Category Archives: Green Living

Fermenting Change

The ancient culinary craft of fermentation is bubbling up once again. Revived in workshops and community kitchens, fermentation has become one of the many “reskilling” projects taking place in grassroots cultures from Europe to the United States in response to economic and environmental drivers.

Let The Earth Be Your Valentine This Year

Valentine’s Day is approaching this Saturday—but few of us stop to think about the cost to the environment. Each year, millions of people celebrate by buying their husbands, wives, parents, children, and close friends cards, flowers, chocolates, and other treats. The industries that supply Valentine’s gifts are doing their best to provide you with symbols … Continue Reading ››

Green Beans Aren’t the Only “GREEN” This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, consider joining me in adding our planet to your list of things to be thankful for. Given all that the Earth provides for us (like the tasty food we’re about to enjoy), here are some ways you can make your Thanksgiving holiday more sustainable and give some appreciation back to our planet.
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5 Easy Ways to Chase Away Monsters (While Saving Energy)

Worldwatch sustainable living blog by Aaron Schwarze and Gaelle Gourmelon Cold winds are howling. Nights are getting longer. Are energy monsters creeping into your house? This Halloween, kick them out while preventing terrifyingly high power bills. Read these money-saving tips, and keep your home monster-free and energy-happy.
  1. VAMPIRES (and the cold) HATE SUNLIGHT
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Top 10 Jobs for Out of Work Environmentalists

Below is an essay I wrote for Adbusters’ “Big Ideas of 2047 issue.” It starts with the premise that we didn’t intentionally degrow to a sustainable future but are suffering through the ecological and economic collapse that seems more probable every day. Enjoy!

Now that the nonprofit environmental sector has for the … Continue Reading ››

World Environment Day 2013: Five Ways to Preserve Food and Prevent Waste

By Sophie Wenzlau

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day—celebrated today—is Think.Eat.Save., a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) campaign aimed at curbing food waste and food loss.

Approximately one third of the food produced for human consumption every year—roughly 1.3 billion tons—is lost or wasted in fields, grocery stores, and kitchens around … Continue Reading ››

Year in Review: 10 Things You Should Know about Food and Agriculture in 2012

By Sophie Wenzlau and Laura Reynolds

Although Aunt Mabel’s Christmas trifle might top your list of current food concerns, there are a few other things about U.S. food and agriculture worth considering as you look back on 2012, and forward to 2013:

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1. Farm Bill Deadlock. The 2008 Continue Reading ››

Five Tips for City Growers

By Molly Redfield

Asphalt-strewn streets and blank-faced skyscrapers dominate city landscapes. But in recent years, cities have also become places where anything from rooftop pumpkin patches to herb-crowded windowsills flourish. With the right ingredients—healthy soil, enough sunlight, plenty of water, seeds, and, of course, the space to throw it all together—it seems as if urbanites can … Continue Reading ››