• The Complex (and Currently High) Cost of Iced Coffee

    Pop quiz: Why does your iced coffee habit cost so much more this hot summer? Turns out that there's a whole lot of stuff (and effort) that goes into making that cold cup of joe. Read on for the reasons behind those jacked up prices.

  • This Week in Eco News - July 25, 2014

    This week, how we manage our food, water and energy resources - keeping them clean, conserving for the future - was a theme throughout many news stories. It reminded us, again, of the important connections between them. (Something to contemplate while appreciating the power of a waterfall!)

  • Our Heroes: The Newhalls and Joneses of Windy N Ranch

    Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."

  • Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Salmon

    There is perhaps no fish more prized, beloved, revered, fought over - or exploited - than salmon. In this special two-part series, we take a deeper look at what makes salmon tick, its current state of affairs and the future, with an emphasis on environmental highs and lows - and unknowns.

  • California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

    California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Salmon, Part 2

Salmon is an ancient creature that has sustained civilizations throughout the ages, but in just the past hundred-plus years, this majestic elder of the sea has been taken for granted, exploited, depleted and endangered. Whatever you know about salmon, there is more to the story.

The Complex (and Currently High) Cost of Iced Coffee

Pop quiz: Why does your iced coffee habit cost so much more this hot summer? Turns out that there's a whole lot of stuff (and effort) that goes into making that cold cup of joe. Read on for the reasons behind those jacked up prices.

Who Wants My Compost?

You don't have to compost at home to recycle your organic scraps! Find a local grower, community program or join your municipal collection service to make saving and donating scraps easy. Check out this third post in our composting series to find out who really wants your compostables.

This Week in Eco News - July 25, 2014

This week, how we manage our food, water and energy resources - keeping them clean, conserving for the future - was a theme throughout many news stories. It reminded us, again, of the important connections between them. (Something to contemplate while appreciating the power of a waterfall!)

Our Heroes: The Newhalls and Joneses of Windy N Ranch

Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Salmon

There is perhaps no fish more prized, beloved, revered, fought over - or exploited - than salmon. In this special two-part series, we take a deeper look at what makes salmon tick, its current state of affairs and the future, with an emphasis on environmental highs and lows - and unknowns.

'Groceryships' Could Set a Course for Healthy Eating

While access to fresh, healthy food is important to changing dietary trends, it's only one piece of the puzzle. A new project in South Los Angeles has set out to prove that another piece of the puzzle -- educating people how to cook whole foods -- can work wonders.

10 Simple Tips for an Energy Efficient Summer

As we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to refresh yourself with some easy ways to save energy while staying cool. Here are ten tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money at the same time.

This Week in Eco News - July 18, 2014

Like us, you're probably eager to get your hands on more summer bounty at the farmers' market. While there, have you also bought local eggs? Some food for thought this weekend along with our other food, water and energy Eco News!

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Lavender

Blooming lavender fills summer air with a voluptuous, calming fragrance, an aroma often found in perfumes, lotions and soaps - but this herb is more than an olfactory delight. Lavender can make a splash at the kitchen table in beverages, jams and even as seasoning on meats. Take a deep breath and dive into cooking with lavender.

Let's Kill ''Natural''

The "natural" label claim epitomizes everything that's wrong with our food labeling laws - now a new report by Consumer Reports is calling on the USDA and FDA to kill off one of the most misleading - and downright contemptible - claims you'll find on food packaging today.

In the Heat of the Summer, Sweating Outdoor Water Use

While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.

This Week in Eco News - July 11, 2014

It's a Midsummer Night's Break for our Eco News team. We'll be back with our usual food, water and energy news briefs roundup next Friday. In the meantime, here are a readers' treasury of the most popular posts on Ecocentric so far in 2014.

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