Wild turkeys have made a comeback

Wild turkeys were an important source of food for American pioneers.  When European settlers arrived on the eastern seaboard, wild turkeys apparently lived in what are now 39 continental states and the Canadian province of Ontario. But as the fledgling nation began to grow and settlers tamed the wilderness, cleared the woodlands and pushed westward,

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Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 full text

An Act for preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors, and for regulating traffic therein, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it shall be unlawful

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Developing tasty foods for NASA astronauts took years

NASA began spaceflights with the idea that astronaut food had to be limited because of fear that weightlessness would cause crumbs and other food fragments to fill the air. That’s why Glenn and later Mercury astronauts were forced to eat from a container resembling a toothpaste tube. As space missions grew longer, NASA tried to

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New York City guts successful school lunch program in 1919

A few days before Thanksgiving in 1908, the home economist Mabel Hyde Kittredge initiated a school lunch program at an elementary school in Hell’s Kitchen, serving soup and bread to hungry children in the infamous Manhattan neighborhood. The following year, she founded the School Lunch Committee (SLC), a voluntary organization dedicated to improving the nutritional

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