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Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

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City sees increasing access to fresh food, but lots of work still needed

With First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago to address the city's food desert problem, a report [PDF] released this week shows that the amount of people without easy access to fresh, healthy food is down 40 percent over the last five years. Still, an estimated 384,000 Chicagoans -- mostly African-Americans, 124,000 of which are children -- live in food desert neighbourhoods. There is no......read more

Sesame Kale Salad

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Delicious Asian-style goodness from Fresh 365

If you grow veggies, kale is a no-brainer. It's super hardy and easy to grow, and you can grow choice varieties and harvest the fresh leaves when they are young and tasty. We're working on finding the best kale dishes around. This Sesame Kale Salad comes from Erin at Fresh 365, who made it from a bunch of leftover kale from her CSA. It worked out so well, she's going to seek out......read more

Coway Air Purifier

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Who said air purifiers have to be ugly? $499.00

Why can't an air purifier enhance the look of a space? Does it have to look like an industrial cooling fan? Venerated product design agency IDEO blows those questions out the window with its sleek, modern design for the Coway AP-1008CH, an air purifier whose aesthetics are matched only by its performance. Featuring realtime pollution indicators and an intelligent purification system, the......read more

Fresh Guacamole

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Charmingly bizarre stop-motion film by PES

Talented animator PES follows up on his 2008 stop-motion hit "Western Spaghetti" with another wildly creative video. Featured as part of Showtime’s Short Stories series,"Fresh Guacamole" demonstrates how to make the Mexican avocado dip using unusual non-food items. There is no shortage of suprises, including an avocado coming in the form of a hand grenade, and a baseball......read more

Herb Savor Pods by Prepara

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Keep herbs fresh and flavorful longer with these easy-to-use kitchen gadgets $25.00

When prepping a meal, there's no substitute for fresh herbs. But the problem with fresh herbs, of course, is that they rarely stay fresh for long. Enter Prepara's ingenious Herb Savor Pod, which prolongs the life of fresh herbs by up to three weeks. A refillable water well provides a home for herb stems while the clean, modern form showcases the natural beauty of the plants within. The pods are......read more

Mysqueeze Citrus Squeezer

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Your kitchen's new main squeeze. $67.00

Miami design retailer Arango offers no shortage of beautiful functional objects for the home. The Mysqueeze Citrus Squeezer, designed by Roland Kreiter and produced by Alessi, is but one example. The torpedo-shaped sculptural object was a winning entry in mydeco’s “Pure Creativity” competition juried by Philippe Starck. The symmetrical Mysqueeze design fits perfectly into both......read more

Fresh Water Swimming Pool for London Cleansed by Plants, Not Chemicals

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From Rotterdam Studio, Ooze Architects, and Artist Marietta Potrc

Londoners will have a freshwater, natural pool at their disposal in King's Cross beginning in May. Designed by Rotterdam Studio, Ooze architects and artist Marietica Potrc the chemical-free outdoor pool is the first of its kind in the UK.  The King’s Cross Swimming Pool is a manmade, freshwater pond kept clean and filtered through natural processes. At forty meters long, the pool will......read more

FreshPaper by Fenugreen

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Protect food organically with this biodegradable paper $4.99

Food waste is a big problem, and we're all guilty of it. Besides being a waste of money, time and energy, unused food that ends up in landfills is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases.  Enter Fenugreen FreshPaper, a sheet of herb-infused paper that inhibits mold and bacteria growth when slipped into a bowl of fruit, pantry, or vegetable drawer. Developed by entrepreneur......read more

Jonathan Safran Foer on Meat

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Breathtaking photos of East African wildlife.

In Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book "The Eating of Animals" the lauded novelist dives deep into the complex morality of eating meat. An avowed vegetarian, Foer stops short of preaching the vegan way of life, but presents some pretty damning testimony about factory farms and the lives of animals raised on them. The Atlantic correspondant Jeffrey Goldberg had a discussion with Foer......read more

Alter Eco: Outstanding In The Field

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For artist and chef Jim Denevan, ephemeral land art and sustainable food provide the same charge.

In this clip from ALTER ECO, Denevan discusses his work cooking impromptu meals from local ingredients and making temporal art in the sand....read more

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