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Swing-A-Way Can Opener

We have gone through so many can openers in the last few years. Each time we buy one, it stops working after just a few cans. Either the gears stop meshing or the handle disconnects from the axle that turns the gear.

We kept trying different, ever-more- expensive brands until we finally found a winner. The Swing-A-Way has worked very well and doesn’t have the problems all the others had.

According to this review of can openers:

John J. Steuby Sr. told us that prior to manufacturing the EZ-Duz-It, his company made hardware for the Swing-A-Way can opener for 30 years. (Steuby stopped making parts for Swing-A-Way after that company was sold a couple of times and moved production to China in 2008.) According to Steuby, to create the EZ-Duz-It, his company made several improvements to the Swing-A-Way model, including making the handle ΒΌ inch longer. Our testers liked the smoothly spinning knob on the EZ-Duz-It, which provided excellent leverage and required less effort to turn compared with the OXO openers we tried.

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‘I Rue The Day We Ever Became Farmers’: In Rural India, A Struggle To Survive

Workers sort onions at a wholesale market in Maharashtra. The state is India

“The farmer dies feeding this country, but no one fights for the farmer,” says a woman whose son, a farmer, died by suicide. He was $40,000 in debt. Her husband died of a heart attack days later.

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To Protect Imperiled Salmon, Fish Advocates Want To Shoot Some Gulls

Gulls were eating more juvenile salmon than biologists realized, which meant fewer of the fish were making it to the ocean.

Biologists think gulls are eating more juvenile salmon than they thought, and fish advocates are proposing to kill problem gulls. But opponents say dam modification is what’s needed to protect salmon.

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‘Zaitoun’: Recipes From The Palestinian Kitchen

NPR’s David Greene talks to food writer and human rights campaigner Yasmin Khan about her latest cookbook, and the travels that inspired a collection of Palestinian recipes.

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California Chef Aims To Help Restaurant Workers Prevent Suicide

The restaurant business can be tough on your mental health, and has led some chefs to suicide. Chef Patrick Mulvaney is helping Sacramento kitchen workers learn the warning signs and ask for help.

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How To Get Meat Eaters To Eat More Plant-Based Foods? Make Their Mouths Water

Focusing less on the meat-free or health aspects of plant-based dishes, like this jackfruit burger β€” and more on their flavor, mouthfeel and provenance β€” could go a long way toward getting meat lovers to choose these options more often. That

Vegetable-based dishes may be better for the Earth but don’t always sound seductive on menus. Marketers, researchers and food chains think they know how to get meat lovers to make the swap more often.

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Is Fear Driving Sales Of Monsanto’s Dicamba-Proof Soybeans?

Brent Henderson harvests soybeans on his farm near Weona, Ark., in 2017. That crop showed symptoms of dicamba exposure. Henderson switched to Xtend soybeans the following year, he says, as "insurance" against future damage.

Some farmers say they’re buying a popular new soybean seed partly because they’re afraid of crop damage from herbicide drift. A new lawsuit claims the seed maker is violating antitrust laws.

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Rough Day On The Job? A Lunch Club Might Help You Bite Back Those Blues

Lunch clubs are becoming a popular trend in offices as a way for co-workers to brighten each other

Bad food on top of a bad workday is … bad. So some co-workers have created a bright spot β€” a good meal. And while the food is yummy, the care that goes into making a homemade lunch is even better.

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The Real Super Bowl Drama Wasn’t During The Game, But The Beer Commercials

There was little drama during Sunday’s Super Bowl. But one ad did start a Twitter war between Bud Light and Big Corn.

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Oregon Bottle Deposit System Hits 90 Percent Redemption Rate

A row of new reverse vending machines, which collect drink containers for recycling, greets customers at the grand opening of the BottleDrop Redemption Center in Medford, Ore.

The expanded program includes more types of containers and benefits from a cleaner mix of recyclable materials, which is easier to sell than the mishmash of waste that ends up in curbside bins.

(Image credit: Jes Burns/Oregon Public Broadcasting)