Part 1 of 4 in "Hunger in the Valley of Plenty," a series by KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Listen to the radio series on The California Report Thursday and Friday and watch the full special Friday on KQED 9. Full schedule. By Sasha Khokha Video: Hungry in Raisin City.
This Halloween millions of children across the US will hit the streets looking to score some treats and maybe, if they’re ambitious, give their neighbors a fright. But perhaps more frightening is the story behind many of candy they collect.
Izumo, Japan, spent last weekend celebrating its famous traditional soba noodle. It can be difficult to make the noodles here in the US: Good buckwheat is hard to find, even though it was once very popular in America. California-based soba expert Sonoko Sakai called all over the country before finally locating good buckwheat right here in Washington state!
On the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday, the living remember the dead. Some believe they are communing with the deceased. While it may sound morbid, Pati Jinich, a Mexican-born blogger, food show personality and author of Pati's Mexican Table, says it's a joyous occasion.
"People get ready to welcome people — those who have deceased and that presumably have license to visit just once a year," Jinich told All Things Considered host Melissa Block.
Seventy percent of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain genetically engineered ingredients like soy, corn, and sugar. Even at PCC, considered a beacon of organic products, is not entirely GMO-free.
If voters here approve Initiative 522, a measure to require producers to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, Washington will join two other states that recently enacted similar laws.
In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That’s why food producers have a big interest in Washington’s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.
Washington could become the first state to require mandatory GMO labels if voters approve Initiative 522. But some voters are still confused about the role GMOs play in our food system and in the environment. The Record's Steve Scher gets the facts from Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton.
Nathan Myhrvold was the former chief technology officer at Microsoft when he took a leave to attend culinary school in France.
Now the CEO of Intellectual Ventures, a Bellevue company that buys and licenses patents, Myhrvold has taken food to a new level: photographing lentils under a microscope, shooting gelatin and eggs and blending wine, which he says takes the edge off a young wine.
On Monday, the USDA issued a warning for salmonella contamination in packaged Foster Farms chicken. Nearly 300 illnesses in 17 states have been reported.
Today, the USDA is threatening to close the three Foster Farms facilities linked to the outbreak. This latest outbreak is just one of the many contamination stories we hear about each year.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that every year, roughly one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illness. How can you protect yourself? Marcie Sillman talks with Scott Meschke, microbiologist and professor Health Sciences at University of Washington.
Are you ready to take the burdock root challenge? Burdock root is a high source of a complex starch that gives us the energy we need to get through the winter. Registered dietitian Mary Purdy says it is a prime example of the sort of food we should be intruding into our diet during the darkening days of fall and winter.
As we bundle up and spend more time inside we might be tempted to turn to pumpkin lattes and bonbons, but that isn’t the best way to tackle our diminished energy. Purdy is the host of the podcast Nutrition Nuggets; she says there are better ways then caffeine and sugar to keep your energy up during the fall and winter months.
Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:09 pm
It’s the hottest issue on Washington’s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on Initiative 522.