The Things We Eat
How the Other 'We' Eats: The Standard American Diet
Depending on your socioeconomic situation, you might think 2014 was the year of kale and the at-home amateur chef, but the only trend that the majority of us actually followed en masse was an unfortunate continuation of the standard American diet.
Will Low-Fat Foods Ever Taste as Good as Full-Fat Versions?
Scientists are close to the delicious answer—but there's no guarantee we'll be healthier because of it.
When Will We Stop Suggesting That Plants Have Feelings?
Maybe only when all of the vegetarians disappear.
Fruits and Vegetables Are About to Enter a Flavor Renaissance
Chefs are teaming up with plant breeders to revitalize bland produce with robust flavors and exotic beauty—qualities long neglected by industrial agriculture.
Todd Staples and Burrito Treason in the Lone Star State
Did Meatless Mondays bring down Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples?
How the Environmental Working Group Sells Its Message Short
There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about a new herbicide created by Dow Chemical, but trying to scare parents into thinking their kids will be poisoned on the playground only distracts us from them.
What Is the World's Actual Lowest Hanging Fruit?
A linguist and top pomologists attempt to answer what should be a simple inquiry. Oddly enough, the answer brings a complicated tale of devil strawberries, insurance companies, inferior fruit, and the messy line between literal and metaphorical interpretation.
From Raphael to Tenacious D, a Brief History of Erotic Plants
As Walter Benjamin predicted would happen in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production,” the eroticization of plant life has become yet another ritualistic art victimized by a technology.
A Roadkill Revolution: Eating Animals to Liberate Them
A philosopher argues that if there are viable ways to reduce intentional harm to animals by eating them—and there are—then all vegetarians who subscribe to the “do-the-least-harm” principle should be obligated to make roadkill a part of their diet.
Why So Many Children of Immigrants Are Going Hungry
Many people who qualify for government assistance are afraid to ask for it.
How Climate Change Will Affect Our Ancient Relationship With Wheat
At a time when the worldwide wheat supply needs to grow, we might not even be able to keep it from diminishing.
Saturated Fads: Butter Is Back Only Because Our Biases Remain
Was a critically flawed meta-analysis claiming no link between saturated fat and heart disease so quickly lauded by foodies and food writers everywhere because they’re desperate to promote an “eating like grandma” agenda?