The deliciously fishy case of The Codfather

The fake Russians met the Codfather on June 3, 2015, at an inconspicuous warehouse on South Front Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Codfather’s lair is a green and white building with a peaked roof, fishing gear strewn across a fenced-in backyard, and the words “Carlos Seafood” stamped above the door. The distant gray line… » Read More

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Heart of Agave

This story won “Best Writing on Beer, Wine or Spirits” from AFJ. The Suburban surged and swerved, rattling across potholes and rocketing over heaves in the sun-scorched asphalt. At the wheel, Adolfo Murillo smiled with pride. “This road we’re on here,” he said, “for years and years and years was never paved.” Going back to… » Read More

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Want To Find Out Where Your Fruit Was Grown? Good Luck.

On May 6, 2014, as I read through the morning’s incoming email, a Food Safety Alert from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing a “voluntary recall of mangos due to possible health risk” from the bacteria Listeria caught my eye. This grabbed my attention because at the time, a handsome sunset-hued mango, purchased several days… » Read More

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Are Stores Making Bank Off Food Stamps?

How much of Walmart’s revenue comes from its shoppers’ food stamps? The store isn’t required to say. But a January Court of Appeals ruling could change that. If the unanimous decision by the Eighth Circuit’s panel of three judges holds, the United States Department of Agriculture will be required to release data indicating exactly how… » Read More

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CHARTS: The Hidden Benefits of Food Stamps

In September, just two days after a Census Bureau report showed that food stamps helped keep 4 million Americans out of poverty last year, the US House of Representatives approved a $39 billion cut to the program (known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) over the next decade. More on this story Read more of our reporting on nutrition… » Read More

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