Food News - Digest This!

Check out food news that has been hand picked by our editors from a wide range of news and media outlets. From chefs and restaurants to politics and technology, food news is everywhere. Some of it is directly related to BBQ, some indirectly.

For instance, most of the aluminum and tinplate steel used to make canned food and drinks is imported, and increased tariffs on imported aluminum cause food and drink prices to rise. Now you know why canned beer prices are going up. Find out what's going on in the wider world of food that may be affecting what you buy, cook, and eat today. You can read the full story for free on most of the sites linked to here, but occasionally a site will have a paywall.

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Ever had a basket of fruit that rotted before you ate it all? StixFresh is a new food technology that harnesses the power of fruit's natural chemical defenses to extend the fruit's useful life. It's a disarmingly simple sticker applied to fruit that could help you enjoy your fruit before it goes bad. read more
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Microwave ovens are some of the easiest tools to use for cooking. Or are they? Sometimes they can be quite the challenge and lead to spectacular food fails. Here are some hilarious microwave oven fails from people all over the world via Twitter. read more
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American farmers are adjusting to new climate conditions. Rising temperatures and earlier growing seasons have brought more invasive pests and erratic weather patterns, making the agriculture business a bigger gamble. The new climate conditions aren't all bad, though. Some warm weather crops are thriving. read more
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Wisconsin, "America's Dairyland," has suffered from declining milk prices over the past 5 five years, forcing many farmers to reduce business operations or close altogether. In 2018, Wisconsin lost 638 dairy farmers, and this year, 212 dairy farms have already closed. Due to lower demand, milk prices continue to drop. read more
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BBQ criticism sometimes goes astray in search of the "best." Pitting pork against beef and pitmaster vs. pitmaster from wildly different regions of the country is just wrongheaded. Award-winning pitmaster Carey Bringle from Peg Leg Porker in Nashville weighs in with some wise words: "BBQ should bring people together." read more
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Philadelphia is the country's first city to outlaw cashless restaurants. The new legislation goes in effect this July. Those in favor of cashless restaurants say it promotes fast transactions and reduces robberies. Those against say it marginalizes low-income and young customers who don't use credit or debit cards. read more
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Operation Barbecue Relief (OBR) is a nonprofit organization of competition BBQ enthusiasts who feed communities affected by natural disasters. OBR just took home the top prize at this year's Houston Rodeo World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, beating out 250 other teams from around the world. Get all the juicy details. read more
popcorn koji
Chefs are using koji, a type of fungus, to create the savory flavors of dry aged steaks in as little as 2 days. Mechanical engineer Rich Shih has been experimenting with koji (Aspergillus oryzae) for years. When applied to beef, the fungus tenderizes meat and improves its flavor quickly. Find out all about it here. read more
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Lab grown meat. Plant based meats. Can these products be called meat? The U.S. Agriculture Department has yet to weigh in on fair and accurate food labeling for meat alternatives that have already flooded the marketplace. Click here to read more. read more
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The USDA, FDA, and EPA announced a new interagency strategy to educate food consumers and businesses about reducing food waste. As the U.S. population grows, increasing food waste has become a serious challenge. The new federal strategy tackles it through partnerships and new technologies. read more

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