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Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

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Want to change food policy? Frame it as a public health issue

It may be tempting to thinking of the "food movement" as a homogeneous beast, but in reality it's made up of many different strands. From locavores and anti-obesity campaigners to environmentalists and small-scale farmers, there are many different groups that want to see changes in food culture and policy. And while their ideas and goals often overlap, they come at the dilemma from different......read more

Can Aquaponics Change the Way We Eat?

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Roman Gaus, CEO of UrbanFarmers, on the farming technique that may revolutionize our food system

The city farming movement conjures images of growers covered in soil, planting and picking in community or rooftop garden plots. But perhaps the most promising technique for urban agriculture involves pumps and pipes in squeaky clean labs. It's called aquaponics, and it may revolutionize the way we eat. In a piece for The Atlantic Cities, UrbanFarmers CEO Roman Gaus describes how it......read more

Tom Szaky: Large Retailers Hold Key to Change

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One of our Big SHFT subjects discusses the need for eco-preneurs to expand their vision

Tom Szaky for the Huffington Post: Since a young age, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started my first company -- a Web design firm -- at age 14. But quickly my focus turned to a much more universal problem -- garbage. Garbage has since become my life's work and what I am known around the world for -- at least in some circles! As the CEO of an environmentally focused company, I end up......read more

The Scientific Accident that May Change the World (of Batteries)

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Graphene super capacitor could make batteries obsolete

Researchers at UCLA have hit upon on a scientific breakthrough that promises to change the way power is stored. The research team has found a way to create a non-toxic, highly efficient super capacitor that can be charged quickly and will hold more electricity than standard batteries. What's more, the team may well have found a way to make that process scale up to mass-production levels. The......read more

RX Made For the Kickstarter Win

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Chicago's Rebuilding Exchange set to launch collection of upcycled furniture with Strand Design

On Chicago's west side, derelict and empty buildings are a regular aspect of the landscape. And when the buildings get demolished, the building materials are largely sent to landfills. Rebuilding Exchange, a Chicago nonprofit launched three years ago, intervenes in this waste stream to keep construction and demolition materials out of the landfill. According to their website, the outfit has......read more

Brower Youth Awards - Adarsha Shivakumar

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Adarsha Shivakumar a remarkable game-changer already

This Brower Youth Award video will inspire you. Adarsha is a remarkable young boy who, with the help of his family, initiated a way to make a dent in the climate change issues in India. After researching, he came upon a plant, jatropha, whihc can be used as a biofuel, and incorporated it with a mandate to empower women in india to help lift them out of poverty. This kid could seriously be a......read more

The Book That Changed Everything

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Fifty years since it was first published, 'Silent Spring' is remembered as the book that started the environmental movement

In September of 1962, the first edition of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" hit bookstore shelves. Fifty years and two million copies later, the book is widely regarded as the catalyst of the modern environmental movement.  In "Silent Spring," Carson wrote in eloquent and sometimes sentimental prose about effects of manmade pesticides on the natural world -- and on humankind. A scientific......read more

Can the 'Democratization Of Energy' Change Everything?

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Economist Jeremy Rifkin makes the case for a decentralized clean energy economy

Our economy is at a crossroads. Unemployment is rampant, consumer and government debt is spiralling out of control, and food prices are going through the roof. According to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, these are signals that the fossil fuel economy has reached the end of the line. In its place, decentralized systems of clean......read more

Nadav Kander: Yangtze, The Long River

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Chinese environmental change chronicled in prize-winning photo series

In his Prix Pictet-winning photo series Yangtze, The Long River, acclaimed photographer Nadav Kander documents the blistering pace of change on China's most famous waterway, along which more people live than in the entire United States. Using the river as a metaphor for constant change, Kander shot the landscape and people along the banks of the Yangtze, from mouth to source. Shot......read more

Trim the Waste of Fashion

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Competition pushes sustainable change in the fashion industry

We all love denim. But did you know that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce a single pair of jeans? True story. That, along with the other innumerable environmental sins of the fashion industry, is why "Trim the Waste of Fashion" is such a good idea. Created by Yoxi, a web platform that challenges startups to solve pressing problems (kind of like a Kickstarter for social good), Trim the......read more

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