February 5th, 2014
11:45 AM ET
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The concepts of eating ethically and watching where our food comes from have become hot topics in the food world.

CNN’s forthcoming Freedom Project documentary examines the cocoa industry and the work undertaken to combat exploitation of workers throughout the journey from “bean to chocolate bar,” shining a light on the often challenging issue of eating ethically.

Broadly speaking, eating ethically can cover anything from vegetarianism to eating only local produce and boycotting foodstuffs and products which are considered wasteful or exploitative - for many it’s a personal choice.
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August 28th, 2013
10:45 PM ET
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On the last Wednesday of every August, the population of Buñol, Spain swells from its usual population of 9,000 people to 40,000-50,000 tourists who descend upon the small town with one goal in mind: pelting their fellow man with as many tomatoes as humanly possible.

39-year-old iReporter Jose Miguel Fernandez de Velasco captured the messy action at La Tomatina Festival on Wednesday, first from a town hall window, then down on street level.
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July 9th, 2013
02:15 PM ET
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While staying in the beach town of Mombasa, Kenya, iReporter Brian Oh biked approximately 15 miles through the countryside to reach this village, where he was offered a traditional Kenyan lunch. He says he was intoxicated by "the fresh smell of soil everywhere and the sweetness of mango and banana on the air. It was serene and almost primeval." After eating the meal with his bare hands, he left the family with $11 equivalent in Kenyan shillings and biked back to his hotel in Mombasa. – jccarp, CNN iReport producer

Oh told iReport:

On a bike ride through the countryside along the coast in Mombasa, Kenya, I had lunch at a local village consisting of a freshly butchered chicken, sukuma wiki (greens prepared with onions and tomatoes), boiled potatoes and plantains, and ugali (corn maize cake).

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June 25th, 2013
12:15 AM ET
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iReporter Patrick Tull of Lumberton, New Jersey, responded to the controversy over Paula Deen's use of racially-charged language with the video above.
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iReport: Defending Paula Deen
June 24th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
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CNN iReporter Bobby Lee Whitaker of Decatur, Georgia, responded to the controversy over Paula Deen's use of racially-charged language, saying:

“During a legal deposition, you are required to tell the truth as per the question asked. For someone to admit the truth, she is penalized by having her contract terminated. I am Black and have been for 70 years; if a Black man held me up with a gun, I probably would have called him or referred to him in some stronger language."

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Assignment: Your best travel dish
March 19th, 2013
01:00 PM ET
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World-renowned chef, best-selling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain is the host of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," CNN's new showcase for coverage of food and travel. The series is shot entirely on location. "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m. ET

For renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain, travel isn’t about taking a vacation or following a tour guide; it’s all about discovery. That’s exactly what he's doing on his new show "Parts Unknown," where he sets out to experience all the culture and cuisine the world has to offer.
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iReport: The Devil Dog is in the details
December 4th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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Hostess Brands - the maker of popular baked goods such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread - announced it is shutting down, blaming a strike by bakers opposed to a new contract.

As the 82-year-old company begins the liquidation process, analysts say that some of its most iconic brand names will likely live on, getting scooped up at auction and attached to products from other companies.

Or ... you can just make your own like these CNN iReporters!
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November 22nd, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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iReporter ace2012 says this "Twurkie" as he calls it, was his "contribution for this year" at Thanksgiving. For those wondering how it's put together, the Charlotte, North Carolina, resident posted information on Pinterest. The idea began when ace2012 started contemplating a future without Twinkies.

"On Nov. 16th, I ran out and bought a box of Twinkies when I heard they might be going out of business," he said.

"I thought they could become a collector's item. But, two days before Thanksgiving, I saw a picture of a cooked turkey and something clicked in my mind. I thought it was a very similar color to a Twinkie. I studied art and sculpture in college and I work in a creative field, so I'm always thinking creative thoughts."

The next question was to figure out how it's done.
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iReport Challenge: Bake a Twinkie, Wonder Bread or other Hostess treat at home
November 16th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Hostess Brands – the maker of popular baked goods such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread – announced it is asking a bankruptcy court for permission to shut down, blaming a strike by bakers opposed to a new contract.

This weekend, we'd like you to bake your own Hostess treat. Please send us a photo of your homemade creation along with the recipe. And of course, tell us how it tastes! (If you're not the baking type, tell us about your fondest memories of the iconic snacks.)
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