Food System

5 Ways to Green Your K-Cup

Sep 14th, 2018 | By Katrina Kazda

While the convenience of single-serve coffee systems is celebrated by many, the appliance’s darker side—the mountains of unrecyclable waste—is equally abhorred by sustainably-minded folks. Fortunately, alternatives have been popping up on the market that allow you to keep enjoying that hot cup of coffee when you want it while reducing plastic waste and capturing the used coffee grounds for compost.
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Food System

The Rise of Community Food Forests

Aug 29th, 2018 | By Catherine Bukowski and John Munsell

In the past six years, the number of community food forests has grown from a handful to more than 70. But what are community food forests, and why are they capturing the imagination of people in neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the United States?
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Food System

Why Ozone Levels Pose a Challenge to Food Security

Aug 9th, 2018 | By Divya Pandey, AXA Research Fund; Lisa Emberson, University of York, and Sofie Mortensen, Stockholm Environment Institute

Ozone is a well-known and interesting gas. It is thought of as a “good” gas when present in the stratosphere, where it forms the ozone layer sitting 15 to 30 kilometers above Earth that protect life from detrimental ultraviolet radiation.
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Can Reducing Light Pollution Help Pollinators?

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

Planting pollinator gardens, avoiding pesticide use, and buying local honey are important actions you can take to support pollinators, but here’s another idea to add to the list: reducing light pollution.
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Food System, Eco Living

Why You Should Plant a Front Yard Veggie Garden

May 31st, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

If you’ve wanted to start growing food but don’t have much space, the answer may be right in front of you — your front yard, that is. Front yard vegetable gardens are a growing trend. Nevertheless, some people don’t even consider growing food in the front yard because they think it might look messy or lead to neighbor complaints. Those folks should think again, says Natalie Carver, horticultural director for Love and Carrots, a company that designs, installs, and maintains urban vegetable gardens for homeowners throughout the Washington D.C. metro area.
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Food System, Innovation

The Future of Burgers

May 25th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

If you follow food trends, it seems that we’re having a reckoning with the all-American hamburger right now. Here’s a look at the changing burger landscape, just in time for Memorial Day.
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Food System

Believe it or not, it may be illegal to grow your own food

Apr 30th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

The city and town names may change, but the stories are strikingly similar. Every year, new tales of urban gardeners who are cited for “illegally” growing food in their yards or on vacant lots bubble up. Find out how some home gardeners are fighting these charges, and what you can do if your front yard garden get cited.
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Food System

The Way Cheap Food Feeds Big Hunger and Inequality

Mar 16th, 2018 | By Andy Fisher

Is the growing trend of using food waste as a hunger solution ignoring the more complicated questions of why we produce and waste so much food in the first place? Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger, argues yes.
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Food System, Eco Living

Seed Sharing in the Age of Climate Change

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

Sharing seeds is the age-old practice of saving seeds from your own plants and sharing them with others. At first glance, it can seem like a quaint hobby, but seed saving and sharing can actually be an act of building resilience.
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Food System

Super Bowl LII Aims to Score Zero for Waste

Jan 23rd, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

No matter who wins the Feb. 4 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, this year’s Super Bowl LII will be a victory for the green sports movement. If all goes according to plan, it will be a “zero-waste” Super Bowl. Here's how they're doing it.
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