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  • Pork-Queen Disasters and Unrelated Infamies: the Paula Deen Debacle

    I’ll make this short and sweet, because the subject matter is distasteful no matter how you slice it. But following a week or so of full-throttle media frenzy and public mea culpas, in which Paula Deen’s butter-soaked bacon-wrapped food empire seems to be doing a slow-motion crash-and-burn, the strangest aspect of the Paula Deen scandal seems to be what it isn’t. More

  • Full Planet, Empty Plates, Chapter 5: Eroding Soils Darkening Our Future

    The thin layer of topsoil that covers the earth’s land surface was formed over long stretches of geological time as new soil formation exceeded the natural rate of erosion. Sometime within the last century, soil erosion began to exceed new soil formation. Now, nearly a third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming, reducing the land’s inherent fertility. Soil that was formed on a geological time scale is being lost on a human time scale. More

  • Harvesting Justice 19: "The Revolution is Going to be Fought With The Hoe"- Agriculture and Environment in New Mexico

    Miguel Santistevan and his partner Margarita García are helping youth reclaim knowledge about traditions behind lands and waters. Sol Feliz Farm, Miguel’s grandfather’s house east of Taos, is an acre of spiral gardens, rock gardens, and straight rows. The farm’s Agriculture Implementation Research and Education (AIRE) project is capturing the imagination of an impassioned group of youth in northern New Mexico. More

  • The Survival of the Earth Depends on Frogs

    Healthy frogs means healthy humans. Jean-Marc Hero, a vertebrate ecologist specializing in conservation biology of amphibians, biodiversity assessment and monitoring, and conservation physiology explains that the survival of the Earth depends on frogs. The survival of frogs depends on humans.

    Today, there are more seven thousand species of amphibians in the world – more than six thousand of those species are frogs. With so many frogs, how can the survival of the planet depend on them? Well, in lots of ways. More

  • Save Your Vitamins From Regulation

    The folks at the Feingold Diet have yet again alerted me to important news. I received an email yesterday telling me that Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is planning to reintroduce his supplement bill, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act (S 1310). The act would allow the Food & Drug Administration to regulate dietary supplements like they […] More

  • Get Ready to Bust Some Heads: Population Growth Out-paces Global Food Production

    “Clearly, the world faces a looming agricultural crisis, with yield increases insufficient to keep up with projected demands,” says Jon Foley, author of a new study from the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. What that means, basically, is that we’re adding people faster than we’re adding the ability to feed […] More

  • Soylent Beef, Schmeat, and Whatever is in a McRib …

    Later this month, the people of London will get a chance to taste-test grilled schmeat. “Schmeat”, if you don’t know, is beef that came, not from a field, but from a lab! More precisely, it’s meat that came from a petri dish, and it may be soon more cost effective – and more environmentally friendly […] More

  • GMO Labeling Update: Chipotle Boldly Goes Where No Restaurant Has Gone Before!

    In a move guaranteed to energize food revolutionaries and annoy Monsanto executives, Chipotle becomes the first restaurant to label GMOs. The company also plans to reduce GMO-containing menu items by shifting from soybean to sunflower oil, and exploring other ingredient changes. Along with similar announcements earlier this year from Whole Foods, Ben & Jerry’s, and Target, Chipotle’s new policy reflects a trend that’s gaining ground like wildfire: people want GMO labeling, and non-GMO dining! More

  • The Benefits of Improving School Snacks

    In many schools, kids have access to snacks and beverages throughout the day from vending machines. Kids can also buy foods such as fries and cupcakes a la carte in the lunch line. But do kids really need fatty, sugary snacks available to them at all times? More

  • Renzo Piano Builds a Haute Shiver Shack For Off-the-Grid Singles

    Italian architect Renzo Piano has come up with a small, simple-living home design that could is less of a shiver shack and more of a one-person, off the grid castle – and, if you’re in the market for a “tiny house” and you have an eye for going off grid, you’ll want to pay attention, because it doesn’t get much better than this … More

