Food

Fast food wrappers and popcorn bags leach fire-fighting chemical into food

Synthetic chemicals that repel oil and are used on paper packaging to prevent grease leaking, can migrate directly into food.

Cafeteria confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens

The origins of Boulder's school food makeover: Nowhere to go but up

How Boulder schools went from pushing Ding Dongs and sodas to luring chef Ann Cooper to revamp their entire school-food system.

Annie Leonard's 'Story of Electronics' tells how our gadgets are 'designed for the dump' [VIDEO]

My newfound obsession with where my tech gadgets come from just got stoked by a new video -- which I watched on a tech gadget. You should, too.

The fast-food industry’s $4.2 billion marketing blitz

Yale's Rudd Center reports that the fast-food industry spent $4.2 billion on marketing last year. That's a sign of the industry's robust financial health -- and bad news for the public's health.

Feeding the world means hogging less grain

How many people can the Earth support? Depends on their level of food consumption. At the U.S. average of 1,763 pounds of grain per person annually for food and feed, the 2-billion-ton annual world harvest would feed just 2.5 billion …

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Do we really have a food-safety crisis?

In this first installment in our debate over the Food Safety Modernization Act, our experts lock horns over food-borne-illness data and whether the problems we have with the food system are about dirty, bumpy vegetables -- or dirty, buggy cattle.

Cafeteria confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens

Boulder schools remove the stigma from free school lunches

Fortunately, gone are the days when students had to identify themselves as too poor to buy lunch in order to get fed.

Who took your cheese? Could be the FDA

The government's war on unpasteurized milk was something most people could comfortably ignore as being about the fringe. But when the FDA starts messing with people's $22-per-pound raw-milk Camembert ... well, now that's serious.

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The Food Safety Modernization Act

We've invited an array of food-policy experts along with a few Grist readers to debate whether there is indeed a food-safety crisis and if so, whether the current legislation before the Senate will protect eaters and punish the right producers.