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  • Controversial Taco Bell Commercial Two Men Getting Married - Gay Marriage

    12/27/2014 10:10:59 AM PST · by Baynative · 121 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/26/14 | Dan Heder
    I'll let the commercial speak for itself.
  • The Economists Who Studied All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

    12/27/2014 7:00:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 27, 2014 | Bourree Lam
    When I was a kid, the paradox of choice didn't occur to me. I wasn't yet overwhelmed by the "tyranny" of too many options, nor stressed with decision making if more options were presented to me. That might be why I fell in love with buffets. Not only were they reserved for special family occasions (like the holidays or a birthday)—I could eat chicken nuggets beside slices of cantaloupe, or mac and cheese beside jello salad. Buffets are now big businesses, particularly in Las Vegas. The buffets in Vegas are no longer the dollar bargains they once were in the...
  • VIDEO: Look Out Seattle! Chinese Restaurant Replaces Human Waiters With Robots – Coming Soon!

    12/26/2014 5:08:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    http://viral.buzz ^ | december 4, 2014 | bill chandler
    Robots have replaced human workers in a restaurant in China. Lu Dike, Owner of a family restaurant in the  northeast China provence of Zhejiang said he is opting to save on employee wages by foregoing traditional servers and using robots instead. Sound familiar? Besides the savings Lu has experienced, the robots have become an enormous tourist attraction. The automated bots take orders and speak to customers with their forty phrase Mandarin Chinese vocabulary. Each bot navigates the restaurant by sensing magnetic strips in the floor and using optical sensing systems that keeps them from running into walls or people.
  • Pizza shop closed after customer films RATS tucking into cheesy treats (Russia)

    12/24/2014 12:18:12 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | december 22, 2014 | sophia rahman
    A takeaway has been closed by police after a would-be customer filmed a three hungry, huge rats chowing down on pizzas at the shop. Disgusted Evgeny Ivanov, 26, had gone to the fast-food outlet at a bus station in Nizhny Novogorad, Russia, when he spotted the helping themselves to the pizzas. Police confirmed they had ordered the outlet to be closed and the food destroyed.
  • Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair

    12/22/2014 12:15:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair video (don't know when this 1st aired)
  • Booze calculator: What's your drinking nationality?

    12/20/2014 5:45:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 95 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 18, 2014
    In the month of December alcohol consumption increases as many people celebrate the festive season. But how does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world? Find out below if you are similar to a boozy Belarusian or a teetotal Kuwaiti.
  • Why Peanut Butter Is Awesome and Amazing

    12/20/2014 3:18:41 PM PST · by PROCON · 152 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Arlene Becker Zarmi
    One of my husband ‘s favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and a pickle on rye. Elvis Presley liked his peanut butter sandwiches with banana and bacon, and Hemingway liked thick onion slices in his. Ninety-four percent of American households have a jar on hand. The stuff lasts forever, so in a nuclear war situation you can always rely on it for sustenance. It can be stored safely unrefrigerated for two years. I, on the other hand, have a love/hate relationship with it, and if I do ever eat it, I do so in the traditional manner, as a solo spread...
  • 5 dead in 10-state listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

    12/19/2014 5:11:13 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, federal health officials said today.. A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Eleven of the cases are in the Midwest: five in Missouri, four in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin.
  • Could ibuprofen be an anti-aging medicine? .... extends lifespan in yeast, worms and flies

    12/19/2014 11:00:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 12-18-2014 | Provided by Buck Institute for Age Research
    Full Title: Could ibuprofen be an anti-aging medicine? Popular over-the counter drug extends lifespan in yeast, worms and flies Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the keys to a longer healthier life, according to a study by researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Publishing in PLoS Genetics on December 18th, scientists showed that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies. "There is a lot to be excited about," said Brian Kennedy, PhD, CEO of the Buck Institute, who said treatments, given at doses comparable...
  • Anthropologists: Ancient man was an opportunist, not a paleo dieter

