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Hearty Greens

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Give greens a chance.

Leafy greens get a bum rap. You're not going to find many die-hard fanatics of kale or chard. Mention to your household that you're cooking turnip, mustard, collard or beet greens for dinner, and you're likely to be met with a scrunched up face or two. At the Portland Farmers Market Blog, we stumbled on a great post from Jane Pellicciotto, who offers some convincing arguments in......read more

An Essential One Pot Meal From Colombia

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Part stew, part soup, ajiaco is all hearty goodness

With Old Man Winter peering creepily from around the corner, we're on the hunt for hearty, healthy dishes that provide a lot of leftovers and allow us to hunker down for days. NYT food reporter Melissa Clark heeds our call with her interpretation of ajiaco, a Colombian chicken and beef stew/soup that's great for dinner parties and even better for a family meal. Check out the recipe......read more

LA Times Greenspace

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'Entourage's' Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer SHFT Hollywood green

When "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier was introduced to indie film producer Peter Glatzer a number of years back, their mutual commitment to eco-friendliness and sustainability compelled them to work together. They put together the show “Alter Eco” for Discovery’s Planet Green channel in 2008, a reality show about folks moving the needle on sustainability. The pair saw a hunger......read more

MNN: SHFT/Wired Pop Up Store

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Peter and Adrian share their favorite gift greens to give this holiday season.

Adrian Grenier, actor, and Peter Glatzer, producer, helped host the Wired party launching its Manhattan pop-up store, standing by a display of cool green products they'd selected. The co-creators of Alter Eco, the green living show on Discovery's Planet Green, looked delighted to be discussing an hybrid electric bicycle and an LED table lamp made with what looked like foam peanuts but......read more

The Waters of Greenstone

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Revel in the exceptional natural beauty that is New Zealand

Not that any of us need it, but for more proof that New Zealand is one of the most spectacularly scenic places on earth, have a look at this vid. Shot by Melbourne-based photographer Nathan Kaso, "The Waters of Greenstone" documents a three-week adventure through New Zealand’s South Island. Complete with video segments, timelapse sequences, and aerial footage, the video leisurely......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

The New Christmas Tree Economy

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A green shift is underway this holiday season. Sustainable evergreens are changing the way we buy Christmas trees.

Great piece in Design Observer from a couple months ago exploring the new economy of the Christmas tree, which is being redefined by growing environmental consciousness and recession frugality. Highlighting some of the tensions that exist in the Christmas ritual - pagan vs. Christian, natural vs. artifical - the essay goes on to underline some of the welcome trends in Christmas tree production......read more

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