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Yes, 'Frozen Food Taster' Is An Actual Profession

A look at a job that results in mouth blisters
Apr 7, 2014 4:00 pm

We’ve all heard about some pretty odd jobs out there. None may quite compare, however, to being a “sensory panelist” for a frozen foods company. A look at the job that results in mouth blisters, after the jump.

Video: Philadelphia Public Schools Learn Lunch Eatiquette

Chef Marc Vetri doesn't serve "raggedy pizza."
Mar 17, 2014 4:00 pm

Eatiquette is a special lunch program which provides students with fresh, cooked-from-scratch meals served family-style, supported by Vetri Foundation For Children. Several public schools in Philadelphia are benefitting from the effects of more nutritious food in a setting that supports healthier dining habits. Take a look inside an Eatiquette lunchroom, where, thanks to Marc Vetri and plenty of community support, kids don't just eat, they dine.    


Automated Precision Farming For The Modern Agriculture Nerd

Or is FarmBot the beginning of something bigger?
Feb 25, 2014 1:30 pm

Imagine a robot that takes the guesswork and labor out of farming: targeting and pulling weeds, tilling the ground, injecting seeds just the perfect depth in the soil and manually administering only the amount of water needed for growing using sensors. Now imagine that robot as a reasonably affordable machine with a catchy name: it's FarmBot! The story, after the jump.


Infographic: What Does 3,000 Calories Of Junk Food Look Like?

A daily recommended intake composed of junk foods
Feb 24, 2014 5:00 pm

We’ve all eaten way too much food at one dinner party or another. Think about Thanksgiving, for example. But did you know that these meals can actually account for – and in some cases, exceed – our entire daily recommended caloric intake? The good people at Visually put together this infographic measuring the amount of certain junk foods that contain exactly 3,000 calories. The infographic, after the jump.

Chefs And Diners Weigh In On Foodborne Illness Fears

Where does it come from and who fears it?
Feb 6, 2014 4:10 pm

Over the past few years, we’ve seen foodborne illness outbreaks cripple Denmark’s fine dining temple Noma and Miami’s Area 31. It seems nobody is immune, since this week’s report that Heston Blumenthal’s London restaurant Dinner has closed temporarily due to the norovirus. We asked chefs what diseases they worry about most, based on experience. Here’s our report on the most common illness worries and the real risk factor behind them.

U.S. Senate Just Passed The Farm Bill. What Does It All Mean?

A numerical look at a bill two years in the making
Feb 4, 2014 5:00 pm
Photo: Travis S. on Flickr

The long-stalled Farm Bill passed in the Senate today, less than a week after passing in the House of Representatives. The bill reauthorizes hundreds of programs for agriculture, dairy production, conservation, nutrition and international food aid. So, how does it all break down? We take a peek at some of the numbers.

This New Venture Will Sell FOOD. It's "Expired" When You Can't Eat It Anymore.

5 points in unabashed favor of The Daily Table
Jan 24, 2014 10:00 am

I'm puzzled by the mixed reactions to the announced opening of discount "expired" food store concept The Daily Table, spearheaded by former Trader Joe's president Doug Rauch in a low-income area of Massachusetts. Could consumers' fears of sell-by dates really cause them to abandon slightly older food completely? As someone with precisely zero fear of food that doesn't display something very clearly wrong, here are five points in unabashed favor of The Daily Table.

What's In A Name? Don't Let These 5 Unregulated Terms Fool You.

Superfoods, sushi-grade and other marketing tricks
Jan 22, 2014 11:00 am

Before you go out and spend your hard-earned money on food with labels like natural, sushi-grade and Grade A, ask yourself: Do you really know what’s in the food you’re eating? These terms and others are currently unregulated in the US. Here's the dope.


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