• This Week in Eco News - August 22, 2014

    Talk about opposites: record-setting rain drowned parts of Long Island, New York last week while California's water overuse is aggravating already parched conditions. One great piece of Eco News: Oregon's state legislature said no to a coal export terminal on the coast which could have fouled native fisheries in the Columbia River and other waterways.

  • Consumer Reports Deems Tuna Too Risky for Pregnant Women, FDA Flip Flops on Its Own Data

    For pregnant and nursing mothers, eating more fish is something that the FDA specifically recommends. To lots of people, "fish" equals tuna. It's canned. It's cheap. It's easy. But new analysis from Consumer Reports concludes that tuna's high levels of mercury outweigh its potential benefits for expecting mothers.

  • Our Heroes: Dede Boies and David Evershed of Root Down Farm

    "Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.

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

    We may think of it as a refreshing accompaniment to a slice of pizza (which it is!), but beer is so much more. As an agricultural product, requiring considerable resources for its production, and as a sustenance, beer has a significant impact on our food system.

  • Years of Living Dangerously: Must-Watch Moments of Season One

    Years of Living Dangerously is being released on iTunes and DVD September 7, fresh off its Emmy win for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Here's our episode guide to Season 1, complete with must-watch moments and synopses.

This Week in Eco News - August 22, 2014

Talk about opposites: record-setting rain drowned parts of Long Island, New York last week while California's water overuse is aggravating already parched conditions. One great piece of Eco News: Oregon's state legislature said no to a coal export terminal on the coast which could have fouled native fisheries in the Columbia River and other waterways.

Our Heroes: Dede Boies and David Evershed of Root Down Farm

"Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Beer

We may think of it as a refreshing accompaniment to a slice of pizza (which it is!), but beer is so much more. As an agricultural product, requiring considerable resources for its production, and as a sustenance, beer has a significant impact on our food system.

This Week in Eco News - August 15, 2014

How do you manage your resources? Several stories this week deal with that question, on scales ranging from national to your very own home. (Remember, a solar energy spill just means an extra-sunny day at your house!) Find out the latest source of aid for California's farmers who are still enduring the state's awful drought.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

As California suffers through a record drought, water is being rationed and its usually fertile agriculture industry is suffering. Yet Mother Jones reported this week that at least four major companies--Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead--use precious water from California for their bottled water.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Olives

Olives have long had a place in our kitchens and at our tables. To the Greeks and Romans, the olive wasn't just a source of food, but the fuel that lit their lamps and bolstered their economies. To this day, to figuratively extend the olive branch means to offer peace to your enemy. Learn more about the hearty olive, which not only tastes great but is good for you too!

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.

Quick Tips for Separating Your Compostables

Whether you're building your own compost or donating your scraps to a local program, start setting those scraps aside with these simple kitchen collection tips! This fourth post in our composting series gives you the nitty-gritty on collecting and saving food scraps at home.

This Week in Eco News - August 8, 2014

The effects of industrial farming were on vivid display last week as toxic algae contaminated the water in Toledo, Ohio. Here's what you can do to bolster sustainable food: shop at a farmers' market to celebrate local farmers who are building a better food system. (While you're there, wish everyone a Happy National Farmers' Market Week!)

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Ground Cherries

If you haven't tried ground cherries, you're not alone. These bright yellow-orange beauties wrapped in a papery husk are a niche fruit in the US. Once enjoyed by Native Americans, and later by early American settlers, the sweet ground cherry is under-appreciated today.

Sports and Sustainability: A Winning Combination!

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about attending your favorite football/baseball/soccer/hockey team's game at their hometown stadium? Sustainable food? Water conservation? Maybe recycling or composting? No? What about LEED Gold Certifications, green rooftops or farm-to-table menus?

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

This Week in Eco News - August 1, 2014

We hope you're enjoying a beautiful summer lazing beside your favorite waterfront! Lots of good stories this week on GMO labeling, the California drought and why your favorite cup of iced coffee is costing you more these days.

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