Backing a losing NFL team isn't just bad for your pride.
It's bad for your waistline.
A study that links sports outcomes with the eating behavior of fans finds that backers of NFL teams eat more food and fattier food the day after a loss. Backers of winning teams, by contrast, eat lighter food, and in moderation.
Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:51 pm
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday to slash $40 billion from the federal food stamp program.
GOP lawmakers cited what they said was widespread abuse of the program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is intended to help poor individuals and families buy groceries.
The vote to cut food stamps came on a party line vote of 217-200.
"It's wrong for working, middle-class people to pay" for abuse of the program, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.
In the quirky little college town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home to many unconventional ideas over the years, there's now a small insect factory.
It's an unassuming operation, a generic boxy building in a small industrial park. It took me a while even to find a sign with the company's name: EnviroFlight. But its goal is grand: The people at EnviroFlight are hoping that their insects will help our planet grow more food while conserving land and water.
Now, more on the SNAP program. Close to 16 million American households, nearly 14 percent of households, receive food stamps. That's 48 million Americans. Who are they and how would a cut affect them? Well, we're going to put those questions to Stacy Dean at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Welcome to the program.
STACY DEAN: Thanks for having me.
SIEGEL: What does that population look like? Who are those 48 million Americans?
Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:32 pm
The little plastic sample tray is empty, but the man behind the counter quickly replaces it with one full of a mooncake cut into teeny-tiny pieces. I grab a piece (OK, a couple) before the jostling crowd behind me can get to it. Samples are, after all, the only reason to visit Costco in the middle of a Sunday. There's a large display of square tins, each decorated with a painting of a Chinese man. I take one back to my mother and ask, "Can we get one?"
The House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill Thursday that would chart the course for federal nutrition programs for years to come.
The measure calls for $40 billion in cuts over a decade to the federal food stamp program, now known as SNAP. The measure's Republican backers say it attacks fraud, but advocates say it will hurt the poor.
Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 5:29 pm
This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase "beer gut."
A 61-year-old man ‚ÄĒ with a history of home-brewing ‚ÄĒ stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man's blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 percent, or almost five times the legal limit for driving in Texas.
There was just one hitch: The man said that he hadn't touched a drop of alcohol that day.
Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 2:22 pm
Scientists claim they have evidence that explains why lifestyle changes known to be good for you ‚ÄĒ low-fat diets, exercise, reducing stress ‚ÄĒ can lengthen your life.
Based on a small, exploratory study, researchers say these good habits work by preventing chromosomes in our cells from unraveling. Basically, they assert that healthy living can reverse the effects of aging at a genetic level.
The French novelist Marcel Proust immortalized the connection between food and memory when the narrator of his novel Remembrances of Things Past bit into a madeleine and was transported to thoughts of his childhood.
But what if that madeleine were poisoned, so to speak?
That is the question underlying Russian American writer Anya von Bremzen's new memoir, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking. Though it contains recipes, this is not a cookbook but rather, a history of a family and of Soviet Russia.
When critics of industrial agriculture complain that today's food production is too big and too dependent on pesticides, that it damages the environment and delivers mediocre food, there's a line that farmers offer in response: We're feeding the world.
It's high-tech agriculture's claim to the moral high ground. Farmers say they farm the way they do to produce food as efficiently as possible to feed the world.
Last summer‚Äôs drought knocked the nation‚Äôs corn exports to the mat.¬† And while U.S. farmers may be getting up from that punch, it may take them longer to regain their footing in international markets. ¬†
Most Americans don‚Äôt eat horse meat, and they don‚Äôt like the idea of horses being slaughtered, but a handful of investors are struggling to restart a horse slaughter industry in the United States.
The investors argue that reviving horse slaughter plants would be both good for the horse business and more humane than the current situation. They‚Äôre hoping to open a new horse slaughter plant near Gallatin, Mo., but opposition has the project mired in the legal system. The issue cleaves horse owners into two camps: one that views horses as pets and another that see them as livestock.
