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The Things We Eat


Label Me Confused

How the words on a bag of food create more questions than answers.

Sociological Images


One Hundred Years of the Refrigerator

No longer “a brand new concept in luxurious living,” as early advertisements described them, refrigerators have transformed our everyday lives.

The Things We Eat


Melon Love: From Raphael to Tenacious D, a Brief History of Erotic Plants

As Walter Benjamin predicted would happen in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production,” the eroticization of plant life has become yet another ritualistic art victimized by a technology.

Quick Studies


The Brain Knows When There Are Carbs in Your Mouth

Our mouths have a secret sense—one that can detect sugar, even if there’s no flavor.

Quick Studies


Did Humans Train Dogs to Hunt Woolly Mammoths?

A new hypothesis suggests that our ancestors trained wolves to help them kill.

The Things We Eat


The Healthy Benefits of a Stressed Out Plant

The biological principle of xenohormesis suggests that organic farming advocates might very well be pampering their plants into nutritional laziness.

Sociological Images


There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The National School Lunch Program aims to deliver affordable and nutritious meals to our schoolchildren, but it usually only meets one of those goals.

Quick Studies


Mapping El Niño’s Looming Effect on Global Croplands

A monster El Niño could be on its way, and it will likely have a complicated effect on the world’s breadbaskets.

The Things We Eat


A Roadkill Revolution: Eating Animals to Liberate Them

A philosopher argues that if there are viable ways to reduce intentional harm to animals by eating them—and there are—then all vegetarians who subscribe to the “do-the-least-harm” principle should be obligated to make roadkill a part of their diet.

Sociological Images


The Sexual Politics of Veganism

Veganism is too often presented as little more than a means of achieving idealized body types.

Book Reviews


The Ramen Index

The ups and downs of an economy, all in a bowl of noodles.

Quick Studies


The World’s Sea Snails Are on Fire

Pteropods need shells, but growing them can be difficult when the oceans are full of acid.

Sociological Images


The State of the Dinner: Commensality as a Political Instrument

We are almost never reluctant to share a drink with strangers, but sharing meals tends to be reserved for those to whom we wish to signal intimacy.

But It's Just a Game


Running a Marathon Takes Guts, but They Better Behave

The power of dietary rituals on the streets of Boston.

The Things We Eat


Why So Many Children of Immigrants Are Going Hungry

Many people who qualify for government assistance are afraid to ask for it.

The Things We Eat


How Climate Change Will Affect Our Ancient Relationship With Our Most Important Grain

At a time when the worldwide wheat supply needs to grow, we might not even be able to keep it from diminishing.

Quick Studies


Your Soybeans Are Better for You When There’s Not Tons of Weedkiller in Them

Organic soybeans sampled from Iowa had significantly higher protein levels, and they had lower levels of fatty acids that can lead to obesity.

Quick Studies


This Is Why Cartoons on Cereal Boxes Leer at Your Children

When a cartoon character gazes into our eyes from a cereal box, it increases our trust in the brand and our connection with it.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30


The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Aspiring Congressman Who Wants to Bring Healthy Food to Everyone

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Quick Studies


Chemists Endorse Marinating Meat With Beer

It decreases the formation of carcinogenic material.

The Things We Eat


Support Industrial Slaughterhouses

Local meat is a booming business, but the mobile slaughterhouse units used to process it are polluting our backyards with plasma-flecked wastewater, blood, and offal—dangerous byproducts that they’re ill-equipped to handle properly.



When It Comes to Eating Right, Laziness Can Be Your Friend

New research finds one bad habit we’re often tagged with (sloth) can help us overcome another (overeating).

You Don't Know America


As American as Peanut Butter

The Great Depression turned the regular, ol’ PB&J into a staple of childhood, and the sandwich stuck. Today, there’s little else that so easily transcends both regional and socioeconomic divides. What’s more American than that?

You Don't Know America


What Makes American Cuisine American?

At its essence, American food began as a cuisine of survival free from the burdens of tradition and elitism. Little has changed.

Burgh Diaspora


Guerrilla Geographies of Artisanal Toast

How the affliction for hand-crafted confection gentrifies industrial space in the Bay Area.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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