In the wake of ABC's coverage by David Muir (embargoed link) last week on the global crisis in food prices as President George Bush ordered $200m in emergency aid, NBC filed a trio of food-related features. Important as they were, it was curious that all three stories had been already covered by CBS. John Larson's report for NBC on the depletion of the Pacific Chinook salmon fishery, leading to the suspension of the wild fishing fleet on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, was covered by CBS' John Blacksone last month. Robert Bazell's visit to the Salinas Valley to show us how lettuce and spinach are cleaned to prevent e.coli poisoning, was also covered by CBS' Blackstone, in February. And Kevin Tibbles' free publicity to freerice.com, the online vocabulary game whose sponsors donate 20 grains of rice to the World Food Program for each correct answer, was the topic of Daniel Sieberg's report in November.
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