Farmers across Illinois and other midwest states are worried about their berries, peaches and tomatoes thanks to a newly arrived pest. ¬†
The spotted wing drosophila looks like an ordinary fruit fly but is way more deadly. It kills healthy fruit by making a tiny slit in a fruit‚Äôs skin and laying eggs inside. In two weeks, a female fly can lay more than 300 eggs. So a couple of adults can become thousands in a few months. Lincoln University‚Äôs Jaime Pi√Īero says no soft fruit is safe.
Farmers across the country received more than $17-Billion in federal crop insurance¬† payouts after last year‚Äôs drought. A report by one environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.¬†
This is the thirteenth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media‚Äôs series chronicling Americans‚Äô connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.
Matt Pauly has traveled the world ¬†‚Äď he‚Äôs lived in New York, Paris, South Korea ‚Äď but he‚Äôs still a farm boy at heart.
Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012. The federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion. And in rural America, that money is still paying dividends. To understand the impact, Harvest Public Media reporter Bill Wheelhouse took a tour of Livingston County, Illinois. Farmers here received by far the biggest insurance payout in the nation.
On this sweltering day in mid-August, surrounded by healthy 8-foot tall corn stalks, Doug Wilson peels back the husks to see how his corn is looking. The verdict?
Organizers of this year's Farm Progress Show say they'll wait to decide whether to keep an onsite annex when the nation's largest outdoor farm show returns to Decatur in 2015. ¬† This year's three-day show had about 600 vendors _ the most in its 60 year history. With so many vendors, organizers added an annex for new exhibitors. ¬†
West central Illinois is now in what is being called a moderate drought.¬† That's despite a relatively cool and wet start to the summer.
The US Drought Monitor's latest map shows moderate drought for the western half of Sangamon County and farther west all the way into Missouri. ¬†
The state's climatologist, Jim Angel,¬† says most droughts move slow and take 3-6 months to develop. However, sometimes they can move¬† fast if conditions are right, leading to the term ‚Äúflash drought‚ÄĚ. This situation appears to be developing west central Illinois.
Hot weather has been greeting visitors to this years Farm Progress Show in Decatur.¬† And as the show enters its final day Thursday, the head of a national trade group says weather is also on the mind of midwest farmers attending the event.¬†
As Midwest vineyards move in next door to longstanding fields of corn or soybeans, they don‚Äôt always make good neighbors. Occasionally, herbicides like 2,4-D drift beyond their target, and for nearby vineyards the results can be devastating.
2,4-D is a common herbicide used by farmers because it kills weeds but doesn‚Äôt kill their corn. Landscapers and golf courses use it on lawns and fairways. Highway crews often spray 2,4-D on road ditches.
This is the twelfth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media‚Äôs series chronicling Americans‚Äô connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.
One sign that you have strong farm roots is when your rural road is named for your family.
Five years ago, Howard G. Buffett was at a meeting of an international food aid agency when he was told that feeding the millions of starving people in Africa was simple.
Just give them better seeds, someone said.
That advice might work on some philanthropists. But Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, happens to be an Illinois farmer.
‚ÄúThis guy was explaining to me how to farm and he‚Äôd never been on a farm in his life,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúSo it really kind of irritated me. I came home and said, ‚ÄėOK, I‚Äôm going to have data to show these guys.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
This is the eleventh installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media‚Äôs series chronicling Americans‚Äô connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.
Danelle Myer owns a small vegetable farm and like many other small farmers, she‚Äôs passionate about the kind of operation she wants to grow: a small, local business.
It‚Äôs August. The days are growing shorter, fall is approaching, but summer isn‚Äôt done just yet. All over the country folks are flocking to that ultimate summer tradition: the state fair.
Carnival rides and games, meat on a stick, livestock competitions ‚Äď the Midwest does state fairs up right. And for many, summer in the Midwest isn't complete without a trip to the state fair. For others, a virtual visit will have to do.
With Congress in its August recess, the farm bill is stalled and many are pessimistic about getting a new bill passed before the current extension expires on Sept. 30. Still, farm country legislators aren‚Äôt exactly giving up hope. Republican Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was asked about the farm bill at a town hall style meeting in in his district this week. He said that he thinks the most likely outcome is that the House will pass a ‚Äúfood stamp bill,‚ÄĚ to go along with a agriculture portion it passed in June. That could put the farm bill back on track.