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Brooklyn Informed: Peter's Secret Garden

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Home is where the health is.

Food doesn't get any more local than when you can plant, pick, cook, and eat it all within a space of about five feet. That's the exactly the situation that building manager Peter Malerba finds himself in. The longtime Brooklyn resident takes advantage of having open access to a vast rooftop by growing a variety of organic delights every summer. But like a good Brooklynite, Malerba......read more

Walgreens Confronts 'Food Deserts'

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Company plants 'food oases' in a low-income Chicago communities, with a baked-in infrastructure to scale up fast.

It doesn't take a science genius to figure out why so many Americans are overweight. For every store that sells fresh produce, there are fifty fast food joints and just as many convenience stores that sell chips and pop. There are neighborhoods in this country where it's nearly impossible to buy an apple. The problem is big enough that those communities have earned their own unhealthy......read more

More Green, Less Crime

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Want to improve the health of people your 'hood? Just clean and green the vacant lots, says new study

It goes without saying that a vacant lot looks a far sight better with abundant greenery than filled with trash and dirt. But, aesthetics aside, greened lots may also be better for the health of people living nearby. At Fast Co Exist, Andrew Price points us to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania, which studied the health impacts of Philadelphia's vacant lot greening......read more

Eco and Health Advocates Weigh in on Farm Bill

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Legislative delay means there's time for revisions

Some U.S. farmers are paid to leave their land wild; others are compensated when weather devastates their cultivated land. Still others receive money when crop prices drop -- all from the same federal funds set aside through the current Farm Bill. To call it the "Farm Bill," however, is something of a misnomer. The federal government's primary agricultural and food policy legislation......read more

Smile Squared Toothbrush

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The buy-one-give-one kids' toothbrush, crafted from sustainable bamboo $5.95

This kids' toothbrush from the newly launched Smile Squared comes with an array of feel-good benefits. The toothbrush itself is made of biodegradable,  BPA-free bamboo, so it won't contribute to the estimated 50 million pounds of toothbrushes tossed in American landfills every year. Even cooler perhaps is the buy-one-give-one program, in which Smile Squared donates an eco-friendly toothbrush......read more

Is Lyfe Kitchen the Sustainable McDonald's?

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Former Golden Arches execs look to bring health to fast food

The big dude with the tattoos and a bad case of five o’clock shadow served up a plate of roasted kabocha squash, organic brussels sprouts, and free-range chicken breast. None of this would have been worth noting had the dish been just another locavore delicacy, prepared by just another hipster chef, during just another lunch hour here among the food-obsessed in Palo Alto,......read more

SXSW Eco Recap: Caring About Food is a Responsibility

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There is a lot more to food awareness than foodie blogs, explains Anna Brones

"Food is life."I have been known to say a similar thing, but when it came from the mouth of a Ugandan farmer, the words were more powerful than I could ever make them.Sitting to the right of Constance Okollet on a panel titled Food Anthropology at SXSW Eco in Austin last week, I was humbled as she emphasized what food meant to her and her community. Okollet is  peasant farmer from Osukuru......read more

The Healthy Fast Food Shift

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Mark Bittman looks at the emerging trend of healthful fast food

No longer oxymoronic, healthy fast food is starting to become a reality. We're not quite talking the scale of McDonalds yet, but with Chipotle, Veggie Grill, and others starting to proliferate, and with a general public desire to eat healthier, it's not just the coasts that are going in this direction. In this week's issue of NYT Magazine, food writer Mark Bittman explores the emerging trend of......read more

The Juice Rush

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Could cold-pressed juice conquer America? Entrepreneurs and investors are banking on it

No longer just the drink of choice for raw-food zealots or juice-cleansing Hollywood celebs, cold-pressed juice is going mainstream. And we're not talking about grocery store OJ. Cold-pressed juice, made by pulverizing mounds of ingredients like kale, beets, ginger, spinach and kohlrabi, is thick and dense and rarely tastes or smells appealing. But the perceived health benefits are immense, and......read more

Food Tripping Helps You Find Good Food

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Our new app is out and ready to point you to the best food options while you're on the go

We're thrilled to announce the Earth Day launch of Food Tripping, an app that locates great food options wherever you are. Find the closest eateries, juice joints, farmers’ markets, microbreweries, and more. Driving in America, you see signs for fast food at every exit. But how do you find the better spots? Food Tripping shows you great options close to you with a fun, simple interface......read more

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