Nitrogen presents a paradox–we need it to live, and yet too much of it creates problem. Nitrogen pollution, mainly from agriculture, fouls waterways and degrades air quality. That’s why researchers have created a tool to help consumers understand the impact of their dietary choices on their nitrogen footprint. Learn more in my story for NPR’s … More Sizing up our nitrogen footprint
Have you ever noticed how long winter squash keep? Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside their colorful shells during storage? The answer is a lot. Squash continue to ripen even after they’ve been picked. The trick is figuring out when each kind of squash reaches peak eating quality. Check out my story for … More Save your winter squash (at least for a while)
Feeding the world usually comes with a hefty environmental price tag and a big climate impact. But now, researchers have identified a few basic agricultural practices that could transform wheat from a source of greenhouse gases into a sink, and improve grain yields. That means growing more food may actually help fight climate change. Learn … More Good news about growing wheat
The kerfuffle over wood-aged cheese erupted when a blogger intercepted a communication between an FDA official and the New York Department of Agriculture regarding the safety of wood shelves used for storing cheese. The internet expressed collective outrage at the prospect of banning this culinary tradition, even though the FDA denied it has any plans to … More The good, the bad, and the stinky
During my PhD, I lived in Denmark, where my landlord taught me to make a deliciously simple currant dessert: rødgrød med fløde. My account of its origins (and its pronunciation) was published in BlogHer’s eBook, called Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us.