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March 8, 2001 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New laboratory tests have found that veggie burgers and meat-free corn dogs made by natural foods brand Morningstar Farms contain genetically modified soy and the controversial genetically altered feed corn, StarLink, that has not been approved for human consumption. The tests, commissioned by the activist group Greenpeace, highlight the difficulty that even natural foods companies are having in assuring customers that their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients. Kellogg Co.
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December 2, 2013 | By David Pierson
China recently rejected a 60,000-ton shipment of American corn because it included unapproved genetically modified grain, the country's food-quality watchdog said. The shipment was halted in the southern port city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, after it was discovered to contain MIR162, a special insect-resistant variety of maize developed by Syngenta, a Swiss maker of seeds and pesticides, according to Chinese state media . MIR162 is not on the Chinese government's short list of approved grains considered genetically modified organisms, or GMO. China has increasingly turned to GMO imports to help meet its growing food demand.  Beijing approved permits for three varieties of GMO soybeans in June, including strains developed by U.S. seed giant Monsanto and Germany's BASF, according to the Wall Street Journal . Still, Chinese consumers remain wary of GMO crops and some nationalist-leaning pundits have suggested the Western-dominated technology leaves China's food supply vulnerable.
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FOOD
September 23, 2009
Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Frozen green chile is available at Albertsons and occasionally at other groceries. Call first to ensure availability. 1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 5 medium) 2 tablespoons butter 2 slices bacon, cut crosswise in thin strips 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 to 1 cup chopped green chile 1 cup corn kernels (1 large or 2 medium ears) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1. Trim the ends from the zucchini and quarter them lengthwise.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Fans of Mexican Coke have been dismayed , saddened and angered  at recent reports that their beloved soda's key ingredient -- cane sugar -- will be replaced with old-fashioned corn syrup.  But fear not, the Mexican bottler that exports Coke to the U.S. assures consumers the soda's recipe won't be tinkered with, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The outcry began when news outlets such as Quartz reported that executives from Arca Continental, the Mexican bottler, suggested in an earnings call that it would move to use cheaper sweeteners after the Mexican government imposed a new tax on soda.  Other news sites followed suit and soon enough, social media was awash with consumers who said they would soon begin hoarding cases of Mexican Coke.
FOOD
September 22, 2012
  Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from "Seamus Mullen's Hero Food. " Aleppo pepper can generally be found at gourmet and cooking supply stores, and is available online. 1/2 cup diced slab bacon 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 24 littleneck clams 2 ears corn, shucked and cut into 2-inch lengths 3/4 cup dry white wine 2 teaspoons pimentón Aleppo pepper Handful fresh basil leaves, torn Healthy drizzle of olive oil 1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, sweat the bacon over medium heat.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Gary Jackemuk stands next to the backyard Floriani cornfield at Winnetka Farms, his homestead in the San Fernando Valley, snatching fig beetles in midair with his hands. The beetles have been landing on the pollen-heavy tassels emerging from the cornstalks, Jackemuk says, but they don't bother the corn. They're really here for the ripe figs and apples nearby. As he catches the bugs he unceremoniously dumps them into a pheromone-laced trap -- the holding cell until he can feed them to his chickens later.
FOOD
December 28, 2012
Total time: 40 minutes The delicate corn latkes that Joachim Splichal serves at Patina have been on the menu since the day the doors opened. Splichal layers them with fresh marinated salmon, but smoked salmon can be the perfect replacement. They are served with a sour cream sauce. SOUR CREAM-CHIVE SAUCE 1 cup sour cream 1 red bell pepper, roasted and diced 1 tablespoon minced chives LATKES 3 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (5 to 6 ears) Butter 1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallots 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2/3 cup whole milk 2 eggs 1 cup unbleached flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Salt 2 tablespoons minced chives 20 paper-thin slices smoked salmon 1/4 cup chopped chives SOUR CREAM-CHIVE SAUCE Blend sour cream, bell pepper and chives in small bowl.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2001 | Associated Press
A vegetarian-foods subsidiary of Kellogg Co. recalled all its meatless corn dogs after its tests confirmed some of them contained a variety of genetically engineered corn that isn't approved for human consumption. The environmental group Greenpeace announced last week that tests it had commissioned detected StarLink corn in corn dogs purchased last month in a Baltimore Safeway. Worthington Foods Inc. said it subsequently had an independent lab test the product.
