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Market | Aeon
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Food and drink

From set-up to close, a day at the farmers market is a whirlwind sensory feast

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Wrought | Aeon
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Biology

Dazzling timelapse shows how microbes spoil our food – and sometimes enrich it

22 minutes

Freedom from liquor | Aeon
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History

Freedom from liquor

Ken Burns’s account of prohibition tells a popular story of booze in America. The historical record is far more sobering

Mark Lawrence Schrad

Can we create the perfect farm? | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Producing food while restoring the planet – a glimpse of farming in the future

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Breakfast with the Panthers | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Breakfast with the Panthers

It wasn’t all young men and guns: the Black Panther Party’s programs fed more hungry kids than the state of California

Suzanne Cope

A fairly fed world | Aeon
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Poverty and development

A fairly fed world

Last year, 200 million children did not get enough to eat, yet it would be cheap and easy for the world to feed them all

Sharman Apt Russell

We must not own animals | Aeon
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Ethics

We must not own animals

We will never truly advance our ethical relationship with other animals until we stop treating them as chattels for use

Gary L Francione

The king of fish and chips | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Meet Haddon Salt – the would-have-been Colonel Sanders of fish and chips

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Why you should eat meat | Aeon
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Ethics

Why you should eat meat

Not eating animals is wrong. If you care about animals, then the right thing to do is breed them, kill them and eat them

Nick Zangwill

The chocolate route | Aeon
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Food and drink

The chocolate route

The humble cocoa bean’s journey from its Amerindian origins to worldwide dominance is a lesson in the power of trade

Irene Fattacciu

The food wars | Aeon
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Food and drink

The food wars

Vitamins or whole foods; high-fat or low-fat; sugar or sweetener. Will we ever get a clear idea about what we should eat?

Amos Zeeberg

Don’t farm bugs | Aeon
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Bioethics

Don’t farm bugs

Insect farming bakes, boils and shreds animals by the trillion. It’s immoral, risky and won’t resolve the climate crisis

Jeff Sebo & Jason Schukraft

Spoils: extraordinary harvest | Aeon
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Subcultures

Dented cans, ugly fruit – it’s all tasty (and free) if you’re willing to get your hands dirty

21 minutes

Drunks and democrats | Aeon
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Food and drink

Drunks and democrats

Violent, lively and brash, taverns were everywhere in early colonial America, embodying both its tumult and its promise

Vaughn Scribner

Sandorkraut | Aeon
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Food and drink

Making sauerkraut is a spiritual matter for the ‘fermentation fetishist’ Sandor Katz

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Acadiana | Aeon
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Anthropology

The uncanny allure of the annual Cajun crawfish festival in Louisiana

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Zea | Aeon
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Chemistry

Dramatic close-ups capture something percolating and exploding – but what is it?

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Tea and capitalism | Aeon
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Economic history

Tea and capitalism

The China tea trade was a paradox: a global, intensified industry without the usual spectacle of factories and technology

Andrew Liu

The ‘organic child’ ideal holds mothers to an impossible standard | Aeon
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Food and drink

The ‘organic child’ ideal holds mothers to an impossible standard

Kate Cairns, Norah MacKendrick & Josée Johnston

Vive le tour: refuelling | Aeon
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Sports and games

Grab bags, café raids and booze – how Tour de France cyclists refuelled in the 1960s

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Despite their dangers, pro-anorexia forums have much to teach us | Aeon
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Illness and disease

Despite their dangers, pro-anorexia forums have much to teach us

Tom Wooldridge

Homo gluttonous | Aeon
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Food and drink

Homo gluttonous

Humans have evolved with little resistance to abundant, easy food. Will we gorge ourselves and our planet to death?

Louise Fabiani

The story of government cheese | Aeon
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Economic history

Before ‘government cheese’ was a punchline, it was an experimental economic plan

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American bull | Aeon
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Animals and humans

American bull

The story of American beef is like the story of the nation as a whole: a mashup of history and myth, bloody and contested

Joshua Specht