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News round-up: Frankenfish, food courts, food crises and a freakishly large worm

Our tech writer at CBC.ca, Pete Nowak, talks with John Buchanan, director of research and development for AquaBounty, in a Q&A about the company's new breed of salmon that have been genetically engineered to grow faster. Buchanan addresses consumers' concerns about genetically modified foods, regulatory hurdles the company is trying to clear, and the state of biotech research.

  

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New Orleans: Where local food matters

Buying local is a popular trend that's grown across North America in recent years, but it has taken on special importance in the post-Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans.

 

In a recent trip to New Orleans for the fifth anniversary of Katrina, I spoke to celebrity chef John Besh about how the community came together in the wake of the storm.

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All the buzz

This spring, honeybees have been all the buzz, it seems, with a host of articles published and news features broadcast about urban hives and local honey as well as continued documentary reports about the troubling and mysterious colony collapse disorder. Heck, even one of my suburban friends suddenly decided to take an intro to beekeeping course.

So, when I got an invite to get up close and person with a few hundred honeybees, I happily accepted.

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McDonald's goes McMini

McDonald's invited me to a tasting of the McMini, their newest product last week. I never thought I'd see table service and real china in a McDonald's but that's how my samples were served to me, along with a cup of the chain's apple slices.
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Q&A: Lesley Kelly on the do's and don'ts of raising backyard chickens

Much has been written about the backyard chicken debate in recent weeks, with supporters and critics actively debating the pros and cons.

Readers weighed in on the debate in the comments section of a recent feature, we posted and discussed issues including cleanliness, noise and co-ops.

We raised some of these concerns with Lesley Kelly, author of The Little Chicken Book, in an email interview. Kelly moved to Toronto 10 years ago and raises chickens and ducks. She says she decided to raise backyard chickens in part because she wanted her daughter to know about from where her food comes. Kelly shares her tips on raising backyard chickens and also discusses some curious characteristics of chickens in the following interview.

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Chicken feet & culinary curiosity

By Andrea Chiu, CBC Radio Digital

When my parents first moved from Hong Kong to Canada in the late 1970s there were only a few restaurants and cafes offering Chinese food. Still, I grew up with a childhood rich with congee, dim sum and windows of hanging roasted animals -- faces and all.

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Seeing Julie & Julia

By Elizabeth Bridge, CBC Digital Archives

The imminent release of the movie Julie & Julia has renewed much interest in cookbook author, TV show host and bon vivant Julia Child, the woman who is credited with introducing Americans to French cooking in the 1960s.

Over at CBC's Digital Archives website, we dug up a 1991 radio interview with Child.

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Trash strike: Lessons learned

For months, I've been on a crusade to reduce my trash. But I was unprepared for the lesson I learned during Toronto's five-week garbage strike about my food waste habits. Here are some of the few ways I tackled the growing problem.

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Cleaning pantry

By Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca

Moving into a new home just before Christmas and deciding to take up the motto "live more on less" for 2009, I've vowed to put myself through an ongoing pantry challenge in an attempt to clear out the many jars, cans, boxes and packages of foodstuff I've been squirreling away.

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The return of the moveable feast

By Tara Kimura, CBCNews.ca

Britons are stocking up on scotch eggs and sausage rolls to stuff into their picnic baskets this year, according to a recent survey, reported by The Guardian.

According to the report, consumers in the U.K. are expected to spend a whopping £250 million ($435.9 million Cdn) on picnic items this year. Analysts attribute the rise of the humble picnic to an anticipated hot summer and the flat economy – which will likely force more people to take small day trips over far-flung, weeklong holidays.

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