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St. Louis on the Air
1:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Professor: Childhood Obesity Rates High, But No Longer Climbing

Northwestern University communications and psychology professor Ellen Wartella
Credit Courtesy Webster University

The Institute of Medicine first rang the alarm bells about childhood obesity in 2004, when a study found that obesity rates had more than doubled among children in the previous 30 years. At that time, they identified that about one-third of American children were either obese or overweight, and two-thirds of adults were obese or overweight. The question became why.

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Food and Restaurants
11:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Taste of St. Louis Prepares for 10th Year, As Some Lament Move From Downtown

Credit Provided by Taste of St. Louis

Taste of St. Louis begins today and closes Sunday. This year, the festival announced a change in location from downtown St. Louis to Chesterfield. The event’s relocation has been a hot-button issue for some St. Louis residents. Former school teacher  and lifelong Ferguson resident Jerry Benner, 70, believes the change redefined the event.

“It’s not taste St. Louis. It’s taste of Chesterfield,” Benner said.

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Festivals
9:50 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Metro St. Louisans Weigh In On Relocating Summer Events to Chesterfield

Credit (Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Bluesweek Festival and the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis are on the move, and people throughout the metro area have been quick to share their reactions.

Taste of St. Louis and Bluesweek left many regulars reeling after organizers announced that this year both will be held in Central Park and the Chesterfield amphitheater.

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Saint Louis Art Museum
4:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes Coming To St. Louis Art Museum Restaurant

Side view of St. Louis Art Museum's Panorama restaurant in the new East Wing
Credit Provided by the Art Museum

Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in the museum's Panorama restaurant.

The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.

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Food
11:31 am
Tue September 17, 2013

St. Louis Ranked Among Top Cities For Meaty Meals

A meaty serving of ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse in Midtown St. Louis.
(via Flickr/uberculture)

Meat eaters are flush with choices in St. Louis, we know.  But just how "meaty" is St. Louis among the top 100 most populous U.S. cities?

Real Estate blog Movoto has put together such a list and slots St. Louis among its Top 10.

We're solidly in the middle at number 5. The list used the following criteria:

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St. Louis on the Air
5:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Michael Pollan Takes To The Kitchen In ‘Cooked’

Michael Pollan
Fran Collin

UC Berkeley Journalism Professor Michael Pollan has devoted a good deal of his career to examining the food we eat in today’s society and the hazards of much of it.  Four of his books are New York Times Bestsellers and have received many other accolades: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.

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Economy
1:08 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Old North Grocery Co-Op In Need Of Volunteers For Store's Survival

The Old North Co-op carries a variety of food and dry goods from centrally located vendors. The grocery store is currently trying to figure out how to make their funds last.
Credit Erin Williams

After only two years of doing business in north St. Louis, the grocery store known as the Old North Grocery Co-Op may soon close down.

Store manager Jill Whitmann says re-vamping the co-op’s business model to rely primarily on volunteers will help shore up more funds before the end of May, when the budget will tighten.

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Agriculture
3:48 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Local Food May Feel Good, But It Doesn't Pay

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 4:54 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

These days, farmers markets are springing up all over the place, from small towns to big cities. Locally grown food is booming, as shoppers invest more time, money and thought into what they eat. But not all is well in the local food movement.

As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, many of the farmers who supply local markets are barely getting by.

ADAM ALLINGTON, BYLINE: It's a chilly March morning in Elsah, Illinois, near the banks of the Mississippi. But inside Amy Cloud's greenhouse it's toasty warm.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:42 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Food Insecurity Prevalent In St. Louis, Throughout The Country

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts a food drive
Flickr | USACEpublicaffairs | file photo

The number of people who do not have enough food in the United States is a serious problem.

Information from the United States Department of Agriculture in 2011 shows:

  • 50.1 million people in the United States live in food insecure households
  • 33.5 million are adults
  • 16.7 million are children
  • 14.9% of all U.S. households are food insecure

Host Don Marsh talked with guests about the food crisis nationally as well as locally.

His guests were:

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The Salt
1:35 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart claims that 11 percent of the produce in its stores now comes from local farms.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 7:21 am

When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter. Farris is a produce broker in Columbia, Mo., who has been buying for Wal-Mart from auctions and farms since the company began carrying fruits and vegetables in the early 1990s.

During the summer and fall, nearly everything Farris delivers is grown in Missouri. That's Wal-Mart's definition of "local" — produce grown and sold in the same state. In winter, it's a bit tougher to source locally.

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