5@5 - Selecting sustainable fish for Earth Day
April 19th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Seafood lovers are between a rockfish and a hard place: More than 80% of the world’s fisheries are being harvested at capacity or are in decline.

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, what can consumers do to make sure their seafood choices aren’t further depleting the oceans?

Chef Takao Iinuma brings a ray of light to the matter. Iiunuma is the executive chef at Genji Sushi, the purveyors of sushi and Japanese cuisine to Whole Foods Markets.

Selecting Sustainable Fish Options for Earth Month: Takao Iinuma
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Starbucks customers bugged, company nixes insect dye
April 19th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Want some crushed bugs with your Starbucks frappuccino?

Well, you'd better get on it, because soon it will be too late. The coffee franchise announced that it's phasing out the use of insects as food coloring in its drinks and food products.

Starbucks President Cliff Burrows wrote, in a Thursday blog, that Starbucks is "transitioning" away from the use of an insect called the cochineal.
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iReport: Grow it and show it
April 19th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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There are lots of reasons to grow your own food. It’s cheaper, safer, healthier, better for the environment, and even reduces stress.

So this year, we challenge you to grow one thing for your dinner table: Herb, vegetable, fruit … just one thing that you cultivate yourself.

Whether you're using a rooftop, countertop, or community garden, if you're blessed with full sun or none, we invite you to join the iReport kitchen garden club - and chronicle your successes and foibles through photos and video.

We'll all learn together.

Let's get started! See the garden assignment on iReport.
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Box lunch: Communal tables and meatball vows
April 19th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Communal tables question whether we really love thy neighbor. - New York Post


  • You've never sausage a sight! Dead Dog serves its wieners out of a coffin. - Mercury News



  • A new batch of studies question whether the link between food deserts and obesity really exists. - New York Times


  • While most couples end up bickering over linens in IKEA, one Maryland couple celebrated holy matrimony with the store's signature Swedish meatballs. - WJLA
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'The cow is our mother' – India's beef boom at odds with Hindu tradition
April 19th, 2012
10:30 AM ET
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When 33-year-old Ashoo Mongia visits the supermarket it's rarely for stocking up his fridge for the week. As head of a cow protection enforcement team, he regularly scours Delhi grocery stores and outdoor markets for food products containing cow beef.

For the last 15 years, Mongia and his team of 120 Delhi-based volunteers have thrown themselves in a battle that pits India's billon-dollar meat industry and growing underground beef trade against Hindu traditionalists keen on preserving the holy status of cows.
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