As legalization spread throughout the states, marijuana emerged as the big new food ingredient of 2014. In Seattle, a marijuana restaurant opened for customers. Don’t want to make the trek? Residents of states where marijuana is legal can also get a buzz from Legal’s line of cannabis-infused beverages. Meanwhile, Rohan Marley, one of Bob Marley’s sons, attracted attention last year not only for his new marijuana business, but also for his successful coffee company.
In the meantime, Americans are still struggling to figure out the food system (we thought they might figure it out after last year’s list, but no)–in fact, most people don’t know what “organic” means even though they’re willing to pay more for it. Here’s one thing people are more confident about, however: mints are better than gum.
The full list of the top food stories of 2014 is below.
As a 20-something looking for his purpose, Rohan Marley found it by going back to his roots.
With THC-infused sandwiches, the MagicalButter Studio–Seattle’s first marijuana restaurant–is practically destined for 5-star reviews.
A simple graphic gives dieters a reality check every time they dine.
The food marketers have won.
Echoes of Soylent. But more colorful.
One meal in San Francisco provides a glimpse at the future of food–and it sure looks fancy.
This “float down eatery” in Melbourne brings you your lunch in the most delightful way.
Each of four flavors in the “Legal” cannabis-infused drink line promises a different kind of buzz.
It used to be a symbol of youth to chew gum. Now, the long-favored American breath freshener needs an image makeover.
Guess what: 200 calories of carrots is a whole lot different than 200 calories of a candy bar.
The Indiegogo hit Tellspec scanner shoots a laser at your food and counts the calories and nutritional data. But is it just vaporware? We tried one out.
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