| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:16 AM
If you believe obesity is a serious health risk in the United States and sugary drinks are a major contributor to the problem -- and that's surely the prevailing nutritionists' view -- then a sugared beverage tax has to be on your radar screen.
| Feb 22, 2014
| 11:00 AM
HUSTONTOWN, Pa. — Jim Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent.
A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm — an...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 6:27 PM
An upscale Marin County meat purveyor is purchasing a troubled San Francisco Bay Area slaughterhouse at the center of a recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef.
In a transaction that signals rising demand for locally raised, grass-fed beef, Marin...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:36 AM
For decades, China’s rulers deemed grain production a linchpin to its national security. The policy of self-sufficiency was a legacy of its planned economy from the days of Mao when China was increasingly isolated from the outside world.
| Feb 12, 2014
Re "Subway to remove bread ingredient," Feb. 7
It is appalling what the Food and Drug Administration calls safe.
To my surprise I find that the FDA-approved chemical azodicarbonamide, considered to be "safely used" in food, is used in some Subway...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 1:00 PM
ARTOIS, Calif. — Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon.
This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 12:50 PM
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Friday in Sochi, where he intends to inspect the venues for the upcoming Winter Olympics, his spokesman said.
“In the coming days, the president will examine in detail all the [five] venues of the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 3:40 PM
Trans fat was the first man-made fat to become part of our food supply more than a century ago when a German scientist presented Procter & Gamble with ways to add hydrogen to cottonseed oil. Because the product looked like lard (though originally intended...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:23 PM
It’s not often that the so-called food cops have kind words for the fast-food industry, but there are a few of them in a new report on the offerings from restaurants such as McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell -- and how they are marketed to kids....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Nestle is attempting to cash in on the Super Bowl hype by launching an ad campaign for its new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups during the big game. "The Simpsons" fans will be sorry to hear that so far, Bart, Butterfinger's main mascot, doesn't make an...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:05 PM
No more GMOs in your Cheerios.
General Mills Inc. said it is no longer using genetically engineered ingredients to make its signature cereal.
The switch comes after a nearly yearlong campaign by a consumer activist group to pressure General Mills to...