    12/19/2014 8:55:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Brooks Hays
    ATLANTA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A new survey by anthropologists calls into question the scientific and historical justification for the paleo diet. Early man, they say, was an opportunist, not a nutritionist or dieter. By now, most people have heard of the paleo diet. The popular diet is named for the Paleolithic Age, the expansive period of prehistory characterized by so-called cavemen and primitive stone tools. Its followers forgo grains and processed foods in favor of meat, fish and vegetables. Its emphasis on protein and whole foods isn't without merit, but its genesis is based on the idea that humans...
  • Hellmann’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

    12/18/2014 4:22:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 6:52 PM EST
    Hellmann’s mayonnaise maker Unilever says that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of “Just Mayo.” […] Unilever argued that “Just Mayo” has no eggs and therefore doesn’t meet the definition of mayonnaise. Unilever had said that the word mayo implies that the product is mayonnaise, and that Just Mayo was stealing market share from Hellmann’s. …
  • Does anyone use a rice dispenser ? (VANITY)

    12/15/2014 12:25:37 PM PST · by knarf · 95 replies
    self | December 15, 2014 | knarf
    We eat a lot of rice and I've decided a rice dispenser would be a nice present for Christmas
  • Capitol Notebook: Is there a right to spear a fish?

    12/14/2014 5:17:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    aberdeennews.com ^ | 1:24 am, Sat Dec 13, 2014.
    FORT PIERRE — An argument about equal rights took place a few days ago during the meeting of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. ... And more specifically, equal rights in the opportunity to take fish, whether by spear, arrow or hook. Or, as commissioner Paul Dennert of Columbia put it, spears and arrows have been around much longer than motor boats and electronic depth-finders. It’s an interesting, fundamental question.
  • Jack FM turkey 'cook or save' vote slammed by Brian May [Queen guitarist]

    12/14/2014 8:59:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | unattributed
    A radio station that asked listeners to vote on whether two turkeys should be killed has been criticised by animal lovers - including Queen guitarist Dr Brian May. And the RSPCA has urged Jack FM to rethink the online vote on whether the turkeys should be cooked or kept alive. The RSPCA said it opposed any practice with the "potential to cause animals pain... in the name of entertainment". Currently, 62% of people have voted to save the turkeys, named Sage and Onion. The Oxfordshire station said if listeners voted to kill the pair in the "cook it or keep...
  • Obama's Daughters Enjoy Gourmet Lunches at Posh School

    Obama's Daughters Enjoy Gourmet Lunches at Posh School 11 Dec 2014 By James Morrisson While many public school students complain about lunchtime mush that meets White House calorie guidelines, President Barack Obama's daughters are dining on gourmet meals at a posh private school in Washington. School kids have been moaning about tasteless fare local governments adopt to comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s war on the waistline and posting photos of the mystery meals online. The Sidwell Friends School, the $36,000-a-year private academy attended by Malia and Sasha Obama, also posts its menus on the Internet. Editor's Note: Seniors Scoop...
  • Actor Who Played Jethro On ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Suing CBS Over BBQ Restaurant

    12/11/2014 5:06:12 PM PST · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    Consumerist ^ | December 11, 2014
    Not everyone has a name like “Jethro,” so it only makes sense that the guy who played Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies would want to cash in on such a famous moniker. That’s why he’s ticked off right now at CBS, claiming the network breached a contract he had with it by allowing an Iowa restaurant chain to use the Jethro name and character. Actor Max Baer Jr. played Jethro on the show about a family of hill dwellers who struck it rich and moved out to Califor-ni-a, and snagged a deal with CBS in 1991 allowing him to...
  • VANITY: Christmas Cooking!

    12/11/2014 4:15:03 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 59 replies
    During my years of lurking, I always enjoyed the Thanksgiving Cooking thread; but I missed most of it this year. I've got a ? for the Freepers who like to cook and entertain: What do you take to an office party, where the only warm-up options are microwave and sterno-steam-tray? My crew favors my chicken and dumplings, which work out very well warmed up in a crock pot. But I've done it for years, and it's a little labor-intensive for me this year. I want to do something different, and my other best dishes are 'crusty' things - chicken pot...
  • McDonald's is bringing touchscreen ordering to the US

    12/09/2014 5:36:08 PM PST · by outofsalt · 108 replies
    Engadget via MSN ^ | 12/9/14 | Daniel Cooper
    It turns out that people aren't eating as many McHamburgers as they used to, which is a big problem if your business is all about slinging meat. So McDonald's is hoping the novelty of its "Create Your Taste" ordering kiosks will lure some customers back in. The machines will be installed in 2,000 of its US outlets by the end of 2015.
  • Harvard Business School Professor Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

    12/09/2014 4:00:37 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 97 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 12/9/14 | Hilary Sargent
    <p>Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit.</p> <p>Ran Duan manages The Baldwin Bar, located inside the Woburn location of Sichuan Garden, a Chinese restaurant founded by his parents. Last week, Edelman ordered what he thought was $53.35 worth of Chinese food from Sichuan Garden’s Brookline Village location.</p>
  • Tim Hortons CEO gets million dollar bonus after Burger King deal

    12/09/2014 3:51:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 8, 2014 6:15pm EST | Solarina Ho
    Tim Hortons Inc’s chief executive will get a C$1 million ($871,460) bonus following the C$12.64 billion takeover deal by Burger King Worldwide, the Canadian coffee and donut chain said in a regulatory filing on Monday. […] The company said the discretionary bonus for Chief Executive Officer Marc Caira was awarded due to a substantially increased workload as a result of the merger deal and strong quarterly results that beat market expectations. …
  • Holiday Impossible (Robert Irvine Goes To Double H Camp)

    12/08/2014 10:39:02 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Food Network ^ | 12/08/2014 | Food Network Channel
    Robert Irvine takes on his biggest challenge yet! He's headed to the Double H Ranch, a 320-acre camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York for kids with serious or life-threatening illnesses, where, in just three days, he will makeover the single largest space he's ever done. It's an enormous undertaking, but, for these kids, Robert's willing to take on the impossible! (
  • 38 Clever Christmas Food Hacks That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

    12/07/2014 1:33:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | december 4, 2012 | peggy wang
    Christmas doesn’t have to be the most stressful holiday of the year. You’re totally allowed to take shortcuts, especially if you’re playing host. 1. Decorate upside-down waffle cones to make Christmas tree desserts. 2. Make “Elf Cookies” using Cheerios
  • 'Prisoners eat better food': Students hit back at Michelle Obama's school....

    12/06/2014 4:18:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    mail online ^ | 6 December 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    FULL TITLE: 'Prisoners eat better food': Students hit back at Michelle Obama's school lunch program with pictures of woeful servings School lunches have never been known for being appetizing — but these ones are particularly disgusting. Students across America are taking it to social media to demonstrate against the school meal rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. They're using the sarcastic hashtag 'ThanksMichelleObama' and posting pictures of piles of mushy lunches, unreasonably small portions and the kind of fare that has some students saying even 'prisoners eat better food.' Scroll down for video
  • Virginia brewery taps 300-year-old beer recipe

    12/05/2014 7:35:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | December 4, 2014 | Michael Felderbaum
    What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Randolph family. Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond recently brewed "Jane's Percimon Beer" unearthed from the book in the Virginia Historical Society's collections from the 1700s that contains food, medicinal remedies and beer recipes. The formula for the Colonial-era concoction is one of thousands of alcoholic recipes in the society's collection that provide a glimpse into what Virginians and others were drinking in the 18th century and other points...
  • Chef at ritzy eatery served the worst meat to Asians: suit

    12/02/2014 1:00:56 PM PST · by dennisw · 55 replies
    /nypost.com/ ^ | December 1, 2014 | By Selim Algar
    The chef at a three-Michelin-star eatery in Brooklyn dictated that lesser pieces of meat be given to Asian customers and Upper West Siders, César Ramirez of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare — which charges a flat $255 per person plus a $50 “service charge” each — was blatant about his biases, according to the suit filed by some of his former sous chefs and servers. He openly prohibited Asian customers from being placed too close to him , routinely referring to them as “s----t people,” To distribute cuts of meat during the fusion French-Asian meal service, Asians — along with...
  • Hershey exploring removal of corn syrup (HFCS)

    12/02/2014 11:45:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 2:21 PM EST | Candice Choi
    Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a mix of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products but that it is “moving more toward sugar.” “We take into account what consumers want. And consumers are telling us between the two, they prefer sugar,” Papa said. Moving toward sugar would make Hershey a high-profile example of the move away from high-fructose corn syrup in the food industry. …
  • Video Shows San Francisco Restaurant Worker Tenderizing Meat On Sidewalk [Chinese]

