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Vegetarian Trout
7:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Farmed Trout Go Vegetarian (Sort Of), Taste Virtually The Same

Alternative feeds resulted in slightly different colors and textures in trout fillets.
Credit Tom Banse

The search is on for a cost-effective alternative fish food. And we don't mean the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavor. What we're talking about is the pellets fed to farmed fish. A key ingredient in commercial feed is other fish caught in the wild. Northwest trout farmers - and some salmon growers - recognize that practice is unsustainable. But trout are carnivores. They can't just become vegetarians, or can they? Correspondent Tom Banse joined a taste test to see if seafood consumers can tell any difference.

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Genetically Modified Potatoes
5:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Idaho Company Seeks To Introduce Genetically Engineered Potato

Simplot Plant Sciences

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:11 pm

One of the country's leading suppliers of french fries is asking the federal government to approve genetically modified potatoes. The USDA announced the move Friday by the J.R. Simplot Company of Idaho. It would be the only genetically engineered potato on the market.

Simplot has branded them Innate potatoes. The company figured out how to use existing potato DNA to design a spud that’s less prone to dark spots. It also produces less acrylamide when cooked. Acrylamide is a neurotoxin found in many foods. Studies on animals have indicated it may also cause cancer.

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Organic Food
5:21 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

What Do Antibiotics Have To Do With Organic Apples, Pears?

Apples and pears can be certified as organic, even if they’re treated with antibiotics to prevent disease.
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Not all organic food is created equally. Unlike beef or chicken, apples and pears can be certified as organic, even if they’re treated with antibiotics to prevent disease. Food safety groups are meeting this week in Portland to petition against the practice.

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Food Safety
5:32 am
Thu March 28, 2013

A Long Road To Food Safety

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public. The new rules were triggered by a series of foodborne illness outbreaks. Twenty years ago Seattle was at the epicenter of one of the earliest and most notorious. Hundreds of people got sick from eating contaminated burgers. Ruby de Luna has this story of one family’s experience.

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Fish Labeling
7:32 am
Fri February 22, 2013

New Report Shows Fish Mislabeling Nationwide

Fish served in restaurants nationwide may not be what it appears, according to a new report.
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That nice piece of fish you might order at a restaurant or pick up from the grocery store may not actually be the type of fish you think it is. In fact, 1/3 of the seafood sold in restaurants, grocery stores and sushi bars may be mislabeled. That’s according to a new report released by an environmental group that advocates for ocean health.

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GMO Labeling Debate
7:11 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Washington Senate Panel Hears Debate On GMO Labeling

A Washington State Senate Committee heard testimony last week regarding the state initiative that calls for labeling genetically modified foods. Steve Jackson has more.

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Truffle Dogs
6:36 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Local Dogs Earn Their Keep Sniffing Out Truffles

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 7:36 am

TURNER, Ore. - When a dog finds its first truffle -- the fungus, not the chocolate candy -- the sound you hear will most likely be the voice of a very excited dog handler.

And you might be as excited as Mia MacCollin of Bend if your pet showed an aptitude to find buried treasure. And treasure it is. The native Oregon white truffle can fetch several hundred dollars per pound at retail.

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Labeling Seafood
5:21 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Authorities Seek Tougher Penalties For False Labeling Of Fish

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 11:49 am


OLYMPIA, Wash. - When you order that special filet at a restaurant or store, you're often going on trust that the fish actually is what the menu or label says it is. In Washington, two state agencies are asking for tougher penalties to deter seafood fraud.


Investigators for Consumer Reports recently found more than one-fifth of the fish they submitted for DNA identification was mislabeled at the point of sale.


Washington Fish and Wildlife police deputy chief Mike Cenci says the penalties for false labeling need to be stronger.

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GMO Labeling
5:02 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

I-522 Backers Say Washington Should Label Genetically Modified Foods

Supporters of a legislative initiative that would require companies to label products containing genetically-modified foods have turned in their signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia. The grassroots campaign says it has about 100,000 more than required for certification.

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Author Interviews
1:34 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Shake It Up! Vintage Cocktails Are Ripe For Revival

American bartender Harry Craddock mixes a drink at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1926. Craddock is known for helping to popularize the Corpse Reviver, one of the drinks featured in historian Lesley Blume's book about vintage cocktail culture.
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It's the holiday season and for some people that means celebrating with friends, family and cocktails. But instead of settling for the standard martini or Manhattan, author and historian Lesley Blume suggests you reach for a taste of bygone cocktail culture.

In Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition, Blume outlines more than 100 lesser-known oldies that are both delicious and delightful. She joins NPR's David Greene to discuss cocktail history and how to make vintage recipes part of a modern-day party.

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