Monsanto's GM Corn Linked to Organ Damage; Underwear Bomber Ruins it for Salami Smugglers

Roman food is the latest Italian cuisine trend in New York. While Tuscan reigned supreme for years, several new places serving Roman-inspired dishes have opened recently. [NY Times]

According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, 2009 was a record year for the corn crop with 13.151 billion bushels produced, up 230 million bushels from the government's last forecast and 330 million bushels more than the average estimate. [Reuters]

Meanwhile, agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn has been linked to kidney and liver damage in rats, according to a recent study. The company says the research is "based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning." [Huffington Post]

Kosher food is increasingly popular among gentiles for its perceived cleanliness and safety. A recent study reveals that only about 15 percent of people buy kosher for religious reasons. [NY Times]

The Christmas Day underwear-bombing attempt has led to tightened airport security, which is making it harder to smuggle salami, prosciutto, and headcheese into the U.S. [Wall Street Journal]

AOL is hiring about a dozen former Gourmet editors, who lost their jobs when the magazine closed in November. The new posts involve developing recipes and content for AOL's new food site, launching next month. [NY Post]

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