Vets Get in on Food Cart Wars; Mercury Poisoning Spreading

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A veteran with a food cart in front of the Met, who doesn't pay for his permit in accordance with a law that allows veterans special access to steet vending, has led to other vets setting up shop in the coveted spot.
[NY Times]

Every fish tested at nearly 300 streams across the country was found to contain mercury, although only about a quarter had levels exceeding what the Environmental Protection Agency says is safe for people to eat.
[NY Daily News]

New Jersey was once the state from which New York and Philadelphia got much of its produce. Now, the Garden State grows exotic fruits and vegetables, such as Korean pears, cilantro, bok choy, calabaza, and jalapenos.
[NY Times]

A new study show that brain regions key to cognition are smaller in older people who are obese than in those who are leaner. Previous studies have suggested that obesity can increase the risk of dementia.
[New Scientist]

Jamie Oliver's new book and TV show, Jamie's America, is "more than just food tourism," but rather offers insights into American culture and the link between food and community. In New York, he meets Peruvians making ceviche in hidden cafes.
[Times]


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