GMO OMG and The Scarecrow at Phoenix Film Festival, Courtesy of Chipotle

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Courtesy of Chipotle.
Factory farms have this Scarecrow down in Chipotle's animated short.
There's a lot of great stuff from local and national talent to see at this year's Phoenix Film Festival, and Chipotle is bringing some food for thought to the screen with its animated short The Scarecrow coupled with the documentary GMO OMG. The two-minute short, which has been available online to view, features a lovable animated scarecrow getting his groove back through fresh, naturally grown foods to a Fiona Apple (sorry, Frank Ocean) cover of Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination." While the short is playful, the documentary is a serious look into how genetically modified foods have taken over our kitchens, markets, and restaurants and how that's affecting us all.

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Online Milk Drive Benefits Hungry Phoenix Families Today

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Help give milk to those in need today through Feeding America.
One of the most requested food bank items from families in need, according to Feeding America, is milk. The nonprofit gives only a gallon per person per year to the 37 million people it serves. Now through an online and mobile campaign, Feeding America, in conjunction with local dairy farmers, is looking to increase that amount by making giving to Phoenix families easier than ever.

Here's how you can help:

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Panda Express Gives Away Free Fish Today (And That's Not an April Fool's Joke)

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Courtesy of Panda Express.
Just when you thought the land of fast food promotions couldn't get any more convoluted, Panda Express is offering a free serving of Golden Szechuan fish with any purchase-- you know, so you can have another meal with your meal. This April Fool's Day deal, which they're promoting as April Fish Day due to some alleged connection to a European tradition that still doesn't make sense because it's allegedly a Chinese food restaurant, is definitely silly, but we're not sure we want to eat fish from Panda Express even if it's free.

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Samurai Sam's to Give Away Free Teriyaki Chicken Bowls April 3

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Heather Hoch
When Samurai Sam's celebrates its anniversary, you get free food.
If you find yourself strapped for cash on Thursday, April 3, just waiting for payday to inch ever closer, Samurai Sam's has your back with free food deals in celebration of its 20th anniversary. You'll have to act fast if you want to get your hands on a completely gratis teriyaki chicken bowl, but with 14 Valley locations offering the deal, your odds are pretty good.

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Star Trek's Klingon Beer and New Game of Thrones Brew to Be Released Soon

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Courtesy of startrek.com
Beer: The Final Frontier.
Get ready to geek out over beer in a way you haven't before. Sure, there's been a Star Wars-inspired Imperial Stout Trooper and the Ommegang's Take the Black to help you indulge the beer geek and sci-fi/fantasy geek in you all at once, but now Trekkies can get their drink on Klingon style courtesy of Indiana's Tin Man Brewing. If that weren't enough, Ommegang also announced that it will be releasing a Targaryen-inspired ale called Blood and Fire just in time to be the only beer you need on April 6 when the new season finally starts.

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4 Reasons McDonald's Outsells Burger King by Double

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No matter who's selling more, McDonald's and Burger King could both use some less creepy representation.
The battle for fast food money is still dominated by McDonald's, which has about 35,000 restaurants worldwide. Compare that to Burger King's 12,000 restaurants and it's easy to see that McDonald's has invaded the world with Happy Meals and Big Macs. However, according to Business Week, if you compare the fast food giants by individual locations (and not just total sold), McDonald's is still selling twice as much as Burger King. There are a few reasons why.

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World's Grossest Bloody Mary Includes Roast Chicken, Sliders, and Much More

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Score on Davie/Facebook
What the bloody Mary is on this thing?
Leave it to our lovely neighbors to the north to get bored enough to make a cocktail garnished with several full meals, hearty enough for a lumberjack or two to get stuffed. According to Eater, Vancouver sports bar Score on Davie is serving up Caesars, which is Canadian for Bloody Mary, with enough food on top to feed a family and held together by toothpicks and sheer force of will. So what's on Score on Davie's Caesar?


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Sales of Craft Beer Jumped in 2013, but It Still Doesn't Dominate the Market

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Heather Hoch
Craft beer sales are up. Are you surprised?
With about 15 craft breweries in the Phoenix area alone and almost every other bar in town carrying at least one craft brew, it may seem as though craft beer has taken over the market. According to NPR, the Brewers Association is reporting that sales of craft beer did increase 20 percent last year, with a 10.9 percent average growth in the past decade. Though sales (and even the number of breweries) are rapidly increasing, the total market share of craft versus big brand beers is still uneven.

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Chocolate's Health Benefits Linked to Gut Microbes

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Science proves just why chocolate can keep your heart healthy and your belly in check.
After being the bearer of bad tequila news when we discussed why tequila probably won't help you fight diabetes or obesity, we're happy to bring some good news in the world of guilty pleasures. Well, actually, calling chocolate a guilty pleasure might not even be accurate at this point anymore, due to the mounting evidence that shows its health benefits in even daily moderation. But just how is chocolate healthy?

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Why Tequila Probably Doesn't Have Obesity, Diabetes Fighting Properties

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Tequila is good for you? We must be dreaming!
Despite several news organizations reporting that a new study might show that tequila could actually help prevent diabetes and obesity, the leap from the agavins, the sugary compound in the agave plant, to tequila, which is distilled from agave, is actually too formidable to draw that conclusion. We know, we wanted it to be true too, but the facts are that the very preliminary study released by the American Chemical Society just doesn't show that the liquor is in any way good for you.

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