Food & Food Culture

12:09pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Salt

Here's Where Farms Are Sucking The Planet Dry

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:49 pm

Check out some of the world's most important - and threatened - aquifers. Click to see a high-resolution version of this map.
Nature

This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It's a new attempt to visualize an old problem — the shrinking of underground water reserves, in most cases because farmers are pumping out water to irrigate their crops.

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7:11am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Salt

School Lunch Milk Cartons Take A Hit In New Ad Campaign

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:33 pm

The newest campaign from vegan advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine targets dairy in school lunches.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Forget the school vending machine fights. An anti-cheese group says that innocent-looking carton of milk on lunch trays is the real culprit for our children's weight woes.

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2:04pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Salt

Outsourced Croissants Outrage Traditional French Bakers

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:07 am

A woman walks into Boulangerie Cauvet in Paris, where they still make croissants from scratch.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

There's always a line at the Boulangerie Cauvet on the corner of rue St. Charles in Paris's 15th district. In their family owned bakery, Esmeralda Cauvet and her husband Cyril sell around 800 croissants and 3,500 baguettes a day.

In the kitchen, head pastry maker Pierre Gibert still rolls his croissants from triangular strips of dough. "The key to a good croissant is good ingredients and a high quality dough. You have to knead it, let it rise and roll it a second time in butter. That's what gives a croissant its flaky quality," Gibert says.

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11:34am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Salt

Paleo Diet Blogger Sues State For Trying To Regulate His Advice

What happens when the First Amendment and paleo diet advice collide?
svariophoto iStockphoto.com

The paleolithic diet has sparked plenty of discussion in the nutrition world (and on this web site) in the last few months. Lots of people are looking for advice on how to get in on this meat and vegetable-centric way of eating that claims inspiration from the simple wild foods a hunter-gatherer might have been lucky to find.

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5:03am

Tue August 7, 2012
It's All Politics

On The Road In Florida: Hard Times, Politics And Smoked Bat

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 1:04 pm

NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin breaks years of vegetarianism to eat a barbequed fruit bat.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Hot Rod's BBQ is hard to miss in somewhat sleepy Lutz, Fla. The yard is littered with folksy, hand-painted sculptures and signs. There's a ramshackle front porch and smoke billowing out the side.

When I walked in, I was a vegetarian. But then I ate the fruit bat.

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