Food & Food Culture

9:24am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Salt

Nation's Biggest Honey Packer Admits 'Laundering' Chinese Honey

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 9:59 am

A Chinese farmer tends to bees producing honey to supplement her income at a farm in China's Anhui province.
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There was bombshell news from the world of honey two weeks ago, and somehow we missed it. Two big honey packers, including one of the largest in the country — Groeb Farms of Onsted, Mich. — admitted buying millions of dollars worth of honey that was falsely labeled.

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4:43pm

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

At Columbia University, Nutella Thefts Make Headlines

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 5:04 pm

The bartender spreads Nutella on a crepe in a creperie in Rome.
Alberto Pellaschiar AP

It has some people saying: This is why we can't have nice things.

According to the student newspaper, the Columbia Spectator, ever since the dining halls at Columbia University were stocked with Nutella, students have been consuming "up to 100 pounds per day."

And by consuming, they mean eating but also "filling cups of Nutella to-go in Ferris Booth Commons and taking the full jars out of John Jay."

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3:04pm

Thu March 7, 2013
The Salt

If Caffeine Can Boost The Memory Of Bees, Can It Help Us, Too?

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:13 pm

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Who knew that the flower nectar of citrus plants — including some varieties of grapefruit, lemon and oranges — contains caffeine? As does the nectar of coffee plant flowers.

And when honeybees feed on caffeine-containing nectar, it turns out, the caffeine buzz seems to improve their memories — or their motivations for going back for more.

"It is surprising," says Geraldine Wright at Newcastle University in the the U.K., the lead researcher of a new honeybee study published in the journal Science.

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2:09pm

Thu March 7, 2013
The Salt

Plague Of Locusts Has Israelis Asking: Are They Kosher For Passover?

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 2:54 pm

An Israeli cook displays locusts at a restaurant in Jerusalem, at a 2010 event promoting locusts as a tasty kosher treat.
Olivier Fitoussi AP

A swarm of locusts that has devastated crops in Egypt made its way into neighboring Israel this week. And with Passover just around the corner, many news outlets couldn't resist noting the shades of the biblical tale of Exodus, when the insects were one of 10 plagues that descended upon Pharaoh and his people.

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10:31am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Salt

Startup Wants To Redefine How Local Foods Get To Your Door

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:13 pm

Employees of Good Eggs deliver produce, meat and other local foods from producers in the Bay Area of California.
Courtesy of Good Eggs

Rising consumer demand for local foods has changed the job description for ranchers like Doniga Markegard.

Markegard, co-owner of Markegard Family Grass-Fed in San Gregorio, Calif., loves working with cattle, but she's not fond of the hours of phone calls and emails it can take to sell directly to a customer.

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