  • The New Insteading is More Apocalypse-y and Awesome

    If this is your first time at, you’ll probably want to get a sense of what it’s all about. This site was started a few years ago as a means to promote a more organic, holistic, and “green” way of living that was presented as not just responsible, but actually better than the wasteful, […] More

  • Review Of Grills Gone Vegan By Tamasin Noyes

    According to our prevailing cultural narrative, summer is grilling season. In fact, well before the solstice you can count on smelling the inimitable scent of lighter fluid and charcoal. More

  • Art From Scrap: Ptolemy Elrington’s Hubcap Creatures

    Ptolemy Elrington makes sculptures from scrap material and runaway hubcaps. He lives in the British seaside town of Brighton, and has been crafting his Hubcap Creatures for twelve years. In this time Ptolemy has built a name for himself, and now there is enough demand for his work that he’s able to do it full-time. He is known for his animals, particularly fish, but can make just about anything, and sells to all kinds of people. More

  • Review Of Whole Grain Vegan Baking By Celine Steen And Tamasin Noyes

    I am a pretty stoic vegan, but I have to admit that I got very excited when I first learned about Whole Grain Vegan Baking, the latest book of vegan recipes by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes (the team that brought us Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!). After getting a crash course by starting Sunberry Baking Company with my wife, I have become fascinated by the science and art of vegan baking. More

  • Vegan Recipe: Cashew-Coconut Lentil Dal

    Rough day at work? Craving Indian food, but don’t feel like going out? This rich and filling dal tastes indulgent, without heavy prep work or restaurant expense. Serve with fresh naan, chutney, and jasmine or basmati rice, for a delicious luscious-but-low-hassle Indian feast! More

  • 11-Year-Old Makes School Lunch Documentary

    We’re big fans of school lunch reform around here, so I couldn’t resist sharing this trailer that I ran across! Fourth grader Zachary Maxwell used hidden cameras to document the underbelly of his school’s lunch program and used the footage to create a documentary about it. Here’s the trailer: More

  • Skinnygirl Exposed (Again): Not-So Naturally Flavored Vodkas

    Bethenny Frankel recently unveiled four new Skinnygirl flavors: Mojito, Sweet ‘n Tart Grapefruit Margarita, Moscato and White Cherry Vodka. And while all of them sound kind of suspect, I am particularly suspect about the “natural” flavored vodkas. As I wrote in Skinnygirl Wine Exposed, the Skinnygirl wine’s low-calorie positioning is nothing more than marketing and promotional bluster (low calorie […] More

  • Oxnard, California’s Café Nefola: Leading the Green Lunch Brigade

    Her name is Cynthia Neftin, and she is the owner of Oxnard, California-based Café Nefola, whose motto is “healthy, local, fresh and natural.” An additional tag line – “from fat to fit, this is it” – leaves returning customers and new visitors in no doubt as to the restaurant’s orientation. More

  • Top 10 Most Common GMO Foods

    Genetically modified food is already present in the supermarkets. We don’t always know which foods are GMO and which are non-GMO. Besides looking for label, here are 10 foods that are commonly GMO.

  • Calcium May Help You Live Longer

    From Natural Products Insider: According to new research in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, calcium supplementation of any kind may help women live longer. The study, led by McGill University in Montreal, found that calcium supplementation up to 1,000mg daily was linked to lower risk of death in women. The study’s […] More

  • Arkansas Sues ExxonMobil for Mayflower Spill

    On March 29, 2013, a pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas ruptured, spilling tar sands oil throughout the streets. The heavy bitumen soaked into the soil and made its way into local waterways. Six weeks later, ExxonMobil is not making much headway in cleaning up the spill. More

  • Five Grossest Items in Your Kitchen

    Wondering what the grossest items in your kitchen are? No? I don’t blame you. It’s not something I like to think about, either. Fortunately, there are professionals who concern themselves with gross stuff and they’re willing to tell us about it. More

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