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What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

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Latest amendment contains small victories for the sustainable food movement, big losses for Big Food

Elizabeth Kucinich for the Huffington Post: The purpose of the Farm Bill is to balance the immediate needs of feeding the country with the long term goal of ensuring a sustained food supply. In order to unite the interests of both urban and rural communities, the Farm Bill combines food assistance for our fellow country men, women and children in need, along with longer term agricultural......read more

Viesso Koper

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Rustic end table crafted in Los Angeles from reclaimed Douglas Fir $585.00

The Los Angeles-based furniture mavens at Viesso are squarely on team green. The company's commitment to local and recycled materials is on full display in this playful end table, called Koper (spotted on Inhabitat). The piece is made from reclaimed Douglas Fir beams collected from buildings in Los Angeles that were set to be torn down. The salvaged beams have been cut and neatly stacked to......read more

New Year's Resolutions For Big Food

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Among them: GMO labeling, seafood mislabeling, ingredient disclosure

Alison Spiegel for the Huffington Post: It was a big year for Big Food. More fast food chains pledged to stop using gestation crates. Country of origin rules -- mandating that meat suppliers label where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered -- took effect. A major food corporation and a fast food chain announced they would stop using artificial dye in some of their products. Despite......read more

Macro Snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

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Up-close images of snow crystals show winter as you've never seen it before

With winter's official entrance last weekend, there's no better time to view through some incredible images of snow. Moscow photographer Alexey Kljatov captured these stunning macro photos of snowflakes using a homemade camera rig that he cobbled together with a working lens, a wooden board, some screws and old camera parts. The amateur setup pulls off photos you would expect from expensive,......read more

Giant 'Death Ray' Shield Proposed in Dallas

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Blossoming sculpture would protect important museum from scorching solar glare

Since opening in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas has catalyzed the development of a new neighbourhood in the city. But one of the buildings that the museum helped attract to the area has become its biggest threat. Museum Tower, a 42-story condo high-rise, is clad in a glassy exterior that reflects sunlight onto the Nasher property, killing plants and ruining art. The tower is the......read more

Losing Our Way in the World

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In the wake of tragedy, a Harvard physics professor undertakes to learn navigation through environmental clues

In 2003, John Edward Huth was kayaking off the coast of Maine when a thick fog rolled in and obliterated all sight of land. With no compass, he was forced to use natural clues--wind direction, the sound of waves hitting the shore--to guide himself back to safety. A few months later, he had a similar experience kayaking through fog in Nantucket Sound. The next day, news broke of a......read more

Gardens NYC: Melting Pot

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George Iliopoulos's garden thrives in Staten Island

Growing up on a farm in Greece, New York restauranteur George Iliopoulos learned a thing or two about growing food. At 12, he hopped on a ship and headed to America. He finally settled in Staten Island, where his garden now produces plenty of fresh veggies for his family's table. But it wasn't always easy; despite his understanding of farming, things didn't always grow like he thought they......read more

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food

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Writer Jo Robinson discusses the staggering trend of nutrient loss in fruits and vegetables

The sugary, "supersweet" corn we enjoy in summer bears little resemblance to its wild ancestor--a grassy plant called teosinte. With short spikes of grain instead of ears, teosinte has only 5 to 12 kernels in each spike and the kernels are encased in hard shells. High in starch, low in sugar, teosinte has 10 times more protein than the corn we eat today. The case of corn illustrates a much......read more

A Year on the Road: The Lone Star State

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Getting lost is easy in Texas

On March 2, the state of Texas celebrated its Independence Day, a victory that marked the boundaries of a state so proud and so grand in scale that everything really is bigger there. Having spent 8 years of my childhood living everywhere from the Valley on the border of Mexico to Dallas, I can definitely vouch for that as well as proudly declare my complex love for Texas.  In the spirit of......read more

Opportunity Lost

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Don't let dirty oil interfere with California's plans for a green economy. Vote NO on Prop 23.

Passed four years ago, California's landmark clean air law (AB 32) is designed to reduce air pollution that threatens human health and contributes to climate change. The law has launched California to the forefront of the clean-tech industry, sparking innovation and clean energy businesses that are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now, a coalition of out-of-state oil refiners are......read more

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