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Why America Can’t Escape the Cycle of Hunger

"The longtime Portland, Oregon-based anti-hunger activist Andy Fisher tells a different story in his new book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups. Fisher, a founder of the National Food Security Coalition, writes that food banks and other anti-hunger organizations (as well as federal programs) are far too cozy with big corporations. He describes the result as “toxic charity” that has barely moved the needle on American food insecurity in more than 30 years."

Video: The Best Junk-Food Fire Starters

"Any really good hunting or fishing trip should involve a campfire—and will involve junk food. But did you know that you can start a fire with your favorite snack? Fritos, for some reason, seem to be the best-known food fire starter, but, in fact, most greasy, salty muchies make excellent and often-handy tinder. All you have to do to start a righteous blaze is sacrifice a few morsels, light them up, and step back.
But which snacks torch up best? To find out, I set fire to pretty much all of the classics—Pringles, Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, Munchos, pork rinds, chips, and more. And though you can definitely get a flame from any of them, nothing gets the fire ring rocking like a bag of... Well, watch the video."

Williamsburg Welcomes 24-Karat Gold Doughnut with Cristal Jelly

A gold-flake covered doughnut? I can think of a person in Washington DC who would probably think this delicious.

"Now, Mr. DelaCruz is introducing his most original dish ever, with the Manila Social Club’s Golden Cristal Ube Donut, filled with ube mousse, decorated with Cristal frosting and covered in 24-karat gold. Since Mr. DelaCrus posted a photo on Instagram, New Yorkers have been debating the doughnut."

Fungal Pesticides Offer A Growing Alternative To Traditional Chemicals

"Pesticides based on fungi are just one example of biopesticides, a group that also includes bacteria and biochemicals derived from plants.

Biopesticides are a tiny segment of the market for now – but their use is projected to grow at a faster rate than traditional synthetic pesticides over the next few years.

The growth of the organic produce industry is one factor giving biopesticides a boost. So, too, are regulatory hurdles, says Sara Olson, a senior analyst at Lux Research."

How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

"We hear a lot about U.S. companies laying off workers and shipping jobs overseas.

So, amid the global pressures to downsize, how do you hang onto your workforce?

We went looking for answers in Chelsea, Mich., home to a family owned manufacturer that's managed to thrive over four generations, since the company's founding in 1907.

The Chelsea Milling Co. is better known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes. You know the ones. They come in those signature little blue and white boxes: mixes for muffins, cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, brownies and more."

Photos: This 1950s Drive-In Used Conveyor Belts To Serve Food: LAist

With minimum wage going up in our state, this is the future. All restaurants will be drive up, without waitresses or workers. Or maybe not. After all, the future happened around 1950, as we all know.

"A customer would drive up to a window-high bin, mounted on rails, containing glasses of water, menu, pencil, and pad. He or she would then fill out the order, push a button, and send the bin scooting back to the kitchen, which lay at the center of the circular structure. While the order was being prepared, the bin would be sent back with the bill. After the bin was returned with payment, the food and change would be sent back down the rails, with no need to tip a waitress."