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A biomechanical model of producing an "f" sound with an overbite (left) compared with an edge-to-edge bite (right). Some linguists are arguing that the advent of softer food thousands of years ago led to changes in biting patterns and, eventually, to more frequent use of sounds like "f" and "v" in human languages. Scott Moisik hide caption

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Last year, the author set about reducing her reliance on single-use disposables in the kitchen. Above are some of the tools she has adopted for food storage: a heavy-duty reusable silicone zip-top bag, bamboo towels, silicone disks that slip over the ends of cut pieces of fruits and vegetables, and beeswax-covered fabrics. Kristen Hartke for NPR/ hide caption

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Allison Hopelain, owner of The Kebabery in Oakland, Calif., says the cafeteria-style restaurant reflects the changing tastes of customers who now want to grab a quick, affordable meal and head back to their lives. Allison Hopelain/Courtesy of The Kebabery hide caption

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Bay Area's High Cost Of Living Squeezes Restaurant Workers, Chefs And Owners

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Members of the Oregon Solidarity project include (from left) Ed King and Justin King of King Estate Winery; Christine Clair and Joe Ibrahim of Willamette Valley Vineyards, and Brent Stone and Ray Nuclo, also of King Estate Winery. Carolyn Wells Kramer for NPR hide caption

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It's well-known that junk food ads on TV can strongly influence what kids want to eat. A study finds social media influencers can have the same effect on kids --but not when it comes to healthy foods. Jessica Lee Photography/Getty Images/Image Source hide caption

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Social Media May Sway Kids To Eat More Cookies — And More Calories

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Sebastiano Ridolfi tries on the costume of Papà del Gnoco, or "Gnocchi Dad," the Santa-esque figure who's the symbol of the gnocchi-themed pre-Lent celebration in Verona, Italy. Although Ridolfi didn't win the election to be Papà del Gnoco, he was received warmly by the crowd and remains committed to challenging traditions. Andrea Di Martino hide caption

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A pesticide warning sign in an orange grove warns in English and Spanish that the pesticide chlorpyrifos, or Lorsban, has been applied to these orange trees. Jim West/Science Source hide caption

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Will An Appeals Court Make The EPA Ban A Pesticide Linked To Serious Health Risks?

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Boris Fishman's 'Savage Feast' Is Part Memoir, Part Cookbook

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A GPS tracker strapped to the leg of a chicken means "that people who potentially will buy that chicken will know every step that that chicken has taken," says food historian Robyn Metcalfe. Jodi Pudge/Radius Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The Chicken Is Local, But Was It Happy? GPS Now Tells The Life Story Of Your Poultry

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Several U.S. cities have enacted taxes on sweetened drinks to raise money and fight obesity. But the results are mixed on how well they curb consumption. Daniel Acker/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Soda Taxes Work, Studies Suggest — But Maybe Not As Well As Hoped

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Workers pull out cosmetically defective garlic (that will be processed separately) at the Christopher Ranch processing plant in Gilroy, Calif. About 6 percent of its garlic is bought from China; the rest is homegrown. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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In Garlic Capital, Tariffs And Immigration Crackdown Have Mixed Impacts

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A satire of women's social discourse in the Queen Anne period depicts six women taking tea in a parlor, with figures on the left signifying hidden emotions and power struggles behind a genteel facade. Circa 1710. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Bret Adee, a third-generation beekeeper who owns one of the largest beekeeping companies in the U.S., lost half of his hives — about 50,000 — over the winter. He pops the lid on one of the hives to show off the colony inside. Greta Mart/KCBX hide caption

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Massive Loss Of Thousands Of Hives Afflicts Orchard Growers And Beekeepers

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