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Dietary Supplements: Gold Dust, Pepperoni Potatoes, and the Cheese Police

Standing in alcohol won't get you drunk, and other important news, in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

We have been remiss in delivering your dietary supplements for the past couple of days: apologies. Today's is a bumper crop to make up for it!


The family that is trying to trademark the term "urban homesteading" has been accused of plagiarism.

Go ahead and end agricultural subsidies, but don't blame them for making unhealthy foods inexpensive.

What's behind the ongoing shakedown of raw milk cheese-makers? Culture magazine takes a look.

Read this poignant essay from bartender James Thornburg about losing a regular.

Subway overtakes McDonald's as the largest restaurant operation in the world by outlets, although the Golden Arches still leads on revenue.

Just in case you were wondering, a new Danish study finds that standing in alcohol won't get you drunk. But if you do try this at home, send us photos!

Forget no-fly zones: Supplying Libyan rebels with food aid could be a low-risk way for the United States to help topple Gaddafi.

Chickens have the capacity for empathy.

We list the total calories in food. Why not give consumers a better tool for counting their daily energy intake?

Declaring peace in the war on obesity: The Health At Every Size movement focuses on well-being, not weight control.

Are you hip to the Cheerwine cult yet? Sales of the North Carolina-based cherry soda have tripled since December.

The Pork Olympics: the full story on the origins of Cochon 555, featuring five heritage pigs, five top chefs, five winemakers, and a lot of homemade charcuterie.

"We're turning oranges into diamonds." New LED lighting allows retailers to save money and enhance the appearance of produce and meat.

New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter introduces legislation to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock farming.

The world welcomes two new potato varieties: the AmaRosa, designed for the "upscale potato market," looks like pepperoni when sliced; and the Sage Russet, whose long, flattened shape makes it perfect for French fries.

Phew. After digesting a list as nutrient-packed as that, we recommend National Geographic's gorgeous "Gold Dusters" slideshow, a collection of photographs by Mark W. Moffett that show just a handful of the 200,000 bugs and butterflies that form such an essential and overlooked part of the food chain.

Dietary Supplements is a daily round-up of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ.

Photo: Mark W. Moffett for National Geographic.

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Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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