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Politics of the Plate: Xtreme Eating

The season for competitive consumption is underway—but why sign up for an eating contest when you can scarf several days’ worth of calories in just one meal at your local chain restaurant?...
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Space Farming Comes Down to Earth

Faced with budget cuts, NASA plant researchers are turning their attention to this planet—and they could be shaping the future of agriculture.
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Slideshow: Space Food Through the Years

From freeze-dried powders to freshly picked greens, dining in orbit has come a long way.
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The Gourmet Q + A: David Kessler

Author and former FDA commissioner David Kessler discusses the need for a nationwide eating-education campaign; why adults are addicted to baby food; and more.
travel + culture

Travel Smart: To Go Or Not To Go

When there’s a crisis, do you have to cancel your plans? Gourmet’s travel editor weighs in.
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Politics of the Plate: An Apple a Day

Just make sure it’s an organic apple, if you want to keep the oncologist and cardiologist away.
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Politics of the Plate: Ground Zero for Swine Flu

Recent reports indicate that the emerging epidemic could be linked to unsanitary conditions at a factory hog farm.
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Tension Builds Between Organic Dairy Farmers And Processors

The kumbaya era is over: Organic agriculture is now large enough to face some of the same systemic problems that conventional agriculture struggles with every day.
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Politics of the Plate: Nothing’s the Matter with Kansas

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has shown that if she’s confirmed at a top FDA post, she’ll likely push for the interests of ordinary citizens—not Big Food....
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Politics of the Plate: What’s the Matter with Kansas?

If the governor doesn’t take action by Thursday, the state will enact a law that could keep consumers in the dark about what’s in their milk.