Food & Food Culture

6:59am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Salt

Key To E. Coli-Free Spinach May Be An Ultrasonic Spa Treatment

Spinach has lots of opportunities to pick up E. coli and other bugs during harvest and growing. Here, a Mexican migrant worker cuts organic spinach during the fall harvest at Grant Family Farms in Wellington, Co.
John Moore Getty Images

Salad producers haven't succeeded in banishing E. coli and other dangerous microbes from fresh greens, though they've tried hard. As we've reported before, it's a major challenge to both growers and the environment. But one scientist thinks he's making progress – with a spinach spa that zaps bad bugs with ultrasound.

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2:33pm

Wed November 28, 2012
The Salt

No Simple Recipe For Weighing Food Waste At Mario Batali's Lupa

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:44 am

Glen Osterberg (right) and another line cook at Lupa learn how to use the LeanPath waste tracking software.
Eliza Barclay NPR

Every year, restaurants throw away as much as 10 percent of the food they buy, as we reported yesterday, yet food waste ranks low on most chefs' list of priorities. But some restaurants want to do something about food waste in their quest to go green. That includes Mario Batali's Lupa Osteria Romana, one of New York's trendiest restaurants.

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9:27am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Salt

Milk: Symbol Of Purity, Symbol Of Conflict

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 10:19 am

European dairy farmers spray police officers with milk during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Food fight!

Earlier this week, European Union dairy farmers decided to protest milk price controls by spraying police with high-pressure hoses filled with milk. It certainly wasn't the first time that food has been both subject and symbol of unrest (see food riots). But this one stands out because of the dramatic images.

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6:54am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Salt

Guerilla Cartographers Put Global Food Stats On The Map

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:51 am

A detail of a map from Food: An Atlas that shows sources of food found at farmer's markets in Berkeley, California.
Cameron Reed Food: An Atlas

For the past five months, University of California, Berkeley cartography professor Darin Jensen has been collecting maps about food. They fill the walls of his office, each one telling a different story — about meat production in Maryland, about the international almond trade, about taco trucks in Oakland. Some are local, some are regional, some are global, but in a few days they'll all be bound together between the covers of Food: An Atlas.

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8:41am

Tue November 27, 2012
The Salt

Rare Meat Allergy Caused By Tick Bites May Be On The Rise

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:23 am

The Lone Star tick, common to the southeastern U.S., is responsible for inducing meat allergies in some people, scientists say.
CDC Public Health Image Library

Some people are allergic to peanuts, others to shellfish, fruits, or wheat. But this rare allergy is a carnivore's worst nightmare: A tick bite that can cause a case of itchy red hives every time you eat meat. Yup, get bit by one of these buggers and you may be saying farewell to your filet Mignon.

For some people around the country, this is no nightmare, it's a reality – and it may be coming to your neck of the woods.

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