Pesticides in Tea: Strange Brew Indeed

Early in 2014, CBC's Marketplace decided to investigate pesticide residues in dry tea leaves. After using an accredited lab with a testing method employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), here's what they concluded: Half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada. And eight of the 10 brands tested contained multiple substances, with one... Continue Reading →

The Science And Tradition Of Winemaking

Since my last name means "grapes" in Italian, it is fitting that my father and brother are both amateur winemakers. While my dad stubbornly sticks to medieval techniques, my brother, a chemical engineer, makes use of science. But although our understanding of winemaking has deepened, and although additives serve an important purpose, the basic process... Continue Reading →

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