Food

Fat Chances

The U.S. is cutting out trans fats from processed foods by 2018

The FDA will ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the largest source of trans fats in processed foods, by 2018. This is a big deal.

Food

Meet moringa, the (latest) world’s most amazing superfood

This leaf is packed with nutrients, grows in dry tropic climates where people are malnourished, and appeals to affluent health buffs, too.

Fruit and the city

Can I eat urban-grown produce without getting poisoned?

A reader wants to know whether fruit grown in public parks and city land ends up contaminated with all the crud in urban soil. Umbra's got the answer.

Living

California kids may not have to worry about pesticides at school anymore

Pesticide use near school zones isn't just an isolated health risk -- it's been an ongoing environmental justice issue across California.

Climate & Energy

Drought forces cuts to some of California’s oldest water rights

In a step it hasn't taken since the 1970s, the state water board tells key rights holders, including municipalities and water districts, to draw less H2O.

Food

Organic farmers: Whole Foods is an unfair grader

Like many certification systems, the Whole Foods ratings have some downsides, and some farmers say the system is costly and flawed.

spoiler alert

Climate change ruins everything — and now it’s coming for your tea

Have you ever noticed that climate change is killing all that you hold dear? Welcome to Spoiler Alerts.

Food

Can Seattle’s restaurants survive the new $15 minimum wage?

Restaurant owners embrace -- and worry about -- Seattle's new minimum wage hike.

Food

Scientists confirm that Americans suck at not wasting food

Thankfully, nearly 90 percent of the survey's respondents were interested in reducing food waste at home.