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University Student Sues Alaska Over Climate Change

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College freshman Nelson Kanuk takes the state to court for not adequately addressing global warming

To witness first-hand the dramatic consequences of climate change, perhaps the best (or worst) place to go is Barrow, Alaska--the northernmost town in America. There, on Alaska's north coast, sea ice is thinning, permafrost is melting, river banks are eroding, warm water fish species are showing up in nets, and extreme coastal storms are forcing residents to move inland. Finding food has become a......read more

Orbiting Garden by Garden Fresh Farms

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City bus-sized urban farming contraption can produce 50 pounds of basil a day

Imagine a sustainable farm that is about the size of a city bus and is capable of producing fifty pounds of basil per day. Not only is that possible, you could help make it a reality in your community. Garden Fresh Farms is a St. Paul, Minnesota-based sustainable agriculture company that is trying to raise funds to build more of their Orbiting Gardens. Their Kickstarter......read more

Hell's Kitchen Farm Project

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NYC farming program uses church roof to grow fresh produce

Hallelujah! A baptist church in a neglected Manhattan neighbourhood has entered the urban farming game, with a 1,000 square foot rooftop garden that's producing abundant fruit and veg for the church's busy food pantry. Located in Hell's Kitchen between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel, the Metro Baptist Church is as far removed from rural farm life as it gets. But with......read more

Farmscape Opens Rooftop Garden in Downtown LA

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Fresh produce project takes urban farming to new heights

Farmscape, California's largest urban farming operation, has recently launched what may be its most ambitious project to date: a 200-square-foot custom garden on the roof of The Jonathan Club in Downtown Los Angeles. Completed in December, the garden provides fresh, organic produce for chefs working in the kitchen of the private social club. Writing for LAist, Lauren Lloyd sums it......read more

Sweet Corn Ceviche

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Seasonal sweet corn put to refreshing use by Sprouted Kitchen

Of the few great food blogs out there dedicated to local, organic fare, Sprouted Kitchen is tops. Every week, Sara Forte dishes up easy and delicous recipes with stunning photography courtesy of her husband, Hugh. For those of you still hanging on the last shreds of summer, Sara's Sweet Corn Ceviche is just the creation you've been waiting for. But act quick. Corn season just wrapped up, so this......read more

Summer Picnic Libation: Cucumber Lemon Vodka

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Catch the summer spirit with this refreshing, boozy beverage

In the heat of summer, is there anything more refreshing than cucumber water? Nope. Add some booze to the mix and you have the perfect drink for a summer picnic. Well, not quite. Seattle designer and blogger Jean Lee has created a Cucumber Lemon Vodka Drink that might be the best-looking summer drink we've ever seen. Design*Sponge has the recipe.  Ingredients (makes......read more

Jam On It

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Shawn Traylor's fig jam is fre-fre-fre-freshhhh.

Bum. Bum. Bum. Bum. Bumpabum bum bum.Jam on it. (Yeah yeah, we know, we know) - Newcleus Like many of you, my first encounter with figs was of the packaged elf-made snack food variety. And like some (and I’m guessing fewer) of you, my first encounter with JAM was the aforementioned 1983 NYC electrofunk classic. See, in Louisiana we were always about JELLY. I jest. About the jam, I mean.......read more

"Eat Fresh" Indeed

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A Japanese Subway location experiments with growing its own lettuce.

It is a rare occasion that you'll find a post on SHFT commending the fast food industry, which gets a general fail for its heavy footprint and for pushing products of dubious nutritional value. In Japan, a busy Subway location in Tokyo is making a move in the right direction, with a new, enclosed hydroponic garden for growing lettuce. Adding truth to the Subway tagline "Eat Fresh,"......read more

Can Desalination Solve World Water Woes?

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New technologies offer promise for expensive process of making saltwater fresh.

"Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."- Samuel Coldridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1798 There may be plenty of water on our blue planet, but the vast majority (almost 98%) is unfit for human use. Today, an estimated three hundred million people now meet their water needs with water that is too salty to drink. And the situation isn't getting any better.......read more

Common Threads

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Patagonia's garment recycling program turns worn-out clothes into fresh new wear.

Patagonia has never been one to follow the pack when it comes to greening business operations. The Ventura, CA company’s Common Threads Garment Recycling program, which transforms unusable garments into new clothing, is a great example. Launched in 2005, Common Threads accepts worn out fleece (from any manufacturer), as well as Patagonia cotton T-shirts and some additional polyester and......read more

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