    12/02/2014 10:07:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | December 1, 2014 11:01 PM | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A viral video shot outside a San Francisco restaurant may have people thinking twice about eating out. The video shot outside Lucky River, a Chinese restaurant in the city’s Sunnyside neighborhood appears to show a worker slamming slabs of frozen meat on the sidewalk. KPIX showed the video to residents near the restaurant. “That’s horrible,” said Steve Vender. “The sidewalks have never been cleaned,” said London Lacey. As to why anyone would be pounding the sidewalk with frozen slabs of meat, an inspector from the San Francisco Health Department paid a visit to Lucky River...
  • Ram shot and killed after attempted Thanksgiving day doorbuster

    12/01/2014 12:09:32 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 54 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 01, 2014 | Ben Freed
    A Whitmore Lake family had to grab life by the horns on Thanksgiving when a ram nearly forced its way into their home. Shortly after finishing Thanksgiving dinner with his family, Mike Richards went to take his dog for a walk when a movement caught his eye. As he exited his garage, he saw a large ram grazing on the grass in front of his house. "I ran back inside and I said to my wife, 'Paula, you'll never guess what's in the front yard,' " he said. "We both went outside, the dog was still outside, and as soon...
  • Union, Prosecutor Team to Push Papa John’s to Pay More

    12/01/2014 6:29:47 AM PST · by massmike · 28 replies
    http://dailysignal.com/ ^ | 12/01/2014 | Kevin Mooney
    A union operative generously praised New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman when he announced he was taking a Papa John’s pizza franchisee to court on behalf of workers who claim they were underpaid. The state attorney general, like the unions, called it “wage theft.” The thing is, the union official knew about the government’s lawsuit before the pizza franchise did. “Fast-food workers all across the city and country are organizing for higher pay and union rights,” said Kendall Fells, organizing director for Fast Food Forward, a group dedicated to increasing wages and benefits for fast-food workers. Fells added: "This suit...
  • ISIS Training Manual for Women ... How to Cook Pancakes for Your Jihadi Husband

    11/30/2014 11:46:48 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    news.com.au ^ | NOVEMBER 30, 2014 | news.com.au
    The world’s deadliest terror group issues a pancake recipe THE IS agency for women, has launched a ‘cookbook’, explaining how to keep jihadists happy and fulfilled by making pancakes after a day of fighting. The agency known as Al-Zawra that “prepares sisters for the battlefield for jihadists” has been dubbed a “finishing school” for young women hoping to wed militants. In a step-by-step guide, published by Al-Zawra, the recipe calls for one egg, four tablespoons of sugar, one tablespoon of oil, 4 tablespoons of salt, one cup of milk and one cup of flour. This follows the first recipe released...
  • 10 things the beer industry won’t tell you

    11/29/2014 12:34:36 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 11-29-14 | PRIYA ANAND
    Would you pass the test to become a certified beer server? Here’s a sample quiz, courtesy of the Cicerone Certification Program. 1. English hops are often associated with which flavor attributes? Oaky, vanilla Herbal, earthy Citrus, resiny Flowery, perfumey
  • Paul di Luccas big plan for McDonald's inside Churches.

    11/28/2014 9:02:56 PM PST · by lee martell · 34 replies
    Nov. 28, 14 | Lee Martell
    Let me know if this has already been talked about. I looked, but saw no prior discussion. There is a small social group of small business owners considering a most unorthodox proposal, that being to build a small McDonald's restaurant inside of existing churches. The theory being that this would help to increase church attendance, resulting in a net gain for both the participating house of worship and the locally held franchise. I truly thought this was nothing but an overwrought, ill conceived joke written by some bored agnostic, but now I'm not so sure. It is so off the...
  • Ted Nugent posts pics of massive buck kill: ‘Glory Hallelujah!’

