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To Save the Planet, Save the Seas

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Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

For the many disappointments of the recent climate talks in Copenhagen, there was at least one clear positive outcome, and that was the progress made on a program called Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Under this program, key elements of which were agreed on at Copenhagen, developing countries would be compensated for preserving forests, peat soils, swamps and fields......read more

A Year on the Road: Cold Mountain

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Slowing down to the speed of the season

I became entranced with the mountains as a child and I often find myself venturing into the forest for the heaviest part of any season. It’s there that I always find the densest, purest form of nature. Trees and whole mountainsides showcase the cold stillness of winter collectively in a deafening silence. In a world that moves so fast, slow down to the speed of the season if only for a......read more

Seasonal Eats: Asparagus

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In the debut of her new food column, Ashley McLaughlin serves up two simple recipes for one of the great, green veggies

There may be no better way to eat than with the seasons. That's the time when food is at its peak in both freshness and flavor. The time when foods can be grown locally. When you can avoid eating fruits and vegetables shipped from halfway around the globe, which have ripened on their journey to your grocery store. Not only will seasonal food taste better, you will be causing less impact on the......read more

Seasonal Eats: Rhubarb

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Spring brings rhubarb, a versatile veggie (or fruit?) with plenty of culinary applications

Last week you learned a little bit about asparagus. So what’s next on the list for seasonal eats? Rhubarb!Another vegetable (or is it a fruit?) that pops up in early spring in many locations around the globe.  Before writing this piece, I will admit I had never cooked with or tasted rhubarb ever before. I knew that it looked like a mix between celery and red chard but that it’s......read more

Alice Waters: 40 Years of Sustainable Food

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Veteran SF chef celebrates Chez Panisse's anniversary

To most of us, the sustainable food movement is a relatively recent phenomenon. But to chef/author/food activist Alice Waters, it began four decades ago, before "sustainability" was even a word. That's when she opened Chez Panisse, the Berkeley eatery that helped pioneer the now-popular concept of serving local, organic, seasonal food. Over the last forty years, Waters and Chez Panisse have......read more

Rooting Around

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Versatile root veggies are a great way to eat local and seasonal in the winter

Believe it or not, there was a time not too long ago when the only root vegetables anyone ate were carrots and potatoes. Thankfully, as Mark Bittman points out at NYT Mag, that's changed, "in part because it was all wrong; in part because if you’re going to eat seasonal and local, you are going to eat roots in winter, even if you live in California; and in part because roasted root......read more

Celebrating Summer Squash and Zucchini in Season

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David Tanis doles out his favorite recipe for The New York Times

We've been picking zucchini, squash and squash blossoms for the past two weekends here in California (Santa Barbara to be exact), and there's nothing that says summer mroe than stuffing a squash blossom or creating a dish out of the meat of the stuff.  David Tanis lets us in on his zucchini and squash blossom sufflee recipe.   Suddenly it is summer at the market. Make a wish for a......read more

Polish Autumn: Photos by Kacper Kowalski

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An amateur photog takes to the sky to show the visual grandeur of shifting seasons

If you assumed Poland was a visually drab place, these aerial photos from Kacper Kowalski are sure to change your mind. Flying from paragliders and geoplanes, Kowalski captures the onset of fall of the Polish countryside, as the forest erupts in a riot of colors and lakes appear as bright blue smudges on the landscape. Born in 1977, Kowalski is a graduate of the Technical University of......read more

Seasons by Tatsuyasu Watanabe

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Japanese photographer depicts the quieter side of life in his homeland

When we think of Japan, the first image that comes to our heads is the urban frenzy of Tokyo, lights crashing and shimmering across the megapolis. But there is of course a quieter, more rural side of Japan, and photographer Tatsuyasu Watanabe captures it beautifully in images on film. Watanabe, whose photos we spotted on the OEN (currently offline getting revamped), is a trained architect who......read more

A Year on the Road: Apple Annie's Orchard

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Making the most of Arizona's bountiful apple season

The fruits of the autumn season have ripened across the United States over the last few months. Having missed apple season on the East Coast by a matter of weeks, I decided to find an apple orchard in my unlikely location - Arizona. Little could I imagine what I'd find once I started looking. During a stopover in Tucson for some car repairs, I decided to venture out one Sunday in search of the......read more

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