— Scotland will no longer grow genetically modified crops. While many agree that GMOs are safe to eat and "could boost global food production," the government believes that the potential benefits of GMOs do not "outweigh environmental risks." The ban is only placed on crops raised for consumption, not on those grown for scientific purposes. GMOs are a very controversial issue: In America, restaurants like Chipotle have stopped using GMO ingredients and Hollywood stars like Gwyneth Paltrow are fighting for the government to make GMO labeling mandatory.
— New York City is getting its very first free-standing Chick-fil-A on October 3. The location — which is technically the city's second outpost of the chain — will have 180 employees and extended hours. Franchisee Oscar Fittipaldi was chosen from "hundreds of applicants to be the brand's Manhattan franchisee." Fittipaldi already operates a location in Philadelphia, but he is "terminating that contract" to launch the New York City location. Chick-fil-A is on an expansion tear and will open locations in Long Island soon as well.
— An active, military-grade hand grenade was found in a Baltimore-area McDonald's parking lot this weekend. A bomb technician secured the grenade and removed it safely. However, had the grenade gone off, it would have killed anyone in the vicinity, including the landscaping crew that found the bomb at the Maryland restaurant. Authorities suspect the grenade had been there for "quite sometime" and was most likely "a relic of the military base" located nearby.
— Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon be able to feast on a salad they grew in outer space. However, before they can begin consuming the space-grown lettuce, they must clean the leaves with citric acid-based, food-safe sanitizing wipes — no salad spinners needed. And what's the best follow-up to a space salad? A fancy zero gravity-friendly espresso of course.
— Want to get funding as a scientist? Just shift the blame for obesity away from sugary beverage producer Coca-Cola. The company has teemed up with "influential scientists" who say that fixing obesity is actually about exercising more and worrying about calories less. The New York Times explains: "To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, which promotes the argument that weight-conscious Americans are overly fixated on how much they eat and drink while not paying enough attention to exercise." Meanwhile, cities like Berkeley, Calif. have imposed taxes on sugary beverages to curb consumption.