NEWS
April 22, 1989 | From Associated Press
Three people have died and 14 others, including 10 children, have been hospitalized in the western city of Guadalajara after eating contaminated corn, the newspaper Excelsior reported.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2000 | MARC KAUFMAN, WASHINGTON POST
Millions of bushels of genetically engineered corn approved only for animal use have made their way into the human food- supply chain, officials said Wednesday, raising the possibility that the corn will be found in a wide array of foods. Industry and federal officials are working to find the corn and buy it back before it's made into more taco shells and chips, corn flakes and other products.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Looking for a simple way to remove corn from the cob without using a knife? The handy little Corn Twister from Kuhn Rikon should be able to help. Unlike a knife, whose straight edge can make a mess of kernels as they're cut from the cob, the Corn Twister comes with an incredibly sharp, round stainless steel blade, attached to a yellow tube. Fit the tube over an ear of corn and, as you push it over the cob, the blade rotates, cleanly slicing the kernels away. The two-part gadget also comes with a green silicone sleeve made to look like leaves.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Gary Jackemuk stands next to the backyard Floriani cornfield at Winnetka Farms, his homestead in the San Fernando Valley, snatching fig beetles in midair with his hands. The beetles have been landing on the pollen-heavy tassels emerging from the cornstalks, Jackemuk says, but they don't bother the corn. They're really here for the ripe figs and apples nearby. As he catches the bugs he unceremoniously dumps them into a pheromone-laced trap -- the holding cell until he can feed them to his chickens later.
NEWS
June 29, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
You'll find bins full of corn at farmers markets and supermarkets. These usually aren't your parents' ears, though - remember the old advice about the only way to cook it was to have the water boiling when you went out into the field? New varieties of corn have been bred to be sweeter and to hold on to that sugar longer before it converts to starch. It's convenient corn. How to choose: Ears should be well filled out (check the tips of the ears to make sure there are kernels), and make sure the silk is still soft, not dried out. Don't shuck the whole ear before buying, though; it makes the farmers really cranky.
FOOD
June 17, 2013
  Garden Corn and Tomato Salad Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes * Vegetarian 5 ears corn 2 pounds tomatoes, diced 1 1/2 cups sliced green onions 1 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 teaspoon salt Lettuce leaves, for serving Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the corn and cook 3 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot and plunge into cold water to cover. Drain the corn, then slice the kernels from the cobs: Place each cob, stem end down, on the counter and, with a sharp knife, cut down on the cob. You'll have about 4 cups of corn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
The answer always comes with a puzzled look. "Flour? What's wrong with corn?" It's hard to explain to friends and the befuddled person behind the counter of a tortilleria or taco truck that nothing is wrong with the commonly found masa de maiz , but this Sonoran desert-born Mexican would love her carne asada resting on a small flour tortilla. I grew up in Nogales, Ariz., with family hours away on both sides of the border, and maize was an afterthought. Most kitchens had a rolling pin on the counter and a robin's egg-blue box (or sometimes, bucket)
FOOD
April 30, 2013
Note: Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Yountville is one of America's greatest chefs in addition to being a Food section columnist. This recipe is an example of how sometimes it is the simplest things that elevate a dish from good to great. Its secret is not in the mix of ingredients or in any fancy creative strokes; it's in the way Keller dries the skin of the fish so that it fries to a bacon-y crispness. It's a little thing, but it means so much to the dish. To dry the skin of the salmon, drag a knife blade gently but firmly over the skin several times, almost as if you are sharpening a razor on a strop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Developers of a biological product that would enable corn to grow its own pesticide say they will seek permission from federal authorities to test the product in four states. The bioinsecticide was developed by Crop Genetics International Corp. of Hanover, Md., and is aimed at controlling the European corn borer, a pest estimated to cause more than $400 million damage to the nation's corn crop, said John Henry, the company's president and chief executive.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2009 | By Steven Mufson
The nation's largest producer of corn-based ethanol said it has slashed the cost of producing cellulosic ethanol from corncobs and that it would be able to compete with gasoline in two years. Poet LLC, which currently produces 1.5 billion gallons a year of ethanol from corn, said its 1-year-old pilot plant has reduced the cost of making ethanol from corncobs to $2.35 a gallon from $4.13 by cutting capital costs and using an improved "cocktail" of enzymes. Moreover, the company said it could use a byproduct called lignin as fuel and that it would provide all the energy needed for the cellulosic plant as well as 80% of the energy that would be needed by a conventional corn-based distillery making twice the amount of ethanol.
SCIENCE
March 23, 2013 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
When is a fish not a fish but a drug? When government regulators take old laws and twist themselves into knots trying to apply them to new technology. In the emotionally charged battle over the safety and appropriateness of genetically modified foods, people on both sides agree that the way the government oversees genetically modified plants and animals is patchy, inconsistent and at times just plain bizarre. Soon, analysts say, the system may be stretched to the breaking point.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. At least that's what James Joyce, one of Ireland's most famous writers - and a notorious drinker - once said. The phrase rings particularly true on St. Patrick's Day, the saucy Irish holiday that is marked by an epic consumption of alcohol and plenty of corned beef and cabbage. To honor Joyce, we make the annual mistake of drinking too much and discover that we wake up feeling green. Here are some of our favorite places to make those mistakes and many others this Sunday - framed by the back of a cab, of course.
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