Harvest Desk http://wuis.org en Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget http://wuis.org/post/cheap-eats-cookbook-shows-how-eat-well-food-stamp-budget When <a href="http://www.leannebrown.ca">Leanne Brown</a> moved to New York from Canada to earn a master's in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.<p>"It really bothered me," she says. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Molly Roberts 30545 at http://wuis.org Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms http://wuis.org/post/breast-feeding-still-difficult-many-moms When Elizabeth O'Connell was expecting her first child, she knew she wanted to breast-feed. And, she says, she sort of expected it to just happen, naturally.<p>That's not quite how it panned out. "I was experiencing very tremendous pain," she says.<p>At first she figured that was normal — but soon it became too much to handle. "I was devastated," she says. "The reality is nursing is a wonderful bonding experience, but when you're in pain, you aren't really thinking about that."<p>O'Connell, who lives in Connecticut, says she really wanted it to work. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 30535 at http://wuis.org Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms July Tied Record For Cool Weather http://wuis.org/post/july-tied-record-cool-weather <p>If you thought last month was unseasonably mild in Illinois, you were correct.&nbsp; In fact, it tied the record for the coolest July.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:58:49 +0000 Sean Crawford 30513 at http://wuis.org July Tied Record For Cool Weather These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate http://wuis.org/post/these-ivory-coast-cacao-farmers-had-never-tasted-chocolate <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEN4hcZutO0</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:21:00 +0000 editor 30505 at http://wuis.org These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate Syracuse Researchers Melt Rock, Grill A Steak Over Magma http://wuis.org/post/syracuse-researchers-melt-rock-grill-steak-over-magma <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Syracuse+Researchers+Melt+Rock%2C+Grill+A+Steak+Over+Magma&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Researchers at Syracuse University built a furnace that can melt rock. So of course, they had a molten lava cookout. Chefs placed a ribeye on a grill over 2,100-degree magma. Seconds later, a very charred, medium rare steak. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:30:00 +0000 editor 30468 at http://wuis.org Are Higher Food Prices Affecting You? http://wuis.org/post/are-higher-food-prices-affecting-you <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When ever food prices start to rise – even a little – the national news finally starts doing stories about agriculture. We get frantic calls from editors in New York and Los Angeles – will they ration bacon? Will there be enough beef for backyard barbeques? Will children get their milk?!</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:59:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe 30461 at http://wuis.org Are Higher Food Prices Affecting You? When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions http://wuis.org/post/when-china-spurns-gmo-corn-imports-american-farmers-lose-billions For a while there, China was the American farmer's best friend. The world's most populous nation had so many pigs and chickens to feed, it became one of the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2014-april/china-in-the-next-decade-rising-meat-demand-and-growing-imports-of-feed.aspx#.U9qutONdV8E">top importers</a> of U.S. corn and soybeans almost overnight.<p>China also developed a big appetite for another corn-derived animal feed called "dried distillers grains with solubles," or <a href="http://www.grains.org/buyingselling/ddgs">DDGS</a>, a byproduct of ethanol production. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Dan Charles 30453 at http://wuis.org When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? http://wuis.org/post/should-we-return-nutrients-our-pee-back-farm Let me guess how you feel about your urine: Get that smelly stuff away from me as fast as possible?<p>A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.<p>Then they're pooling the urine of the 170 volunteers in the pilot project (a quart or so, per person, daily) and eventually giving it to a farmer, who's putting it on her hay fields in place of synthetic fertilizer. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 30435 at http://wuis.org Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker http://wuis.org/post/how-order-pizza-nuclear-command-bunker I spent months working with the U.S. Air Force to get access to a remote underground nuclear bunker in Nebraska for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/29/335293314/welcome-to-the-nuclear-command-bunker">our radio series</a> on America's missile forces. There was only one question left to answer before I left.<p>What did I want for lunch?<p>The menu provided by the press office was eclectic. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 30404 at http://wuis.org How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker Red Robin's 'Monster' Burger Wins Xtreme Eating Awards http://wuis.org/post/red-robins-monster-burger-wins-xtreme-eating-awards <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Red+Robin%27s+%27Monster%27+Burger+Wins+Xtreme+Eating+Awards&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzczMDA2MDEzNTg3ODA1MTAzZjYxNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Red Robin has received a hefty award - its monster burger ranked the highest in the Extreme Eating Awards. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:53:00 +0000 editor 30389 at http://wuis.org What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease http://wuis.org/post/what-somebodys-mummy-can-teach-you-about-heart-disease We think of heart disease as a modern scourge, brought on by our sedentary lifestyles and our affinity for fast food.<p>But a few years ago, a team of researchers discovered something puzzling — CT scans of Egyptian mummies <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2009/11/egyptian_mummies_had_hardened.html">showed signs</a> of hardened, narrow arteries. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:37:00 +0000 editor 30382 at http://wuis.org What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others http://wuis.org/post/why-your-small-batch-whiskey-might-taste-lot-others It's a good time to be a whiskey maker, and craft whiskeys are all the rage, with names like Bulleit, Redemption, Templeton and George Dickel.<p>But according to a <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/your-craft-whiskey-is-probably-from-a-factory-distillery-in-indiana.html">report</a> on The Daily Beast, some of those producers tossing off hazy, golden adjectives like "hand-crafted," "small-batch" and "artisanal" are, well, not. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 30373 at http://wuis.org Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment http://wuis.org/post/moldovas-winemakers-seize-upon-regions-geopolitical-moment Consider, for a moment, the misfortunes of winemakers in Moldova, a former Soviet republic in southeastern Europe, tucked in between Ukraine and Romania.<p>Their country is the poorest in Europe, with a per capita GDP about the same as Honduras. They'd love to sell their product — which has gotten approving nods from foreign critics<strong> --</strong> in wealthier countries. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Dan Charles 30366 at http://wuis.org Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price http://wuis.org/post/farming-bluefin-tuna-tiger-ocean-not-without-price In a windowless laboratory in downtown Baltimore, some tiny, translucent fish larvae are swimming about in glass-walled tanks.<p>They are infant bluefin tuna. Scientists in this laboratory are trying to grasp what they call the holy grail of aquaculture: raising this powerful fish, so prized by sushi lovers, entirely in captivity. But the effort is fraught with challenges.<p>When I visited, I couldn't see the larvae at first. They look incredibly fragile and helpless, just drifting in the tanks' water currents. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Dan Charles 30315 at http://wuis.org Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says http://wuis.org/post/mcdonalds-responsible-treatment-workers-agency-says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.<p>Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-office-general-counsel-authorizes-complaints-against-mcdonalds">said</a> that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.<p>Restaurant chains have fought such a designation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 30296 at http://wuis.org McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp http://wuis.org/post/want-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-choose-mackerel-over-shrimp Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">omega-3s</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111509588">vitamin D</a> and low on the food chain.<p>Those shining attributes have earned them plenty of nods from doctors and environmentalists alike, as we've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">reported</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:07:00 +0000 editor 30288 at http://wuis.org Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers http://wuis.org/post/widely-used-insecticides-are-leaching-midwest-rivers A class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on a lot of big corn and soybean fields, has been getting a pretty bad rap lately.<p>Researchers have implicated these chemicals, which are similar to nicotine, as a contributor to the alarming decline of bee colonies. That led the European Union to place a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/29/179868454/europe-bans-pesticides-in-move-to-protect-honey-bees">moratorium</a> on their use, and environmentalists want the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:53:00 +0000 editor 30265 at http://wuis.org Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One http://wuis.org/post/sometimes-you-feel-nut-sometimes-you-just-drive-one Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.<p>The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.<p>"Today, I get to walk in the shoes of a 98-year-old American icon," says Megan Kreuger, one of the Nutmobile's drivers. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:39:00 +0000 editor 30241 at http://wuis.org Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti's Golden Ticket To Prosperity? http://wuis.org/post/could-specialty-cocoa-be-haitis-golden-ticket-prosperity In Robillard, a tiny hamlet deep in the Haitian hinterland, Valmir Mamonvil is standing next to a would-be national hero: Maman Pye cacao, which in Haitian Creole means "mother cacao tree." His father planted it 30 years ago, but for Mamonvil, the tree is more than a family heirloom. It could be his kids' ticket to prosperity — and his country's chance to cash in on surging chocolate demand around the world.<p>Maman Pye is one of about 600 "supertrees" scattered throughout northern Haiti. Supertrees are not unique to Haiti. They don't even seem remarkable, until you look closer. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:34:00 +0000 editor 30239 at http://wuis.org Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti's Golden Ticket To Prosperity? Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack http://wuis.org/post/athletes-should-fear-heat-more-heart-attack When a runner's heart stops during a marathon, it gets a lot of press — even though it's actually a pretty rare event. A more common killer among runners, and a condition that needs more prevention efforts, is heatstroke, according to a study by Israeli researchers.<p>During a 2011 running race, physicians at a Tel Aviv hospital noticed there were far more heatstroke victims admitted than <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1106468">cardiac patients</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:47:00 +0000 editor 30234 at http://wuis.org Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich http://wuis.org/post/sandwich-monday-korean-steak-sandwich Ever since we landed in San Francisco and refused to leave, we've heard people talking about the Korean steak sandwich at <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rheas-deli-and-market-san-francisco">Rhea's Deli and Market</a>. People say things like "It's amazing" and "Get away from me, I'm trying to eat" and "Did you just lick a drop of sauce off of my shirt? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Ian Chillag 30213 at http://wuis.org Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties http://wuis.org/post/fast-food-scandal-revives-chinas-food-safety-anxieties A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.<p>The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong, and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.<p>The privately held OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Ill., and claims 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 30185 at http://wuis.org Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties Illinois Farmers Market Prices Survey http://wuis.org/post/illinois-farmers-market-prices-survey <p>The University of Illinois Extension Service is now regularly surveying prices at farmers markets around the state.</p><p></p><p>According to The News-Gazette in Champaign the surveys of 11 farmers markets around Illinois are being conducted as part of a three-state effort that includes Kentucky and Tennessee.</p><p>The weekly price surveys are being published on the University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification's website. &nbsp;</p><p>The idea is to give produce farmers an idea of what prices look like across the region. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:25:31 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 30158 at http://wuis.org Illinois Farmers Market Prices Survey Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://wuis.org/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful; it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 30143 at http://wuis.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe http://wuis.org/post/youll-be-maaaaaaaad-about-goat-if-you-follow-chefs-recipe As the host of the Goats and Soda blog, I wanted to learn a little bit more about goats.<p>At the top of my list: How do you cook goat meat?<p>That's the question I put to Kevin Onyona, who cooks goat at the <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/swahili-village-beltsville">Swahili Village</a> restaurant in Beltsville, Md. The Kenyan-born chef was also in charge of preparing the goat stew served up at the <a href="http://www.festival.si.edu/">Smithsonian Folklife Festival</a> earlier this summer, as part of the Kenya exhibits.<p>"Goat, it is easy to mess up," he told me. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Marc Silver 30109 at http://wuis.org You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir http://wuis.org/post/plot-poison-famed-french-wine-makes-gripping-pinot-noir Romanée-Conti — a legendary French vineyard — produces one of the most elegant and extravagantly-priced wines in the world. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 30071 at http://wuis.org Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets http://wuis.org/post/forget-fishing-boat-alaskans-scoop-salmon-dipnets Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.<p>Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness. This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets — and the lengths Alaskans will go to in order to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon.<p>Novena Registe sits on a cooler on the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River, relaxing in the sun after a long day of fishing. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 30067 at http://wuis.org Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://wuis.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 30047 at http://wuis.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy http://wuis.org/post/keychain-breathalyzers-may-make-quantified-drinking-easy While testing whether a <a href="seamus.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/02/327854051/alcohol-test-can-you-control-your-intoxication-by-eating-yeast">dash of yeast</a> could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 30049 at http://wuis.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic? http://wuis.org/post/when-do-chefs-and-doctors-buy-generic Pharmacists and doctors are more likely than the general public to buy generic medicine, as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/07/05/198504001/why-doesnt-everybody-buy-cheap-generic-headache-medicine" target="_blank">we reported</a> last year. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 editor 30017 at http://wuis.org When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic?