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  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Is Goldman Sachs Responsible for World Food Crises? One Group Thinks So.

    The World Development Movement has accused Goldman Sachs of distorting the commodities market, leading to a potential worldwide food crises, a claim the Wall Street bank denies. The Daily Telegraph reports that Tim Jones, who wrote the accusatory report for the anti-poverty organization, explained, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Gnostics: Be Happy St. Louis, Even While We Ignore You

    ‚ÄčOf course it's a given that the Gnostics have the coolest-sounding name of any fringe group in the history of Christianity (though they just narrowly beat out the Albigensians). Back in the early, early days, around the second century CE, they did close readings of Jesus's teachings, looking for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.29

    A Colorado company recalls beef for possible E. coli contamination. (Reuters)Could eating farmed fish put you at risk for mad cow disease? (Reuters)An electronic "nose" can pinpoint a wine's origins down to the barrel. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Top o' the Morning Brew: Tuesday, 3.17

    The USDA's new Country of Origin Labeling (pr COOL) law goes into effect today. (MSNBC)Apparently, it's food-allergy-news week: A new study finds that black male children have the highest risk of food allergies. (U.S. News & World Report)Research suggests that eating mushrooms could reduce a wom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Maryville Church Shooting: The Mythical Bulletproof Bible

    While many people in these parts are still trying to make sense of the tragic shooting that happened yesterday at a church in Maryville, media around the world already have begun to play up the most sensational element of the story: that the Rev. Fred Winter, who was killed in the incident, used a B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.23

    Contaminated pig organ meat sickens dozens in China. (AP)Coincidentally, a California judge rules that pigs too weak to stand can be slaughtered for food. (San Jose Mercury-News)A new University of Michigan study finds a link between your risk for stroke and the number of fast-food restaurants in yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 2.19

    Pork mega-producer Smithfield Foods is cutting jobs, closing factories and losing stock value. (AP)Guilty pleas in a big food-safety and graft case involving California's tomato-processing industry. (San Francisco Chronicle)A new study suggests eating apples might fight breast cancer. (Daily Telegra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.30

    In today's news: a trade dispute over Roquefort, the food crisis in Zimbabwe and much more.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Llewellyn Is Dead

    No need to panic. It's no one related to Llewellyn's the popular local chain of Welsh pubs. (At least I hope not.)No, the deceased is Sir Dai Llewellyn, legendary British playboy and a dead ringer for Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island.From his amazing obit in the Daily Telegraph:"Sir Dai Ll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.2

    In today's news: guilty pleas in China's melamine scandal, a food crisis in the Gaza Strip and wine sales in the recession.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 12.1

    And Gut Check is back, stuffed nearly to bursting...with news. The FDA today releases a report on its efforts to overhaul its food-safety programs. (New York Times) Restaurants and grocery stores try to find new ways of reducing food waste in light of higher food costs. (Houston Chronicle) Using scr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 11.21

    Man, A-B's rough year continues. Bud Light is no longer the world's best-selling beer. Meet Snow. (Guardian) Going to the U.K.? Order your meat well-done. British meat inspectors vote to strike! (Guardian) Another death in an eating competition, albeit a decidedly amateur one. Amateur competition, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 11.6

    Record wheat and other cereal crops don't necessarily spell an end to the food crisis, the U.N. warns. (Reuters) Students at Rice University try to brew beer that can fight disease. (Houston Chronicle) A private-equity firm provides Whole Foods with a confidence-boosting investment. (New York Time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.16

    Niman Ranch founder Bill Niman begins again with pasture-raised goats. Very cool story. (New York Times) Some bottled waters contain the same pollutants as tap water, a new study finds. (Bloomberg) Do not read this story about a fish vendor in the U.K. while eating. (Daily Telegraph) - Joe the Pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.8

    A loophole in the new law requiring country-of-origin labeling for meat and other foods. (New York Times) Those within China's food-processing industry expect more scandals in the future. (USA Today) The story of a British man who really, really wanted to attend a German beer festival. (Daily Tele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9.30

