, And Not Afraid To Say It

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:17 am

These organically farmed ingredients travel the world to join forces in a Boloco burrito.
Heather Rousseau NPR

A burrito is a thing of beauty. Swathed in tortilla, clad in foil, simple ingredients come together and something magical happens.

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Mon June 10, 2013

Grillers Beware: Drought Driving Up Beef Prices

Edwards Meats in Wheat Ridge, Colo. is already feeling the pinch of higher beef prices. Owner Darin Edwards said he’s trying to absorb some of the cost passed along to him by his suppliers, but he’ll likely have to increase what he charges for beef in the coming weeks.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media


Mon April 8, 2013
Planet Money

Can You Patent A Steak? (Cont'd)

Detail from an application for a patent on a steak.

"It's an un-obvious chunk of meat that has been sitting there — a little diamond surrounded by a bunch of coal," Steve Price told me last year. "I'd love to tell you more. We just can't."

Today, Price told me everything. More to the point, he emailed me this link:

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Thu January 10, 2013
The Salt

Artist's State-Shaped Steaks Explore Beef's Origins

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 11:14 am

Sarah Hallacher came up with the idea to represent the beef industry as "raw" steaks while she was researching on the web about where her own steak dinner came from.
Courtesy of Sarah Hallacher

If there's one thing we love more than talking about beef here at The Salt, it's visualizing the U.S.'s insatiable appetite for meat through infographics and charts.

So when we ran across Sarah Hallacher's Beef Stakes project over at Fast Company's Co.Design blog, our eyes lit up like the charcoal grill on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Fri August 31, 2012
Planet Money

Episode 399: Can You Patent A Steak?

Eugene Gagliardi, inventor of Steak-Umm
Joshua Marston
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Tony Mata is a meat inventor; his job is figuring out new things to do with meat. He thinks he recently discovered a new steak — a novel way to cut up a chunk of beef that's currently not worth much. Mata is so excited about his discovery that he's trying to patent it.

This raises a basic question: Can you patent a steak?

On today's show, we talk to Mata. We visit the workshop of Gene Gagliardi, the inventor of Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation.

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