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Recycling 'blackouts in a can' should inspire other uses for recalled food

Truckloads of Four Loko and other alcohol-laced energy drinks are being recycled into ethanol and other products after federal authorities told manufacturers the beverages were dangerous and caused users to become "wide-awake drunk." - Associated Press, Jan. 6, 2011 Here in America, we don't believe in wasting food. We manage to use almost a whopping 60 percent of what we produce. (W00t!) How do we do it? Well, among other things, our thrifty government buys up excess production of cheap cheese or meat to use in the National School Lunch Program. Food manufacturers and supermarkets send their leftover, messed-up, or …

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Four Loko will now fuel cars, not mayhem

Fill 'er up!Photo: Austin UhlerFour Loko: It's gross, bad for you, and only existed legitimately for about five minutes before turning into its own punchline. It's pretty much the Ke$ha of beverages. But it looks like the caffeinated alcoholic energy drink, whose main 2010 achievements were inspiring mediocre hip-hop and pissing off the FDA, may be getting a clean slate in the new year. A Virginia facility is now turning the drinks into fuel, by distilling their alcohol and recycling it into ethanol. MXI Environmental Services, one of three plants in the U.S. that can turn products with extractable alcohol …

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Tropicana 'snackifies' drinks with new fruit in a tube

The new Tropicana AppleWorld Tropolis snack.Americans know fruits and vegetables are good for us, but still, only a pathetic portion of adults actually eat them every day. It's pretty tough to foist things on your kids that you yourself don't eat, which might explain why one out of five U.S. children is obese. PepsiCo is here to help. The solution? Make fruit more fun! And what's more fun than puréed slush in a tube that you can hand your kid in his carseat to squirt in his mouth? Move over, juice boxes and Go-Gurt: PepsiCo subsidiary Tropicana is introducing Tropolis …

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The 10 most popular Grist posts of 2010

We Audi know better The unheralded significance of the Audi 'green police' ad The Audi ad that ran during the Super Bowl featured the "green police" arresting people for various eco-crimes like not composting an orange peel. It ends with Audi's suggestion for evading the green police: driving off in a diesel A3 TDI (named by Green Car Journal as Green Car of the Year). David Roberts' commentary on whether the ad was aimed at teabaggers or enviros got folks all hot 'n' bothered. I’ve got Kevin Costner on the phone. He’ll know what to do. The BP coffee spill …

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Vote on the Scariest Food of 2010

From slimeburgers to oily oysters and salmonella-tainted eggs, 2010 kept dishing up yucky food news like a lunch lady gone postal. In case you’ve forgotten -- put down that Four Loko, now! -- we’ve rounded up the year’s 10 biggest scandals and travesties, including the very latest exposé from the Humane Society’s undercover investigators. So tell us: Which of these were you most afraid to put in your mouth this year? Vote for the scariest -- or click through the slideshow for explanations of our fears. EggsThis past August, half a billion eggs potentially tainted with salmonella invaded American kitchens. …

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Ripley's Eat It or Not [SLIDESHOW]

Oh, Ripley's Believe It or Not. Every year, you come out with new tales of bizarre behavior, extreme events, and fantastic fetishes. And despite our best intentions, we can't ignore you, any more than we can avoid clicking on the latest cute animal video on Huffington Post (Cat adopts baby squirrel? Awww!) No, Ripley's, not when you clue us in that the average meat-eater consumes 1,200 chickens in a lifetime ("the equivalent of eating a four-year-old elephant"). Or that Eleanor Roosevelt used to snack on three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning to improve her memory -- if not her breath. …

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WTFood: Would you drink Jamba Juice's 'Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie'?

Fast-food turf wars are nothing new. Whether trying to outdo each other with the most ridiculous novelty food items or encroaching on each other's proprietary foodscapes, many mainstream restaurants don't seem shy about pushing the limits of what substances of questionable nature and origin humans will slip down their esophaguses. What's new is when one restaurant openly mocks the others for it with an amazing product like Jamba Juice's Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie, "a delightful mix of real beefy goodness, smothered in cheese, loaded with your favorite condiments and blended to creamy perfection." Slurp up the action: "Is Jamba Juice getting …

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Fast food's vomit-worthy hall of gimmicks [SLIDESHOW]

Using meat as "buns." Adding an extra sandwich -- or two. Making anything a "footlong." What results from these tricks of the fast food world aren't examples of food; they're freak gimmicks of a cheap'n'easy system of calorie production. But that doesn't stop hoards of people from gobbling them up with glee and extra "special sauce" dribbling down their chins. Chain restaurants usually offer their Frankenfood inventions for "a limited time only," but the effects on people's health and on the health of the planet stick around for a lot longer. Feast your eyes on some of the most recent …

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Six drinks to avoid slipping down your gullet [SLIDESHOW]

Here at Grist we like to think we're looking out for you guys, so before you stock up on refreshing sippables for your summer potlucks here's a small checklist of beverage bandits looking to pee in your pool party. Cheers! Photo courtesy racineur via Flickr Fuze Refresh "Peach-Mango" The only thing more confusing than Peach-Mango Fuze’s icy tundra photo shoot is the origin of its healthy peach-mango claim. This tropical drink lacks both peaches and mangos! How do they get away with this? By numbing your inquisitive taste buds with an overwhelming amount of sugar and crystalline fructose, a sweetening …

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WTFood: McNuggets have a little too much in common with Silly Putty

Photo: fuxoft via FlickrDrooling over those food-like substances!Moms across the nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief every time their toddlers pop Silly Putty in their mouths with the news that that childhood mainstay is not completely unlike another one: McDonald's Chicken McNuggets. As it turns out, these two amorphous items share the yummy-sounding chemical ingredient, dimethylpolysiloxane, which acts as an "anti-foaming agent." Why does your chicken need an anti-foaming agent? To keep all that delicious deep-frying oil from getting too frothy, of course! "The chemical is a form of silicone also used in cosmetics and Silly Putty. A …

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