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The Perennial Plate: Carolina Gold

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In South Carolina, a seed farmer and a chef lead the return to age-old ingredients and methods

In Carolina Gold, a new episode of the excellent sustainable food series The Perennial Plate, we get a fascinating look at a renaissance in Southern cooking, with heirloom grains playing a starring role. Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills is leading the heritage food movement in South Carolina, supplying chefs like Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady's in Charleston. After filming Roberts at the Anson Mills......read more

Gold Panda, "Marriage"

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Feel good visual vibes by Ronni Shendar.

British beat wiz Gold Panda checks in with a new video for "Marriage" featuring not much more than some friendly looking folks holding lanterns. Doesn't sound that interesting, but for such a simple, narrative-free video, it's actually really good times. Directed by Israeli video artist, Ronni Shendar. Stream GP's just-released Marriage EP on Soundcloud....read more

Moneyless Invades the Bay Area with Yarn Sculptures

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Geometric installations pop up around San Francisco and Oakland.

Italian artist Moneyless, known for his 3D geometric installations constructed from yarn and string, was in San Francisco recently for the Linear Empires show at White Walls Gallery. Evidently he took some time to ramble around the Bay Area and craft some uncommissioned works in the great outdoors. The angular sculptures consist of straight clean lines arranged in spatially organized webs that......read more

Golden Rice: Good or Bad?

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A group of activists destroy a 'Golden 'Rice' crop in the Philippines, adding fuel to the GMO debate

Earlier in August, a group of protestors descended on a rice field in the Bicol region of the Philippines, smashing down the fence surrounding it before uprooting the crop. Their target: "Golden Rice," so-called because its yellow tint belies the presence of beta carotene, which it has been genetically engineered to produce. Beta carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A, deficiencies of which are......read more

Cloudware Bowls by Haand

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Handcrafted, contemporary ceramics inspired by North Carolina skies $35.00

Operating from a 120-year-old farmhouse in Orange County, North Carolina, Haand creates high quality, handmade homewares that are functional and elegant in equal measure. These slipcast Cloudware Bowls are our favorites among many amazing pieces. Inspired equally by historic Wedgwood Jasperware and the sky in North Carolina, the powder blue bowls are each one of a kind thanks to the casting......read more

Bowerbirds, "Tuck the Darkness In"

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Melancholy vibes abound in this beautiful new video for North Carolina folk trio

Bowerbirds' uniquely pastoral folk sound gets an appropriately-themed video in this clip for new single "Tuck the Darkness In." Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, the video finds a doe-eyed boy considering the lives of fish after he catches a couple and feels terrible about it. He goes on to observe the sea creatures in a variety of habitats, mournfully coming to terms with what he did. It's......read more

Middleton Made Knives

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Artfully-crafted chef's knives, handmade in South Carolina by bladesmith Quentin Middleton $240.00

Master Blandesmith Quentin Middleton, the man behind the expertly crafted Middleton Made Knives, owes a weird debt of gratitude to Arnold Schwarzenegger, since it was the Governator's 1982 pulp classic Conan the Barbarian that inspired a young Quentin to get into bladesmithing in the first place. Well thank you, Arnie, because these are among the finest kitchen tools we've......read more

Golden Bowl

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From Creel and Gow $150.00

Flecked with bits of fossilized stone, this palm-size piece from Creel and Gow, one of New York’s most interesting curiosity shops, is delicate and lovely but also quite versatile: at home on a vanity or coffee table, holding small treasures or nothing at all....read more

Berta Caceres, Honduran Indigenous Environmental Leader Assassinated

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She Had Won Goldman Environmental Prize

Honduran indigenous and environmental organizer Berta Cáceres has been assassinated in her home. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras. In 1993 she co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). For years the group faced a series of threats and repression. According to Global Witness, Honduras has......read more

El Nino may not be able to save California

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The Golden State issues statewide water restrictions as it prepares for the worst drought in its history

California has imposed statewide water-use regulations for the first time as its three-year drought worsens. Yesterday, state regulators approved stringent new measures limiting outdoor water, which include $500 fines for using an outdoor hose without a shut-off nozzle. Meanwhile, hopes that the drought would break by autumn have been tempered. The National Weather Service’s Climate......read more

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