    More companies drawn into China's tainted-milk scandal: Heinz, Unilever and Mars. (Daily Telegraph) A man challenges a friend to make and eat the spiciest homemade sauce -- and then dies. (The Times) The Frito Bandito strikes! Sort of. A tale of Fritos, nacho cheese and an unsympathetic clerk. (So ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008
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    September 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9.8

    The U.N.'s leading climate-change authority says we should eat less meat to combat global warming. (Daily Telegraph) Contaminated meat slicers are the likely source of Canada's fatal listeriosis outbreak. (Globe and Mail) Violence threatens the U.N.'s food aid in Darfur. (BBC News) - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 8.1

    The dire need for food aid in West Africa. (AP) A gourmet mystery: A man touring the world's Michelin-three-star restaurants vanishes after dessert (but before paying the bill) at El Bulli. And before you make the obvious observation about skipping out on the check: El Bulli was the 40th restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.8

    The G8 summit begins with world leaders expressing optimism about the world economy -- but calling for cuts to subsidies and tariffs that are driving up food costs. (AP) The G8 leaders must be optimistic about the economy: They enjoyed an 8-course dinner yesterday, sparking some controversy. (Daily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.11

    A government official in Myanmar claims that food shortages are not imminent weeks after the devastating cyclone Nargis. (AFP) Rising food costs force the World Food Program to abandon a breakfast program for kids in Cambodia. (USA Today) "The Minimalist" Mark Bittman offers practical tips on how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.9

    Cases of salmonella poisoning possibly linked to tomatoes have spread to 16 states. (USA Today) The director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization fingers another cause of the global food crisis: the obese. (Canwest News Service) The politicization of food aid in Zimbabwe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Pringles Can Inventor Dies...And Is Buried in a Pringles Can

    Via Jezebel, via my wife, comes news of the passing of Dr. Fredric J. Baur, who invented the distinctive Pringles can. He was cremated and buried in one of said cans. (Daily Telegraph) And now a video tribute: -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 4.7

    On this day, 75 years ago, beer and wine returned (officially) to America. In celebration, we're drinking a cold one right now.* (CNN) More warnings that rising food costs could lead to social disruption. (Daily Telegraph) In fact, riots over food costs have broken out in Haiti. (BBC News) A mach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 3.25 Are Michelin's restaurant guides outdated and inconsistent? Marco Pierre White and a few other well-known chefs say yes. (Daily Telegraph) Are cantaloupes from Honduras contaminated with salmonella? The country's president says no -- and then eats cantaloupe on national TV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.11 The European Union's food-safety authority says meat from cloned animals is safe. As we learned last week, the FDA is expected to approve the sale of cloned-animal meat and milk soon. (Daily Mail) Researchers warn that the sorbitol in sugar-free gum could make you ill. (Daily T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.2 And we're back, well larded against the winter chill by two weeks of feasting, drinking and not getting out of bed until noon. Happy New Year! The holiday break was surprisingly busy, local-news-wise. (And if you haven't seen it yet, read the previous post for the big local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 11/8

    Today we look at your health. (Not ours. Ours is screwed. But you can still save yourselves.) More pro-bacon backlash. Stop hatin' on bacon, fools. (Norwich Evening News) Those wacky kids at the Center for Science in the Public Interest are at it again. Here they offer eight ... More >>

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    November 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 11/5

    In case you missed this weekend's news: Cargill has recalled 1 million pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. (AP) Canada is having its own problems with E. coli contamination, which has led to tougher inspections of Canadian meat by the U.S. governme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 9/21

    Both the House and the Senate have now passed a bill expanding the FDA's powers. Though most of these new powers relate to drug safety, there are some provisions for food safety. (AP) Some of the greens in the recent E. coli outbreak in Dole salad mix came from the same ... More >>

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    December 6, 2006

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    February 26, 2003

    Spector of Death

    Is Phil Spector mad, a genius or a murder suspect with decades of preparation? Read our results!

  • Culture

    November 7, 2001

    Sound and Fury

    The fear of terrorism hits the heartland with the postponement of a visit by Salman Rushdie at Washington University

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