California preps for soda tax showdown

Jul 11, 2014

California preps for soda tax showdown

If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don’t pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to ...

The long march of 'biofortified' GM foods

Jul 11, 2014

The long march of 'biofortified' GM foods

In 1992, a pair of scientists had a brain wave: How about inserting genes into rice that would boost its vitamin A content? By doing so, tens of millions of poor people who depend on rice as a staple could get a vital nutrient, ...

Jul 9, 2014

Man dies at U.S. hot dog eating contest

An Independence Day hot dog eating contest in South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death. Speed-eating competitions are popular over the Fourth of July weekend. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him ...

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Jul 8, 2014

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Porcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species. The diners of southern China have long had a reputation ...

Jul 2, 2014

Singapore eases import ban on Fukushima products

Singapore eased at the end of June its import ban on food from Fukushima Prefecture, home to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s disaster-crippled nuclear power plant, Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has said. The government of Singapore approved the restart of imports of food ...

Georgia wineries return to their roots

Jul 1, 2014

Georgia wineries return to their roots

In his wine shop hidden down a labyrinth of narrow streets in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi, Gela Danelia stares with rapture as sunlight refracts through a glass of his garnet-red produce. “I only produce some 8,000 bottles per year but what is ...

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Jun 28, 2014

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine. Astronauts of all nationalities — but especially the Italians — have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws high above ...

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

Jun 27, 2014

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

The waters off Hawaii’s largest island are home to half a million brightly colored tropical fish that are scooped up in nets each year and flown across the globe into aquariums from Berlin to Boston. Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Big Island ...

Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Jun 1, 2014

Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Wine and tea, though one is alcoholic and the other is not, are not remote relatives in their rituals and cultivation, according to a newly opened exhibition in Beijing. Both are symbols of conviviality and lifestyle, have been consumed for thousands of years and ...