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Executive producer and narrator chef Anthony Bourdain attends the premiere of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste in New York City. Brent N. Clarke/Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP hide caption

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A trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., wouldn't be complete without a visit to Zingerman's. A new cookbook shares some no-nonsense recipes that seem like they're just an oven-preheat away from appearing warm and fresh in your kitchen. Brittany Greeson/Getty Images hide caption

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Acheson recommends looking for simple slow cookers with heavy insert pans. Brittany Lynne/Flickr hide caption

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'The Chef And The Slow Cooker': An Old Technology That's Newly Relevant

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Brent Henderson harvests soybeans on his farm near Weona, Ark. "If it's going to be legal to use and neighbors are planting it, I'm going to have to plant [dicamba-tolerant soybeans] to protect myself," he says. "It's very annoying. ... My neighbor should not dictate what I do on my farm." Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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A barista at El Injerto coffee shop in Guatemala City pours water into a chemex. Guatemala has long been known for its coffee, but a culture of artisanal coffee has only recently taken root here. Anna-Catherine Brigida hide caption

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Archana Pidathala sorts through old recipes that belonged to her grandmother. "She never once complained or felt overwhelmed by the incredible amount of cooking she did for us," she says. Courtesy of Archana Pidathala hide caption

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Damage to soybean plants and other crops has led to arguments and strain between neighbors. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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A Wayward Weedkiller Divides Farm Communities, Harms Wildlife

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A cold, crisp glass of apple cider helps wash down those deliciously oily donuts, still hot from the fryer. D. Sharon Pruitt Pink Sherbet/Getty Images hide caption

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Migrant Justice activists gather to celebrate the signing of an agreement with Ben & Jerry's that took two years to negotiate. Kathleen Masterson/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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Jeff England, director of the Trinity County Food Bank, delivers items in remote Zenia, Calif. The closest large grocery store is 100 miles away. Lisa Morehouse hide caption

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A bottle of Misadventure Vodka, which is made out of disregarded baked goods like cake and bread. The southern California distillery reduces food waste while also creating premium vodka. Courtesy of Misadventure Vodka hide caption

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Sour beer has allowed microbiologists an opportunity to find new microbes with applications that could extend beyond simply beer. Matt Bochman, Indiana University hide caption

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