It’s Time to Confront the Scourge of Capitalism in the Food System

It’s Time to Confront the Scourge of Capitalism in the Food System

While it’s customary to blame consumer companies and their advertising campaigns for predatory and manipulative messages, it’s time to look beyond that critique to the truly deadly ingredient in the mix: capitalism itself. After all, the proliferation of lifestyle diseases is a direct result of lifestyle advertising promoted and subsidized under our capitalist system. Mr. […]

America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

For practically a century after its founding, the United States still couldn’t lay claim to any distinct cuisine. The emergent nation generally relied on a meat, potatoes and cheese diet, with fruits and vegetables often left off the dinner plate. Moreover, commonly held wisdom said that too many spices or condiments might just ruin one’s […]

'Armenian Pizza' Is the Comfort Food You Didn’t Know You Were Missing (Recipe)

'Armenian Pizza' Is the Comfort Food You Didn’t Know You Were Missing (Recipe)

The New Yorker in me always feels at home in Armenia, a country where thin-crust pies reign supreme and everyone folds their slice. Folding is the only mess-free way to eat lahmacun (“lah-ma-joon”), the inhalable, hubcap-sized flatbread spread with spiced meat that’s sometimes called Armenian pizza. Like its Italian counterpart, lahmacun is soul-satisfying desert-island fare, […]

Tasty tomatoes could be sacrificed in drive to cut food waste

Tasty tomatoes could be sacrificed in drive to cut food waste

Out in the coldage fotostock/Alamy By Sam Wong Tomayto, tomahto – we’ve long agreed to disagree on pronunciation, but the debate on where to store them is just heating up. Yesterday, new guidelines on food labelling aimed at reducing waste were published in the UK. The most eye-catching recommendation was that consumers should be advised […]

British Think Tank Report Says EU Food Policies Raise Food Prices

A new report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, a British nonprofit, argues that British food prices have been made artificially higher—an estimated seventeen percent so—by a combination of EU “tariffs, subsidies, and overly restrictive regulations.” The 51-page report comes as Britain crafts its future ahead of 2019’s Brexit, which will likely leave British lawmakers solely responsible […]

Freeloading mites are squatting on spider webs and stealing food

Freeloading mites are squatting on spider webs and stealing food

Professor Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira By Richa Malhotra In caves in Brazil, there lives a newly-discovered mite that is a freeloader. Groups of these mites live on a spider’s web and steal its food. They are the first mites known to do this. Leopoldo Ferreira de Oliveira Bernardi at the Federal University of Lavras in Minas […]

Junk food almost twice as distracting as healthy food

Junk food almost twice as distracting as healthy food

Top Story Even when people are hard at work, pictures of cookies, pizza and ice cream can distract them — and these junk food images are almost twice as distracting as health food pictures, concludes a new study. The study also found that after a few bites of candy, people found junk food no more […]