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Spoonfuls Of Stonehenge: Modern Ice Cream Flavors Inspired By History

Spiegelman's Charcoal Ice Cream with Pomegranate Swirl and Chocolate Sourdough Breadcrumbs is an edible ode Persephone —whose decision to eat pomegranate seeds sealed her fate as queen of the underworld, according to Greek mythology.Hannah Spiegelmanhide caption

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A Warming Planet Could Zap Nutrition From Rice That Feeds The World

Scientists find that rice grown under elevated carbon conditions loses substantial amounts of protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins, depending on the variety.Maximilian Stock, Ltdhttp://npr.org/Getty Images/Passagehide caption

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Saved In The NECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction

Workers sort NECCO Wafers at the New England Confectionery Co. in Revere, Mass. The Ohio-based Spangler Candy Company made the winning bid for NECCO, which filed for bankruptcy in early April.Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Imageshide caption

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Missouri May Be First State To Get Serious About The Definition Of Meat

The USDA is expecting Americans to eat record amounts of meat this year.Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Mediahide caption

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Hey, Salad Lovers: It's OK To Eat Romaine Lettuce Again

A man shops for vegetables beside romaine lettuce for sale at a supermarket in Los Angeles.Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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Hey, Salad Lovers: It's OK To Eat Romaine Lettuce Again

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Video Campaign Aims To Unify Poland Through The Power Of Bread

Hate crimes are on the rise in Poland. In response, a new YouTube video aspires to foster tolerance by having people from marginalized groups bake and sell bread to customers at a Warsaw bakery. Above, some of the loaves baked and handed out as part of the campaign. Each loaf is wrapped in a black ribbon with a photo and information about the person who baked it.Anna Bińczykhide caption

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USDA Unveils Prototypes For GMO Food Labels, And They're ... Confusing

The USDA has released several options for what the labels might look like.Department of Agriculture hide caption

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USDA Unveils Prototypes For GMO Food Labels, And They're ... Confusing

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Why The $#%& Can't He Wash The Dishes?! The Chores That Can Sink A Relationship

In the division of household tasks, one study shows that washing dishes is the category with the biggest discrepancy between men and women.Alex Wilson/Getty Imageshide caption

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Frozen Food Fan? As Sales Rise, Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh

Frozen vegetables are displayed for sale at an Aldi supermarket in Hackensack, N.J.Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Imageshide caption

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Frozen Food Fan? As Sales Rise, Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh

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How Wall Street Brought Down Georgia's Suspicious Chicken Price Index

Georgia's chicken prices were 30 to 50 percent higher than chicken prices elsewhere in 2015. Investors smelled a rat.Rob Lawson/Getty Imageshide caption

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How Wall Street Brought Down Georgia's Suspicious Chicken Price Index

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Warming Waters Push Fish To Cooler Climes, Out Of Some Fishermen's Reach

Austin Steeves packages lobsters after hauling traps on his grandfather's boat in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine.Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Imageshide caption

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Warming Waters Push Fish To Cooler Climes, Out Of Some Fishermen's Reach

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Skokie, Ill., Has Great Bagels — And An Even Better Story Behind Them

The bagels for sale at Skokie's New York Bagel & Bialy, which opened in the Illinois town in 1962, are as good as any you'd find in the Big Apple. In the post-World War II era, the town became a hub for Jewish Holocaust survivors, and synagogues sprouted alongside Jewish delis.Amanda Leigh Lichtensteinhide caption

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Gels, Foams and Purees: Cookbooks Serve Up Recipes For Those Who Struggle To Swallow

Swallowing disorders are becoming more common. Some chefs are now whipping up nutritious recipes that are not only easy on the throat, but help restore the joy of eating. Left: Pureed satay chicken with edamame, shaped into the form of a drumstick. Right: Pureed fruit and yogurt set with agar agar — Australian chef Peter Morgan-Jones calls it an ideal finger food for those with dysphagia.Matt Jewell/HammondCarehide caption

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On East Coast Oyster Farms, 'Women Are Rising Up From The Bay In A Big Way'

Oyster farmer and scientist Lisa Calvo leads a team of women that harvests oysters along the New Jersey coast. Calvo says she is inspired by the tenacity, skill and grit of women now coming into the industry.Jenn Hall/NPRhide caption

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From Collards To Maple Syrup, How Your Identity Impacts The Food You Like

If you're Southern, the macaroni and cheese with collard greens may taste better to you than to someone from another culture.Glasshouse Images/Getty Imageshide caption

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The Bigger The Mother Fish, The More Babies She Has

The biggest fingerling salmon in this Alaskan fish hatchery are likely born to the biggest mothers.Education Images/UIG via Getty Imageshide caption

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The Bigger The Mother Fish, The More Babies She Has

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The Colonel In The Kitchen: A Surprising History Of Sous Vide

Illustrations of how the A.G.S. system portioned and cooked food, featured in the May 1969 issue of Cornell Hospital & Restaurant Administration Quarterly magazine. Col. Ambrose McGuckian, the author's step-grandfather, wrote in the magazine about the "water bath cooking" technique he'd developed — which sounds an awful lot like what we now know as sous vide.hide caption

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Dozens Of Victims Are Still Coping With The E. Coli Outbreak In Romaine Lettuce

A man shops for vegetables near romaine lettuce for sale at a supermarket in California, where the first death from the E. coli outbreak was reported.Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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How Prized Bull Semen And DNA Testing Are Reshaping America's Beef Herd

Elation is an Angus bull that recently sold for $800,000. His co-owner, Brian Bell, sells Elation's semen for $50 a sample, about double the going rate.Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Mediahide caption

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How 'Peasant Food' Helped Chef Lidia Bastianich Achieve Her 'American Dream'

Lidia Bastianich owns restaurants in New York, as well as in several other cities.Bobby Bank/WireImagehide caption

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How 'Peasant Food' Helped Chef Lidia Bastianich Achieve Her 'American Dream'

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Now That Calorie Labels Are Federal Law, Will We Eat Less?

Signs declare the calorie counts for sandwiches and other grab-and-go items at a Starbucks in Washington, D.C.Allison Aubrey/NPRhide caption

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Now That Calorie Labels Are Federal Law, Will We Eat Less?

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