Whole Foods rolls out produce rankings

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," "better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

GMO labeling measure attracts big money in Oregon

By Associated Press October 14, 2014 8:39 p.m.

PORTLAND — An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money.

McDonald's invites icky questions about its food

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press October 13, 2014 4:48 p.m.

NEW YORK — McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.

Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop

By Associated Press October 12, 2014 5:28 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa— Pork prices hit record highs this summer as farmers weren't able to feed the demand — mostly because a virus had killed millions of their baby pigs.

Seeing Olive Garden via pasta pass

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press October 10, 2014 4:18 p.m.

NEW YORK — The "Never Ending Pasta Pass" card from Olive Garden not only promised weeks of unlimited pasta, but a look into why the chain is fighting to hold onto customers.

24 Washington growers win 'Cosmic' apple lottery

By ROSS COURTNEY, Yakima Herald-Republic October 9, 2014 6 a.m.

YAKIMA — Gary Cox plans to make hard cider from Cosmic Crisp, the new apple variety that Washington State University breeders pitch as near-perfect and uniquely homegrown in an industry crowded with new choices.

CASEE food science class gets cooking

By Susan Parrish October 8, 2014 10 a.m.

BRUSH PRAIRIE — Food science students at the Center for Agriculture, Science & Environmental Education harvested their quarter-acre cornfield Tuesday morning and piled the ears of corn into the bed of a pickup. Later they planned to shuck and cook the corn.

DNA linked to how much coffee you drink

By MALCOLM RITTER, Associated Press October 7, 2014 10:06 a.m.

NEW YORK — How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day?

Trick yourself into eating less

By Stephen S. Holden, Special to The Washington Post October 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Science has a simple and incredible trick that will help you lose weight. The idea, it seems, is to make portions appear bigger because this leads people to serve and eat less.

Healthy foods: Will students at Heritage High bite?  

By Susan Parrish October 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Heritage High School's marketing teacher, Shawn Perez, gave last-minute directions to her students as they prepared to celebrate Wednesday's grand opening of the new, improved menu in the student store, the Wolf Den Cafe. The healthier menu meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrition standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Cost-conscious firms sweet on peanut butter

By Leslie Patton, Bloomberg News October 1, 2014 6 a.m.

CHICAGO — Get ready to see peanut butter in a lot more places.

Study: Top drinkers down 10 per day

By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent.

Diabetes tied to long work hours, low pay

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Do you ever feel like your job is killing you? If you work long hours, your job might be giving you diabetes.

USDA: GMO wheat found in Montana

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press September 26, 2014 5:22 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday.

Foster Farms recalls frozen chicken breast strips

By Associated Press September 26, 2014 10:29 a.m.

FARMERVILLE, La. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.