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

Organic vs. Conventional Farming

Jan 7th, 2013 | By Aubrey Yee

With organic foods often demanding a much higher price tag, it's important to understand whether those choices make a difference for your health or for the environment.
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Innovation

Real Time Farms

Oct 26th, 2012 | By Nicole Rogers

Real Time Farms makes it easy to eat local and make informed decisions about where your food comes from. It is a crowdsourced national food guide that helps users find certain foods grown or made in their area, and to add sources if they are lacking.
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Eco Living

The benefits of eating real food...

Sep 28th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

"The China Study" purports simple, straightforward advice for healthy eating - eat more plants and less animal protein. Turns out these words of wisdom are also beneficial for the environment and for reducing our energy and water use within the national food systems.
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Innovation

Weeding robots

Sep 26th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

Blue River Technology has created a weeding robot that could help to keep millions of pounds of herbicides out of the environment and out of our food.
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Food System

What is a factory farm?

Aug 8th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

A burger is a burger is a burger right? Well, not always so. Where and how your food was raised can make a distinct difference in the taste and nutritional quality of the food. But it’s also important to realize that the food system you choose to support every time you eat can make a difference. Large-scale industrial agriculture contributes to higher oil and fuel usage, more pesticide usage, loss of crop diversity, soil degradation and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
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Food System

The Whole Ox Deli

Jul 19th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

The local food movement has been gaining ground recently in the sunny city of Honolulu. At the forefront of the culinary shift are a few brave souls who believe in the power of combining locally sourced foods with creative menus and innovative restaurant concepts.
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Food System

Invasion of the Superweeds

Jul 18th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

What is a weed? According to Wikipedia, a weed is "A herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild and rank, and regarded as cumbering the ground or hindering the growth of superior vegetation..." A fitting description for the invasive superweeds currently inundating America's agricultural heartlands.
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Innovation

GMOs that prevent cancer

Jul 17th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

The debate over GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) rages on with ballot initiatives this election year addressing the issue of proper labeling on food products containing GMOs, and a new batch of superweeds that are resistant to the herbicides used on GMO crops plaguing farmers across the country.
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Food System

When you can't trust a label

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

Natural, organic, fair-trade, these are all labels on our food that we have come to trust, labels that we believe tell us our purchases are good for us, good for the environment, that the people who grew our food were treated well. But who sets the standards for the labeling and who keeps track of those standards if there are any?
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