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Earth (Hour) Night

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Try this at home.

Always well-informed on all things green design, the good folks at Inhabitat tipped us off on the Breezeway House, the certified by the ...read more

SHFT Natural Wine Tasting

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Organic food and sustainable wines at the pop up gallery/shop

Our first pop-up gallery and shop, which comes to a close this week, wound down with a small wine tasting by wine expert Jeffrey Meisel, who educated folks about natural, organic and bio-dynamic practices and brought an amazing and interesting sampling for us. Organic chef and cook-book author Anna Getty made crustinis with home made sun dried tomatoes on organic goat cheese; and Staci......read more

Monsanto Scores Legal Victory

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U.S. Supreme Court decision clears path for genetically modified alfalfa.

In the first ever U.S. Supreme Court decision on genetically modified crops, justices overturned a lower court’s ban on the planting of alfalfa seeds engineered to resist a Monsanto herbicide. The case is a win for the biotechnology industry, and potentially sets a precedent for future litigation on GM foods. Alfalfa is highly susceptible to being outcompeted by weeds, so it's important......read more

From the Farmbox

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Shawn Traylor takes a day away from his farmbox cooking odyssey to plant his very own Russian-style garden.

Taking a slight left turn at Albuquerque now, folks, so please remember to keep all arms, legs, and capes inside the vehicle. Today we’re going to change it up a little and forgo the usual cooking and talk a little about growing things that will be cooked at a future date uncertain.   As you may have learned from previous posts on this very Web log, I have the amazing fortune to be......read more

Backyard Chickens

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New trend in urban agriculture finds chickens coming home to roost.

As more and more people come to terms with the negative consequences of industrial food production, many are turning to backyard gardens and localizing their diets. Along with these changes, there has been growing interest in backyard chicken coops for their gifts of eggs and meat. In addition, chickens provide pest patrol, process compost for the garden, and provide a touch of our agrarian past......read more

Packaging Problems

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Recent Kellogg's cereal recall highlights growing awareness of chemicals leaching into food products.

Kellogg has recalled around 28 million boxes of cereal after the discovery that a potentially harmful chemical in the packaging may be leaching into some products. Recalled cereals include Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks, all of which have been found to possess a strange flavor and smell upon opening the boxes. The recall comes in the midst of growing public and government......read more

Senators Deliver Seeds to Arctic

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Chili peppers spice up remote seed vault.

Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties.......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-28-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

A wind power mega-project -- the largest in the country -- breaks ground in the Mojave Desert. The VeGZAtarian: Eater interviews Wu Tang's lyrical genius and resident raw food guru. In Fast Company, a great slideshow of EV chargers of the future may have been published just a little too soon. The small print: At a mere 220 square feet, the L41 is a subcompact home with a tiny footprint. ......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. But......read more

Farmers Markets Exploding

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In spite of exponential growth, farmers markets still only account for a tiny proportion of U.S. food economy.

Over at Grist, Bonnie Azab Powell reports that farmers markets are growing like weeds all over the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 6,132 farmers markets in the United States, a 16% increase from last year and a 214% increase from 2000. California leads the charge with 580 markets, followed by New York, Illinois, and Michigan. However, only one sixth of......read more

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