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Over at BrewYour Own: The how-to homebrew beer magazine the editors are tasting beer made with coffee bean that have been previously, um, digested and excreted by civets.

It's not only corn for ethanol that's driving up global food prices. The New York Times looks at the growing demand for cassava.

The Washington Post advocates slashing farm subsidies.

Grist asks if pesticides should be banned to save the bee population.

Civil Eats has a great interactive chart looking at where Americans get most of their calories.