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Black Truffles: The Other Magic Mushroom?

Black Truffles: The Other Magic Mushroom?

Just one try and some become addicted. They're smuggled through airports and often counterfeited. According to a recent study, there may be one more way black truffles are similar to drugs...

January 20, 2015 — Layla Eplett
The First Supper

The First Supper

Last Christmas, we looked at why most celebrate the birth of Jesus with foods more closely associated with Bethlehem, Pennsylvania than the Bethlehem Jesus was born in.

December 22, 2014 — Layla Eplett

The Sound (And Taste) Of Music

It's said that a person can have good taste in music but what about the taste of music? What would it taste like? Experimental psychologist Charles Spence and researchers at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford may be able to provide some insight...

December 9, 2014 — Layla Eplett
Putting a Band Aid On It: Famine, Ebola, And The Impact Of Song

Putting a Band Aid On It: Famine, Ebola, And The Impact Of Song

Thirty years ago, Bob Geldof and Band Aid recorded the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for famine relief in Ethiopia. Last week, a new version of the song was released, this time in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa...

November 24, 2014 — Layla Eplett

Why Marijuana Gives People the Munchies

For consumers of cannabis, passing the kouchie can often lead to the inability to pass up any munchies. A recent study conducted by a team of neuroscientists and led by Edgar Soria-Gómez and Giovanni Marsicano may shed some light on the marijuana-munchies connection...

October 22, 2014 — Layla Eplett

Does Fair Trade Farming Give Workers a Fair Share?

Although Fairtrade products have become popular with consumers who want to make ethical purchases, a recent study about Fairtrade by the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) suggests the most marginalized Fairtrade farm workers may not be benefiting from their sales...

September 25, 2014 — Layla Eplett
Forbidden Fruit: What’s Up With Durian?!

Forbidden Fruit: What’s Up With Durian?!

Banned from some fancy hotels, offensive to many–durian just might be the Ozzy Osbourne of the fruit world. Grown primarily throughout southeast Asia, it's said to be the king of fruits...

July 23, 2014 — Layla Eplett

Does Fasting During Ramadan Affect Athletic Performance?

Two significant religious events (although one has yet to officially be declared one) commenced over the past weekend–in addition to the second round of the World Cup starting, Ramadan, the Islamic holy month observed by fasting, also began...

July 3, 2014 — Layla Eplett
Where The Wild Things Are Growing (Part 2)

Where The Wild Things Are Growing (Part 2)

Let the wild rumpus begin! Last week, Melissa Poe offered five tips on urban foraging–small measures that incorporate wild foods into diets in ways that are realistic and sustainable...

June 10, 2014 — Layla Eplett

Where The Wild Things Are Growing (Part 1)

With its popularity growing in urban areas, foraging for wild foods has started to look more Portlandia than primitive. The practice hasn't always been viewed favorably; many prominent thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes viewed it as brutish, a sentiment later echoed in colonialist discourses...

June 3, 2014 — Layla Eplett

Food Security and the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The relationship between HIV/AIDS and food security is incredibly complex. For this guest post, I invited two experts on this issue to share their knowledge, insight, and experience.

April 22, 2014 — Layla Eplett
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