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Food, Glorious Earth-Derived Food!

September 11, 2014

According to a piece in the Daily Mail, "A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts who have orbited earth more than 2,700 times have touched down on stable ground to a rapturous welcoming party - and watermelons.

Former station commander Steve Swanson and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg A…

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No "Ugly" Food Wasted in France

September 10, 2014

Never judge a book by its cover. That’s what Intermarché, the French supermarket chain, is trying to convince its shoppers. The chain is selling "inglorious" or normally tossed fresh fruits and vegetables such as "ridiculous" potatoes, "failed" lemons, "ugly" carrots and so on at 20 to 30 percent of…

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Neolithic Croatians Rocked Cooking, Heating

September 9, 2014

"Prehistoric experts in Croatia claim to have found what they say is the world's oldest Aga. The 6,500-year-old oven was unearthed in a ancient home during an archeological dig at a Neolithic site in Bapska, a village in eastern Croatia, which experts say is one of the most important in Europe. Expe…

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In Menu Re-do, Meat Shunted Aside by Paris' Alain Ducasse

September 6, 2014

Say it ain't so, Alain! According to a piece in The Guardian, Alain Ducasse, dubbed France's "top chef," is moving away from the traditional animal products for which French cuisine has been known.

"His three-star restaurant at the luxury Plaza Athénée hotel will reopen after refurbishment on Monda…

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Food Heritage in an Old Family Photo

September 5, 2014

The Food Museum's latest entry at Mother Earth News explores what food heritage lurks in an old photo.

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Recipes for Life, Love and Art: What's Not to Like?

September 3, 2014

Bloomsbury fans, lovers of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey and the gang, and those keen to rediscover old handed down, handwritten English recipes, and lovers of foodish art, get this lavishly illustrated book by Jan Ondaatje Rolls, a look at "vital living across the dining table."

It…

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Russia Feeling Effects of Food Import Ban

September 2, 2014

The Russian government's ban on food imports from the West is already hurting Russia's economy.

According to a report in Deutsche Welle, "As a result of the embargo, the cost of food in some of Russia's regions has been rising at a record pace. Wholesale prices for chicken legs on Sakhalin Island …

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North Korea May Lose Food Assistance

September 1, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal, "The United Nations' food assistance agency says it may have to stop operating in North Korea because of a lack of funding, as donors continue to shy away from the rogue state.

The World Food Programme has distributed aid in North Korea since a famine in the mi…

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American Quinoa Puts Down Roots in Asia

August 30, 2014

According to a report on  NPR, "...would you believe that quinoa is now growing in a remote, mountainous part of Central Asia that British explorers called the "Roof of the World?

Indeed, it has landed in Tajikistan and Kyrgystan, thanks to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, which has …

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A Wine Cellar Destroyed in 1600 BC, Now Unearthed

August 29, 2014

An earthquake struck a palace at Tel Kabri in Israel, about 1600 BC, destroying a well-stocked wine cellar, according to a story on Smithsonian.com.

"The remains of 40 large jugs found at the site show traces of wine infused with herbs and resins, an international team reports today in the journal …

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Eater, Heal Thy Gut!

August 27, 2014

Apparently the good and clever people at Chelsea Green Publishing have published a book called The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, aimed at a hugely wild range of suffering people .

"Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive…

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Coffee Entering "Third Wave?" Huh?

August 26, 2014

We know no one is waxing poetic about Folger's anymore, but are true coffee freaks going all evangelical about sustainability?

Uh huh.

"In the third wave, however, we buy coffee based on its origins, its process, its methods – and its evangelists are out to get specific about what separates it fro…

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Early Florida Indian Fare on the Menu in Tampa

August 25, 2014

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ulele Restaurant, a project long in the works and developed by Columbia Restaurant's Richard Gonzmart, is opening tomorrow  in Tampa, Florida.

"The entire menu of the restaurant opening Tuesday in Tampa Heights pays tribute to early-Florida Indian fare and the pio…

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Major Fish Farm Coming off Hawaii

August 23, 2014

According to The Verge, there’s going to be a highly automated fish farm, 1,300 feet deep, a few miles off the coast of Hawaii. It’s called Oceansphere. Within Oceansphere, there will be an automatic feeding system, thrusters to keep the sphere stationary, plus 1,000 tons of Ahi and Bluefin tuna,…

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Eateries and Drinkeries: Everyone's Fave Food Heritage Sites

August 22, 2014

The latest food heritage entry from The Food Museum on Mother Earth News explores some of the oldies but goodies...

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McD's Under Pressure from Russian Government

August 21, 2014

Politics or not?  BBC News reports the Russian authorities are  temporarily closing four McD sites in Moscow, claiming they are unsanitary.

"Quentin Peel, former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, told the BBC that the checks and closures were "propaganda".

"It's an extraordinary decis…

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Less Water, Fewer Crops in CA

August 20, 2014

According to a piece in the Washington Post, "... across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup source during the re…

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Mining for Wine

August 19, 2014

Forget fancy wine cellars: the best place to store wine is in a tunnel. In Moldova—Europe’s poorest nation that has consistently been one of the world’s top 10 wine exporters, according to the BBC, there is “one of the world’s greatest wine stores in a warren of old mining tunnels deep inside the …

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A Florida Shell Mound, Human Bar-B-Q and more....

August 18, 2014

"A Well Preserved Florida Shell Mound in St. Petersburg" is The Food Museum's latest food heritage entry at Mother Earth News.

Check it out here.

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Perennial Plant Varieties May Save Soil, Boost Nutrition

August 16, 2014

The United States is losing 1.7 billion tons of topsoil each year as a result of today's damaging agricultural practices, so The Land Institute, based in Salina, Kansas, is rooting for the development  of perennial plant varieties from grains, legumes and vegetables.

Such plants are deeply rooted,…

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