Food & Food Culture

3:35pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Salt

Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 5:19 pm

Foster Farms set up new procedures to deal with salmonella contamination after the USDA threatened to shut down its plants last fall.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Foster Farms, a chicken producer in California, just can't seem to stop bleeding bad news.

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1:00pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Salt

Play With Your Food: The Kandinsky-Inspired Fine Art Food Challenge

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 2:42 pm

Kazimir Malevich/Tretyakov Gallery; Beth Novey/NPR

We love to have fun with food, and as you may recall, we recently told you about a scientific experiment showing that people who ate a salad arranged like a Kandinsky painting said it tasted better and was worth more money than a typical pile of greens.

The experiment inspired us to challenge you to tweet pictures of your food as fine art. And boy, you delivered.

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12:46pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Salt

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:32 pm

The decline of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from nasty parasites to the stress of being transported from state to state to feed on various crops in need of pollination.
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Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.

Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.

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2:59pm

Tue July 8, 2014
The Salt

3 Kickstarter Food Projects That Leave Potato Salad In The Dirt

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:14 am

Would you pay someone $60,000 to make this?
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Within days of asking for a total of $10 to crowdsource his first potato salad, Ohioan Zack Danger Brown raised tens of thousands of dollars. He promised people he would read their names aloud as he made this salad, which was apparently an irresistible draw.

Being the geeks we are, we asked our NPR Science Desk interns Nicholas St. Fleur and Kara Manke to do a little back-of-the-envelope calculation.

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12:42pm

Tue July 8, 2014
The Salt

What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 2:47 pm

Leave it to the Italians to design a capsule-based espresso system for astronauts who miss their morning cup.
Andrea Guermani Courtesy of Lavazza

When our pals at the Two-Way wrote last month that engineers had finally come up with a way to brew some good Italian espresso on the International Space Station, we were thoroughly intrigued.

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