Life, uncontained: Fighting with weeds, squash — and GMOs

Living things have a habit of not doing what you expect them to. But sometimes plants and animals can go places you aren't intending, and the consequences can be minor ... or catastrophic.

Food Feeding the City

Would a Walmart solve West Oakland's and Nashville's food problems?

Getting fresh, healthy food into low-income urban areas known as "food deserts" isn't as simple as it appears. For example, should food-justice advocates be celebrating when Walmart is the one bringing an oasis of fresh groceries to these deserts?


A recap of the FDA's ‘Frankenfish' hearings

Even the FDA's pro-industry committee charged with evaluating the safety of a new genetically engineered salmon wants to see better science before supporting its release.

Climate & Energy

Wasted food equals wasted energy, new study makes clear

Americans' profligate food-tossing ways waste the energy equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil per year, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas. And that figure is probably low, says American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom.


Fixing USDA dietary guidelines won't fix our diets

The USDA is revising its guidelines on what Americans should be eating. But even if the feds get it right, which they probably won't, a new pyramid won't be enough to change the way we eat.


A locavore in China, Pt. 1: Black-market melons, un-free birds, and masquerading mangosteens

Living in the capital of China's rich and fertile Zhejiang Province, I thought I was eating local. Wrong. With reusable water bottle in hand and organic cotton socks strapped tight, I set off to see where my food really comes …


PBR: ‘That softer, kindlier taste’ urban farmers love

In the 1940s, Pabst Blue Ribbon appealed directly to the grow-your-own brigade -- just as the beer now does to their irony-loving grandchildren.


Hamburgers are the new heroin [VIDEO]

An intense new video shows kids being turned into junk-food junkies. Plus, parents learn a valuable lesson about serving XXX's and OOO's while trying to Feed the Children.

Business & Technology

Obama taps food-industry exec for top ag-research post

Obama has nominated Catherine Woteki, an exec from the Mars candy corporation, to direct the U.S. government's entire agricultural research budget.