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Seattle Food Forest
4:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Edible Public Forest Takes Root In Seattle

Tom Banse. Volunteers put down burlap sacks to kill grass and weeds at the fledgling Beacon Food Forest.

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 5:56 pm

Over the past year, volunteers in Seattle have been clearing grass next to a city park and planting all manner of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and vegetables.

It's a social experiment, where the eventual bounty from this public "food forest " will be open for anyone to forage. But can respect and sharing triumph over hunger and greed in the edible arboretum?

Planting favorites

There's something so compelling about the idea that it attracts as many as 100 volunteers at a time to scheduled work parties.

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GMOs
6:40 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Labeling Of GMO Foods Has Different Implications For Food Producers

The Washington state initiative that calls for labeling genetically modified foods will impact food producers in the state and those that sell here. Some feel it will cost them more, others see it as a chance to expand their market.

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NWPR Books
2:11 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Wandering Appetites: Hunting The Elusive Noodle

Jennifer Lin-Liu is a chef at Black Sesame Kitchen, her restaurant and cooking school in Beijing. She is also the author of Serve the People.
Lucy Cavender Courtesy Riverhead Books

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:24 pm

On the Noodle Road is one attempt to answer an old chestnut: Did Marco Polo really bring noodles from China to Italy? If not, where did they really come from? Or — to put it another way — from what point along the storied byways of the Silk Road did that humble paste of flour and water first spring into its multifarious existence?

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NWPR Books
11:44 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Food In Science Fiction: In The Future, We Will All Eat Lasers

Ex-chef Jason Sheehan fears a robotic future without the humanity of food.
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Near the beginning of the Road Warrior there is a scene in which Mel Gibson's character eats dog food.

It is a perfect moment, a beautiful moment, a completely defining moment — a pause in the post-apocalyptic action where the writers gave us everything we needed to know about Gibson's Max Rockatansky in one, long, wordless scene. And it was a moment that — watching the movie at likely far too young an age on some long-gone Saturday night at the drive-in — messed me up for life.

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Tue July 9, 2013

What's Eating Her? A Writer Meditates On Food And Loneliness

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These days, it's often noted that food has displaced art, sport and even sex as the literary mind's propulsive muse. The single cookie that launched poor Proust on his interior odyssey feels shockingly modest compared with the vast smorgasbord today's writers seem almost compelled to revel in.

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NWPR Books
11:56 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Gourmands Through The Ages: 'A History Of Food In 100 Recipes'

Detail from a painting found on the walls of a 4,000-year-old tomb in Luxor, Egypt, that depicts bread making.
Werner Forman Archive

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:58 am

Think our current culture has become food-obsessed? Take a look at this wall painting from ancient Egypt.

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GM Wheat
4:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

USDA Says GM Wheat In Oregon Appears To Be 'Isolated Incident'

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 4:14 pm

The US Department of Agriculture says stalks of genetically modified wheat found in a field in Oregon look to be an isolated incident. In an announcement Friday the agency says its own tests confirm the suspect wheat carries modified genes designed by agribusiness giant Monsanto.

Northwest farmers appear relieved that the government is calling the discovery of genetically modified wheat “a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm.”

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Wheat Investigation
5:57 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Inspectors Take Wheat Seed Samples From Wash. Distributors

Federal inspectors have taken seed samples from a distributor in Walla Walla, Wash., as part of their investigation to find out how genetically modified wheat wound up in an Oregon field. That’s according to a news report published by the Capital Press.

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GMO Wheat
5:27 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

How GMO Crops Could Affect Weeds

Jointed goatgrass is a weed that mingles with wheat in fields across the Northwest.
Credit Matt Lavin / Wikimedia Commons

After unauthorized, genetically modified wheat was found in an Oregon field, scientists have been trying to figure out what that means for wheat crops. Beyond farmers’ fields, a few pesky plants could also benefit as more genetically modified crops come into play.

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GMO Wheat
3:31 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Monsanto: Oregon GMO Wheat Isolated, Not Widespread

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Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 4:34 pm

Agribusiness giant Monsanto says genetically modified wheat found in Oregon could be the result of an accident rather than a widespread planting of the controversial seed. In a call Wednesday morning with reporters, the St. Louis-based company says its provided its specific tests to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in the investigation.

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