2011 Wasn't All Pie and Pig Roasts

The year's deadliest fruit

When it comes to end-of-year lists, most people want to think happy thoughts, like what was the new bacon or cupcake. Others focus on how fracking affected farms and other Debbie Downerisms. On Squid Ink, find the year in food recalls, from ground turkey to the year's most deadliest fruit, cantaloupe. That listeria outbreak lasted three months, caused at last 30 deaths and spanned 28 states. What else?

Grist gets into soaring food prices, GMOs and the prevalence of pesticides. And watch out for those "superweeds." Too depressing, sunshine? Here's what was good in the food world, like urban farming and the proliferation of farmers markets. [SI; Grist]