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Politics of the Plate: Performance-Enhancing Drumsticks

A steroid used in raising chickens can cause athletes to register false positives on drug tests. So maybe A-Rod just needs to lay off the wings?
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Politics of the Plate: High-Mercury Corn Syrup

If you didn’t already avoid high-fructose corn syrup, here’s a good reason to start: Scientists have found mercury in the sweetener.
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The Kid’s Menu: How to Avoid Baby Formula

The world seems to start pushing formula on mothers at the moment of conception. But what if you just want your baby to drink breast milk?
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Politics of the Plate: A Side Order of PCBs

New research suggests that a ban on two powerful toxins has dramatically reduced chemical contamination in freshwater fish.
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Politics of the Plate: Fighting for Food Safety

Another case of Salmonella-tainted peanut butter, and a surprising new way to detect pathogens in food.
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2009 Food + Travel Predictions

Our editors and international correspondents predict what will be on our plates, in our cups, and on our agendas this year.
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Politics of the Plate: Are You a Pig? Or are You a Mouse?

America’s factory farms could soon begin producing a new hog breed that will have to answer, “neither,” or perhaps more accurately, “both.”
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Politics of the Plate: GM Birth Control?

A disturbing study suggests that a diet containing genetically engineered corn could have frightening effects on the odds of infertility.
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Politics of the Plate: Amber Waves of Antibodies

Thanks to the USDA, crops that have been genetically engineered to produce drugs and industrial chemicals may enter our food supply.
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Turmeric on the Brain

Unlike many supposed superfoods, turmeric can fight disease (in this case, Alzheimer’s) simply as part of an everyday diet—no supplements or extracts required.