• Heroic Endeavor: Swimmable Water Weekend from Waterkeeper Alliance

    Swimmable Water Weekend is a laudable Waterkeeper Alliance initiative that seeks to get people out to their favorite swimming hole, lake or beach and take the plunge for clean water. Don't miss out on their photo contest with an exciting prize package (including a GoPro camera)!

  • Taste it, Don't Waste it! Melons

    Is your huge honking melon a little too much of a good thing? Are you having trouble polishing it off before it starts to wither - or do you just find yourself facing a bit of melon fatigue halfway through the fruit? Read on for some fresh ideas for enjoying every last bite of this seasonal treat - from watermelons to honeydews to cantaloupes!

  • Farm Aid 30 - On The Road (Again) to Chicago!

    To commemorate Farm Aid's 30th year, we'll be joining other good food advocates at the Farm Aid 30 concert! This year it will be held in downtown Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on September 19!

  • The Fight for Food Access: Leaders of the Movement

    Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.

  • What's The Federal Government Doing to Our Food? - Summer 2015 Edition

    There's been a flurry of activity in Congress over the past month as legislators clear off their desks and prepare to leave DC for the August recess. The cheat sheet we've created here summarizes the most significant food and agriculture related bills they've been working on, why they're important and their current status.

Heroic Endeavor: Swimmable Water Weekend from Waterkeeper Alliance

Swimmable Water Weekend is a laudable Waterkeeper Alliance initiative that seeks to get people out to their favorite swimming hole, lake or beach and take the plunge for clean water. Don't miss out on their photo contest with an exciting prize package (including a GoPro camera)!

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Melons

Is your huge honking melon a little too much of a good thing? Are you having trouble polishing it off before it starts to wither - or do you just find yourself facing a bit of melon fatigue halfway through the fruit? Read on for some fresh ideas for enjoying every last bite of this seasonal treat - from watermelons to honeydews to cantaloupes!

The Fight for Food Access: Leaders of the Movement

Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.

Farm Aid 30 - On The Road (Again) to Chicago!

To commemorate Farm Aid's 30th year, we'll be joining other good food advocates at the Farm Aid 30 concert! This year it will be held in downtown Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on September 19!

What's The Federal Government Doing to Our Food? - Summer 2015 Edition

There's been a flurry of activity in Congress over the past month as legislators clear off their desks and prepare to leave DC for the August recess. The cheat sheet we've created here summarizes the most significant food and agriculture related bills they've been working on, why they're important and their current status.

This Week in Eco News - July 24, 2015

This week, we're thinking about the impacts - both positive and negative - of technology. From trains spilling oil to drones uncovering factory farm pollution, it's a lot to make sense of. Eco News is here to help.

Eat Well Heroes: Chef Sandra Holl at Floriole Cafe & Bakery

Under a tent at Chicago's Green City Market, Chef Sandra Holl began selling delicious pastries with a local, sustainable touch. Four years later, she and her husband Mathieu established a brick-and-mortar location and have been dedicated to local farmers ever since. Read on to find out how Sandra keeps everything from her ingredients to food waste local and sustainable.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Shrimp

Americans eat over four pounds of shrimp per person per year, but the environmental and ethical problems facing the shrimp industry are staggering. Learn all about the diminutive crustacean and find out the best ways to choose sustainably and ethically produced shrimp in this week's Real Food Right Now.

Lake Mead: How Low Can You Flow?

When you find yourself in Las Vegas during the sweltering, 108-degree heat of the summer, is there a better way to beat the heat than to head to the sweltering, 125-degree heat of Hoover Dam? That's just what one of our staff members did recently. Check out her photos of the dam and of a rapidly declining Lake Mead.

This Week in Eco News - July 17, 2015

A big part of sustainability includes protecting the Earth's creatures and habitats. On top of other Eco News, this week we bring you stories from the food, water and energy sectors about protecting the natural world - from bees, to the marshes of Iraq, to a desert island's unique dwellers.

Eat Well Heroes: Chef Matthew Pietsch of Salt of the Earth

Meet our latest Eat Well Hero, Michigan Chef Matthew Pietsch of Salt of the Earth, a rustic American restaurant focused on seasonality and sustainability. Chef Pietsch's dedication to sustainability and local cuisine includes planting and managing a huge garden (fed by compost from scraps from the restaurant) and regular trips to his local farmers' markets.

Real Food Right Now and How To Drink It: Gin

Summertime and gin go hand in hand. If you're the cocktail drinking type, nothing is better on a warm day in the sunshine than a gin and tonic on ice with a slice of lime. However, gin wasn't always so respectable. It was the favored drink of the poor, the down and out and of sailors - but it's come long way since then. And after it fell from favor in the last few decades, gin is getting a second look from craft distillers both here and abroad.

America's Healthy Food Access Problem Is Not Sustainable

We've all heard it many times from our mothers, doctors and even Michelle Obama: eat more fruits and vegetables. But for millions of Americans, finding fresh food can be difficult. Local and organic food has become popular in mainstream culture, but a truly sustainable food system is impossible unless everyone can afford, and has access to, fresh, healthful food.

Chill Out! Keeping Cool at Home with Energy Efficiency in Mind

Fans, air conditioners, sitting in the shade - there are lots of ways to stay cool on hot days. Many options for cooling, like air conditioning, require energy. Let's take a closer look at air conditioning, its efficiency and a few alternative cooling options.

This Week in Eco News - July 10, 2015

Sometimes it's the little things we do that make the biggest impact - especially when they inspire others. In this week's EcoNews, many of the stories we found are about just that: a food pantry brings produce to low-income people, a tweak in wording helps Californians save water and it's now easier for under-served communities to get solar. See these stories plus more!

Skip Showers for Beef? Try Less and Better Meat

Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called SkipShowersForBeef.com, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.

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