The White House released new bee-saving plans, the USDA released a no-GMO label, Long Beach voted for Meatless Mondays and Puerto Rico has ordered water-rationing in response to drought. Beyond busy governments, there are a lot of other Eco News stories to check out before the long Memorial Day weekend!
Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.
Fresh apricots are delicate and sweet in season, and worlds apart from the popular leathery, dried apricots you find in stores all year. Bake these flavorful fruits into a sweat or savory dish, whip up some apricot jam or bite into a soft apricot at the farmers' market before their fleeting season passes us by.
Imported or domestic? Wild or farmed? When did choosing fish become so difficult? We've pulled together advice on navigating some common fish options you'll likely come across at the market or fish shack. Summer goes by fast, so cut back on the pondering and get back into the sunshine with our fish cheat sheet!
There's a frozen seed bank in Norway filled with thousands of crop seeds from around the world. How did they get there, and why? Seeds of Time is a new documentary that shows us just how important crop diversity, and the work we do to preserve it, is to the future of human civilization. Here's why it's worth a watch.
A lot of big efforts in good food, water and energy are moving forward. Lots of schoolkids across the US could see antibiotic-free chicken served for lunch, Georgia has decreased its water use - as its population increased - and the Netherlands' solar road is working better than expected!
There are a great number of species of prickly pear cactus, all of which are native to the Americas. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization explains that the cactus was probably first cultivated in Mesoamerica, and was of particular importance to the Aztec. Fossilized seeds and skins of the fruit over 7,000 years old have been found in Mexico!
The days of notoriously "bleh" hospital food could be at an end. Thanks to these nifty tricks that hospitals are using to go local and sustainable, these centers for healthcare are starting to walk the talk by sourcing - and growing - fresh ingredients for their patients, staff and surrounding communities. It's good for everybody.
Since gardening was "invented" around 12,000 years ago, the skills and tools associated with the craft have evolved constantly. In fact, the traditional approach to gardening is to always update how it's done. To help you keep on the cutting edge, we'll cover a myriad of ways modern techniques and tools can be used to improve your gardening game.
This week there was a lot of news about water quality and how food and energy production affect it, specifically how fracking and industrial crop production (here's looking at you, corn) leads to water pollution. There were some bright sides, too - find them in this week's Eco News.
When most Americans think of dill, pickles come to mind, but the herb was once prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans for its health benefits and magical properties. A staple in the cuisines of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and Russia, dill is actually an incredibly functional, versatile herb and one of the most nutrient dense, low-calorie foods you can eat.
Want to take your dinner from glum to glam? Add fresh herbs. There is nothing like a tablespoon or two of fragrant greenery to brighten any dish. But what's a cook to do with the rest of the bunch? And what about those stems? Should you chop or toss? Enjoy every last bite of your transformative herbs.
Happy Spring! As we welcome a sunnier, warmer weekend, we're mulling a lot of fascinating Eco News. We're excited to share our new Water Footprint Calculator so you can discover how much you're actually using. (You'd be surprised!) And have you heard about William Shatner's bold proposal to solve California's drought problem?
Right now, the federal government is working on several major pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on the food we eat. Want to learn more? We've developed the cheat sheet below with summaries of the bills, reasons why they are important for consumers and ways to get involved.
It's amazing that the giant panda subsists on bamboo almost exclusively - bamboo is not very nutritious, at least not for us. When it comes to munching on this unique and fascinating grass (yes! grass!), it's all about texture and flavor, and knowing how to cook it.
Do you know how much water you really use each day? Drought and water shortages mean we need to use water as productively as possible and cut back on waste. But to get there we first need to know how much water we use every day, and most of us have no idea.