    11/28/2014 11:19:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Iconic rocker-turned-conservative pundit Ted Nugent took to Facebook to share his version of a perfect Thanksgiving: a photo of a massive buck he brought down with a bow and arrow. His accompanying text, next to the photo of the multi-point antler kill: “OH LORDY LORDY GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH! Happy ThanXgiving every damn day in the mystical deer grounds of America ya all! The beast is dead long live the mighty beast!”
  • Marauding pig and its woman owner forced off US Airway flight

    11/27/2014 10:36:39 PM PST · by dennisw · 74 replies
    dailymail ^ | 27 November 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A woman was forced to leave a plane because passengers were being disrupted by her travelling companion - a pot-bellied pig. The unidentified individual boarded the US Airways flight to Connecticut with the animal on Wednesday. She took the creature, said to weigh up to 70 pounds, to her seat and then attached it to her armrest - but when it became disruptive flight attendants asked her to leave the plane. Jonathan Skolnik, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst told ABC News today he thought the woman was carrying a duffel bag and headed straight for the empty...
  • Six types of pie on Obamas' dinner menu

    11/27/2014 12:59:25 PM PST · by what's up · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/14 | Kyle Balluck
    Six types of pie are also listed on the menu, including banana cream, coconut cream, pumpkin, apple, pecan and cherry.
  • What's in Your Oven

    11/27/2014 7:04:30 AM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 13 replies
    11/27/2014 | VRWC
    A turkey walks into a bar with a pig under his arm...
  • Vegans and Vegetarians Celebrate Tofurky's 20th Thanksgiving: Senator Cory Booker Talks Tofu

    11/27/2014 5:34:23 AM PST · by sergeantdave · 21 replies
    As Thanksgiving Day approaches, vegans and vegetarians have just one request. Please don’t call it Turkey Day. Instead, hungry eaters on plant-based diets are advocating the consumption of fake bird options, such as Tofurky.
  • Vanity: To brine or not to brine, that is the question . . .

    11/26/2014 4:22:11 PM PST · by goodwithagun · 100 replies
    The world is on fire right now, so let's talk about the important stuff. Not Fergadishu, not Ben Gazi (who is that guy anyway?), not Punkin' Thighs' presidential aspirations. I'm talkin' turkey! Do you brine, do you butter under the skin, do you fry? Please tell us your method and why you chose it. Happy Thanksgiving to the best folks on the inner webs!
  • Spatchcock your Thanksgiving turkey and cut the cooking time in half

    11/26/2014 1:51:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 54 replies
    pennlive ^ | 11-21-14 | Sue Gleiter
    Spatchcocking a turkey is a beautiful way to cook the Thanksgiving Day centerpiece. While you won't end up with a traditional round turkey served on a platter, the method of spatchcocking will give you an evenly brown roasted turkey that will be the envy of all of your dinner guests. What is spatchcocking? Much like butterflying, spatchcocking involves cutting the turkey - basically removing the backbone - so it lays flat.
  • Haters Call Pumpkin Spice Craze an Epidemic

    11/26/2014 9:37:38 AM PST · by cyclotic · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/26/2014 | Ilan Brat
    It used to be easy for people like Kristen D’Amico, who can’t stand the taste of pumpkin pie. She merely had to say no to a slice of it on Thanksgiving Day. Not anymore. A rising tide of products flavored with pumpkin pie spice has flooded grocery store shelves and restaurant menus, and not just near her home in Deltona, Fla. Friends tease the 34-year-old stay-at-home mother with gleeful photos and text messages about pumpkin lattes, coffee creamers and pies. Relatives mock her, she says, at Thanksgiving dinner for shunning pumpkin in all its forms. The pumpkin craze “really is...
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

    11/24/2014 10:01:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Counting your calories will become easier under new government rules requiring chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores—and even movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines—to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration plans to announce the long-delayed rules on Tuesday. The regulations will apply to businesses with 20 or more locations and they will be given until November 2015 to comply. The idea is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, hot dog at a gas station or large popcorn at the movie theater if...
  • New chief of WH cupcakes, pastries

    11/23/2014 11:29:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | November 21, 2014 | Lesley Clark
    The White House announced Friday that Susan E. “Susie” Morrison will serve as the next White House Executive Pastry Chef. Morrison is the seventh person and first woman to serve in the role and begins “just in time to spearhead the always highly anticipated Holiday Gingerbread House,” the White House said. The position was most recently held by William Yosses, who departed earlier this year to create the “Kitchen Garden Laboratory,” a wellness through cooking advocacy group.
  • Insects: The food of the future ( The UN wants us to eat bugs)

