• Our Heroes: Chef Vivian Howard at Chef and the Farmer

    'We cultivate strong relationships with local farmers... making it possible to source more than 70 percent of the restaurant's foodstuffs within a 60 mile radius." Meet Chef Vivian Howard who opened Chef & the Farmer in 2006, and has been showcasing the foods and traditions of rural North Carolina ever since.

  • Taste it, Don't Waste it! - Potatoes

    Here, Sherri Brooks Vinton dishes up recipes and tips on how to use up every bit of tasty food we buy and prepare. You too can turn leftover mashed potatoes into sexy samosas, and Sherri's recipe for potato peel chips will convince you to never throw out another nutritious skin.

  • Over the River and Through the Woods: 7 Sustainable Holiday Travel Tips

    Thanksgiving is the high-water mark for travel in the US. As we kickoff this year's festive season, here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.

  • Get to Work! Jobs in Energy Sustainability

    If you are looking for a 'Green Job' in energy, we've got good news: energy is a vital part of the American economy and clean energy continues to grow nationwide. If you are into powering the future while reducing pollution, perhaps a career in clean energy or sustainability is a good fit for you!

  • Your Guide to Finding a Sustainably Raised Turkey

    It's time to get your turkey for Thanksgiving. No kidding, heritage birds from sustainable farmers sell out fast. If you want to gather around taste-test winning meat this season, but don't know where to find it, check out these highlights of places in your region where you can find a sustainably raised bird!

This Week in Eco News - November 21, 2014

With Thanksgiving coming up, we focus on what we're the most thankful for: the people in the food, water and energy fields helping us do better by the planet. From people teaching folks about the ills of the Keystone pipeline to the millions of American's warning the EU about GMOs, this week we celebrate the people who speak out!

Our Heroes: Chef Vivian Howard at Chef and the Farmer

'We cultivate strong relationships with local farmers... making it possible to source more than 70 percent of the restaurant's foodstuffs within a 60 mile radius." Meet Chef Vivian Howard who opened Chef & the Farmer in 2006, and has been showcasing the foods and traditions of rural North Carolina ever since.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! - Potatoes

Here, Sherri Brooks Vinton dishes up recipes and tips on how to use up every bit of tasty food we buy and prepare. You too can turn leftover mashed potatoes into sexy samosas, and Sherri's recipe for potato peel chips will convince you to never throw out another nutritious skin.

Get to Work! Jobs in Energy Sustainability

If you are looking for a 'Green Job' in energy, we've got good news: energy is a vital part of the American economy and clean energy continues to grow nationwide. If you are into powering the future while reducing pollution, perhaps a career in clean energy or sustainability is a good fit for you!

This Week in Eco News - November 14, 2014

This week in honor of Veterans' Day we saluted veterans working in energy, water and food. Some of the week's biggest stories included the US/China climate accords, a call for a national food policy and the American solar boom. Check out your fall favorites at the farmers' market this weekend - we bet fresh, hot cider awaits!

Our Heroes: Chef Mark Estee at Campo

"We are blessed here in Reno, NV. I know every farmer we use. They come to eat here and we visit them on their farms." Meet Chef Mark Estee at Campo, another of our Eat Well Guide heroes!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cardoons

You're unlikely to find cardoons at your local grocery store, but check farmers' markets in late fall and you might get lucky. Like a cross between artichokes and celery, these spiky, silvery stalks can add delicious new flavor to old recipes, though you may want to wear gloves!

A Sequel to the Dirty Dozen

The new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives from the Environmental Working Group spills the beans about what has been added to your food that isn't food.

Our Heroes: Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist whom we first came to know after she appeared in the Emmy-winning climate doc Years of Living Dangerously. Her scientific know-how and engaging demeanor make for a winning combo as she reaches out to faith-based communities who haven't always been a part of the environmental movement.

This Week in Eco News - November 7, 2014

Here's some good news this week: consumer demand for antibiotic-free meats is growing and climate-minded planning in Sandy's aftermath could help protect homes and cities in the future. We're talking resilience this week in Eco News!

Our Heroes: Jimmy Carbone at Jimmy's No. 43

Meet Jimmy Carbone, founder of Jimmy's No. 43 craft beer bar and leader in local, sustainable food (and drink!). He says sourcing local ingredients keeps the menu at Jimmy's fresh, while supporting local farmers and fishermen in the long-term keeps small businesses, like his, going.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Barley

Barley is an ancient grain, but its old school reputation doesn't keep it off the modern table. From food for livestock and fish, to a main ingredient in beer, to a sweetener and as a cereal grain for human consumption, barley's flexible nature and nutty flavor make it an essential food.

BEETCOIN and Slow Money Redefine What it Means to Invest: Interview with Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch is the founder and chairman of the Slow Money Alliance, whose national gathering of good food system advocates, entrepreneurs and community leaders takes place November 10 - 12 in Louisville, KY. There, 21 food entrepreneurs will also present projects for a chance to win the first "BEETCOIN" funding. Join in the fun online!

Your Water Footprint: An Interview with Author Stephen Leahy

Journalist Stephen Leahy's new book about water footprints is a great introduction to the mysterious world of virtual water. We recently asked him about how he became interested in water footprints, his suggestions for what readers can do and how his own water footprint measures up.

This Week in Eco News - October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Check out a truly amazing array of sculptures featuring carved fruits and vegetables - and, appropriately for a day in costume, a hilarious video with the voice of "coal" featuring PBS's star painter Bob Ross!

Our Heroes: Nick Wilber at The Fat Radish

"I think just by visiting farmers and having these conversations with them, that their passion can actually be transferred to myself, then through our kitchen...to the plate and to the customer and it's a nice little cycle of devotion and passion for what they do." Meet Eat Well Guide hero Nick Wilber at The Fat Radish in New York!

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