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Above: "Food" is a 30-minute documentary that follows your dinner from the plate to the field, farm and ocean. The investigation reveals some surprising facts about the modern food chain. You may be surprised how far your oranges have traveled, what's in your farmed salmon, and why your chicken breasts are so large these days.

Tracking Your Food

  • Comparing Farmed-Raised Fish To Wild-Caught

    Nov. 12

    Eating fish is an often-heard recommendation for a healthy diet. You've probably heard that fish, especially salmon, is rich in omega-3's an essential fatty acid. Are all fish created equal? We discuss the differences between farmed and wild-caught fish.

  • Fish Feed Sources Examined

    Nov. 12

    Americans are eating more fish these days, and half of it is farmed fish. The demand for fish has caused an explosion in fish farming and a search for new sources of fish feed.

  • What's In Your Salmon?

    Nov. 3
    What's In Your Salmon?

    KPBS sent two salmon samples, wild and farmed, off to a lab for fatty acid testing. The results just came in, and you may be surprised by the amount of fat in those healthy fish dinners.

  • What Can A Strand Of Hair Reveal About Our Eating Habits?

    Oct. 26

    What exactly are you eating when you bite into that cheeseburger or potato chip? You might be surprised. We interview "The Hair Detective," Dr. Stephen Macko, to find out how the food you eat shows up in your hair.

  • Hair Study Reveals Dietary Trend, High Levels Of Corn

    Oct. 26
    Hair Study Reveals Dietary Trend, High Levels Of Corn

    Dr. Steve Macko, a professor at the University of Virginia, can reveal what a person's diet consists of by measuring isotopes in hair. He's found that most Americans' hair reveal diets high in corn, because so much of our food system relies on corn and high fructose corn syrup.

  • Plan For Community Garden Grows Out Of High Diabetes Rate

    Oct. 12
    By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

    KPBS is working on a project called Food. We're following your dinner from the plate to the fields, farm and ocean. Americans are eating more than we used to, it's making us fatter and in some cases sick. KPBS Investigative Reporter, Amita Sharma, has been looking into an alarming statistic facing residents in National City -- the city has the highest diabetes rate in San Diego County. What can be ...

  • National City Wants To Plow Back To Its Roots

    Oct. 12
    By Amita Sharma

    National City has long been known for the mile of cars stretching along its coastline. But that image could soon change. The city has a vision of returning to its agricultural roots, and to a time when people were healthier.

  • High Diabetes Rates In National City Cause Concern

    Oct. 9
    High Diabetes Rates In National City Cause Concern

    KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma examines reasons for high diabetes rates in National City.


  • Seeking Out The Tastiest Tomato: From The Garden To The Plate

    Oct. 22

    Tomatoes are the most frequently bought and the most commonly homegrown vegetable in the United States. With all that popularity we wondered whether consumers can tell the difference between organic and conventionally grown tomatoes, and is one growing method better that the other? KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce put organic, heirloom and conventionally grown tomatoes to the test and tells us what he's found out.

  • Local Students Study Food

    Nov. 10
    Local Students Study Food

    Taking a cue from "What the World Eats," a book written by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, students at High Tech High International have been investigating what San Diego eats.