    11/23/2014 10:11:53 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 53 replies
    universitypost.dk ^ | 15/5-13 | universitypost.dk
    Bugs reduce pollution, increase nutrition, and should seriously be considered as a food source: This is according to a UN report with University of Copenhagen contribitions by Victor Yakimov What is nutritious, delicious, and has six legs? If we could collectively get over our disgust at the six legged critters, insects could become a staple of the human diet, along with fish, and other kinds of meat, a new UN report argues. The Food and Agriculture organisation FAO hailed members of the insect world as an under-utilised resource, in the report which was released this Monday. By 2050, world population...
  • Norway to grow food crops in space

    11/22/2014 8:52:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    thelocal.no ^ | 21 Nov 2014 10:33 GMT+01:00
    The research team has not yet decided what plants they will try and grow, but are looking at tomatoes, lettuce and soybeans. The Trondheim research unit has been trying to grow plants in space since 2006. Under the Norwegian research team's guidance, plant growing experiments were carried out at the International Space Station (ISS). The research focused on the flowering weed, Arabidopsis thaliana. ... "One of the big challenges is to administer exactly the right amount of water and nutrients to the plants in such little gravity,” said Kittang Jost to Science Nordic. Researchers from the MELISSA space program believe...
  • 'All About That Baste' parody video goes viral for Thanksgiving

    11/22/2014 3:37:54 PM PST · by goodwithagun · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2014
    Can dear old dad handle Thanksgiving meal prep all by himself? According to the Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., --made famous last year for dancing around in the Christmas jammies --not quite.
  • Students post gross school lunch pictures using #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag

    11/21/2014 5:54:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 21, 2014
    Let’s face it: school lunches are not exactly culinary masterpieces. But some fed-up students have been sharing some down-right disgusting-looking meals using the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama on social media. It’s not a new thing. These posts have been around when school started up in August. But as students get ready for the year’s biggest food holiday, the trend is picking up steam. …
  • Consumer Trends: Synthesizing food

    11/20/2014 8:53:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 19, 2014 | Suzanne B. Bopp
    In a way, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not really news anymore, since farmers have had access to that technology for a couple of decades already. So what is the new frontier in food production? The latest step in genetic engineering — at least as it pertains to our food system — is called synthetic biology, which applies the principles of engineering to the fundamental components of biology. Instead of mixing one engineered gene into an existing organism (which is what happens with most of today’s GMOs), these scientists are creating large clusters of genes synthetically. They can essentially design...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Food poisoning, 'hopeless' lack of regulation cited at NYC's street carts

    11/19/2014 6:00:10 AM PST · by dennisw · 37 replies
    nydailynews ^ | November 17, 2014 | Nolan Hicks , Larry Mcshane
    EXCLUSIVE: Food poisoning, 'hopeless' lack of regulation cited at NYC's street carts The city’s 311 line received 359 calls of food poisoning or unsanitary conditions at street carts and trucks in three years — including tainted food, workers without gloves, roaches on carts and other stomach-churning complaints. Critics say the vendors operate under a lack of oversight. Funky fruit. Icky ice cream. Putrid pretzels. Toxic tacos. Those are among hundreds of complaints made by nauseous New York street diners who pulled their heads from the toilet long enough to dial the city’s 311 line. More than half of the 359...
  • 18 Treats To Try Before The World Runs Out Of Chocolate

    11/18/2014 8:55:11 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 16 replies
    Play Buzz via Yahoo.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Staff
    1. A giant chocolate cupcake topped with whoppers. 2. This multi-layered chocolate on chocolate beauty. 3. The wonder that is this frozen chocolate pudding cake. 4. Chocolate doughnuts smothered in delectable chocolate glaze (and sprinkles!).
  • The world’s biggest chocolate-maker says we’re running out of chocolate

    11/17/2014 10:38:15 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 93 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2014 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous scenario if it doesn't stop. Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut. And there's some data to back them up. Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also...