New food rules: How healthy?

New food rules: How healthy?

What are the safety fundamentals of the giant American food system? What do the new rules say? Who will (and maybe should) escape More »

The science of cheese

The science of cheese

Cheesemaking is older than Homer’s Odyssey, but questions remain. Which bacteria make the best cheese? Must low-fat cheese taste like More »

Mock meat: Fit for grilling?

Mock meat: Fit for grilling?

Soy protein: It may look like meat. Could meat be grown, cell by cell, in lab dishes. Could in vitro meat solve health and More »

Farming, Native American style

Farming, Native American style

Native agriculture could be a sophisticated response to a challenging environment. What were the secrets of permaculture, companion More »

Feeding 7+ billion

Feeding 7+ billion

The green revolution fed billions, but population keeps rising, water is short and the climate is changing. How will Africans feed More »

Coffee: Drink of the gods?

Coffee: Drink of the gods?

Teenagers listen up! Caffeine not just a mood-booster: Coffee’s complex chemistry could help with memory, illness, but in moderation! More »

In praise of the lowly apple

In praise of the lowly apple

Among foodies, apples lack the “healthy-tasty” cachet of acai berries or pomegranates. But in a year-long study, apples produced major More »

Farming in the city

Farming in the city

Urban farms are sprouting in the most unlikely places. Advocates say they help with nutrition, obesity and job training. More »

Pollinator crisis ahead

Pollinator crisis ahead
Pollinators are under threat from diseases and pesticides. They aren’t finding enough to eat. Their colonies are dying. What can we do? More »

Fruitfly’s food choice

Fruitfly's food choice
Fruit flies have a signaling pathway that helps them choose protein or carbohydrate, depending on the situation. The switch, which is More »

Brewing: Doing what comes naturally

Brewing: Doing what comes naturally

People have been controlling fermentation for at least 9,000 years. What did the ancients brew? How did fermenting change society? More »