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The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Everybody loves chocolate, but did you know that small daily doses of dark chocolate are good for your health? Read the story and watch the video to learn about the precision engineering and chemistry behind the beloved treat.

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Farmers' Markets Are Good for Communities…Right?

Farmers' Markets Are Good for Communities…Right?

A new project at the University of Wisconsin will help farmers' markets figure out how to meet the needs of their communities.

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5 Things Everyone Should Know About Washing Food

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Washing Food

Why washing your food is not always the best approach.

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Lessons from a Global Garden: Growing More Food with Less

Lessons from a Global Garden: Growing More Food with Less

Farmers and community gardeners from around the world gather in Mendocino, California to explore a method for growing more food on less land — that reduces the need for precious resources.

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Citizen Scientists Gather Data on Urban Bees

Citizen Scientists Gather Data on Urban Bees

Seattle gardeners are assisting University of Washington researchers by gathering data on pollination activity in community gardens.

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Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Find out why some residents of a drought-plagued state are welcoming a weed to their gardens—and their dinner plates.

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Outsourcing Your Compost: Soil Without The Stink

Outsourcing Your Compost: Soil Without The Stink

From Door to Spore: a reporter explores a new service that strives to make household composting easier.

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Science in Your Life: The Magic Microwave

Science in Your Life: The Magic Microwave

Why doesn’t a microwave heat my food like a regular oven?

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You Say Sweet Potato, I Say New World

You Say Sweet Potato, I Say New World

As you fill your grocery cart with food for Thanksgiving, pause for a minute and think about where that food came from. I don’t mean is it local or organic or hormone/pesticide /gluten-free—I mean is it Old World or New World? On what continent did that food evolve?

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Food Increases Gut Size By Stimulating Stem Cells And Insulin

Food Increases Gut Size By Stimulating Stem Cells And Insulin

Stem cells in the gut of Drosophila divide in response to food.

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Michael Pollan Says Health Insurance Interests May Be Our Best Chance In Political Food Fight

Michael Pollan Says Health Insurance Interests May Be Our Best Chance In Political Food Fight

With the passing of Obama’s Patient Protection Act and Affordable Care Act, insurance and government agencies can no longer neglect individuals with preventable, diet-related chronic diseases.

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Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

But the question remains, how do we make healthy eating cool?

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Prince Charles Delivers Landmark Speech, Says Sustainable Farming Can Feed The World

Prince Charles Delivers Landmark Speech, Says Sustainable Farming Can Feed The World

Prince Charles is a long-time supporter of organic and sustainable farming, but this speech took his advocacy a step further.

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DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

"Minuscule" amounts of iodine-131 was found in milk from Washington state.

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Producer's Notes: The Science Of Taste

Producer's Notes: The Science Of Taste

I love producing QUEST stories because there's so much I learn in the process. Who knew that 95 percent of what we think is taste is actually smell?

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The American Diet

The American Diet

I just finished reading Omnivore’s Dilemma. It mysteriously appeared on my desk a few months ago; someone who still is anonymous thought I should read it.

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Science Event Picks: The Low Carbon Diet, August 9 and 10

Science Event Picks: The Low Carbon Diet, August 9 and 10

Most Americans have room to cut their carbon *food*print by 25%. Not easily done, but luckily we have help in the Bay Area. Check out these 2 upcoming events.

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Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Join QUEST TV Associate Producer Jenny Oh for a taste of the latest chocolate science.

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From Snout to Tail

From Snout to Tail

On Thursday night, the Society of Agriculture and Food Ecology and Meatpaper Magazine co-hosted a panel discussion at UC Berkeley titled, "The Art of the Butcher". Using whole animals from local ranches was the topic of the night, and judging from the standing room only crowd, it's an area that the sustainable agriculture community is gravitating towards.

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Science Event Pick: Gobble, Gobble– Science for Foodies

Science Event Pick: Gobble, Gobble– Science for Foodies

Here in the Bay Area, we're known the world around as foodies, especially given the recent popularity of the Slow Food Festival. As we approach the biggest food holiday of the year, it's a great opportunity to think about the science behind all of these scrumptious meals.

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