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College Speaking Fees Gone Wrong: Rutgers Paid Snooki More Than Toni Morrison

The school paid the Jersey Shore reality star $32,000 for a Q&A with students. Toni Morrison is only getting $30,000 to speak at commencement.

Is the Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi worth more than a Nobel Prize winner? The Rutgers University Programming Association certainly thinks so. They paid the reality star $32,000 for a Thursday night Q&A with 1,000 students. Meanwhile, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author and professor Toni Morrison will receive only $30,000 for speaking at the school's commencement on May 15. (This is not, by the way, an April Fools' Day joke.)

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Costco Agrees to Sell Sustainable Seafood: Victory, Paradox, or Both?

Costco has finally updated a sustainable seafood policy. It's a really big deal, but it poses some equally big questions.

Seafood is big business at Costco. The company is the largest retail-sector purchaser of seafood in North America, and sold an astonishing $500 million's worth globally in 2006, the last year for which figures were available.

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Salt Crystals, Stevia, and the SunChips Bag: An Interview with PepsiCo's Derek Yach

PepsiCo's Derek Yach discusses how his company is redesigning food at the molecular and the agricultural scale—and why.

As the debate on the pros and cons of public investment in food design R&D draws to a close over at the Glass House Conversation website, I have been continuing to ask experts and eaters from a range of backgrounds to share their opinions about what food design can and should do.

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