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Happy Birthday Slow Food Movement

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International eco-gastronomic organization celebrates twenty years of fighting fast food.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the the international Slow Food Movement. Celebrants around the world took part in the first ever Terra Madre Day last Thursday, which marked two decades since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto in Paris in 1989. The manifesto laid the groundwork for the eco-gastronomic, member-supported non-profit, which is intended to revitalize local food traditions......read more

Hungry for Change

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Can foodies save the environmental movement?

It seems like one step forward, two steps back for the environmental movement these days. The once-high hopes of achieving national and/or international action on climate change have faded to a mere memory. Backward-thinking Republicans are attacking the Environmental Protection Agency in Congress. Eco-minded folks are getting bummed. But another movement, one that shares a common ethos with......read more

A Year on the Road: Singh Farms

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Hidden in an Arizona mesquite grove lies a fertile forest

If you thought no food ever grows in the desert, then allow me to share with you a place that will change your mind. You wouldn't know if from the freeway, but just off the 101 in Phoenix, Arizona there lies one of the most extraordinary farms the desert has ever seen. After I heard someone say it was the farm of their dreams, I knew I had to see it for myself.  A bustling farmer's market......read more

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

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Want to change food policy? Frame it as a public health issue

It may be tempting to thinking of the "food movement" as a homogeneous beast, but in reality it's made up of many different strands. From locavores and anti-obesity campaigners to environmentalists and small-scale farmers, there are many different groups that want to see changes in food culture and policy. And while their ideas and goals often overlap, they come at the dilemma from different......read more

Caribbean Oxtail Stew

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Strictly irie winter eats.

Ah yes, February, that regrettable time of year when, after several months of cold weather, you have to face the equally cold truth that Old Man Winter isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The easiest -- and most delicious -- way to transport yourself to warmer climes is via tropical cuisine. In this week's NYT Mag, Sam Sifton dishes up a recipe for a hearty Caribbean Oxtail Stew that's the......read more

gh3 architects: Photographer's Studio

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Eco-design in the Canadian Shield.

This compact glass form, designed by Toronto's gh3 architects, sits on a granite plinth at the edge of Stoney Lake, Ontario. With a transparent, north-facing facade that's continuously bathed in diffuse light, the structure is perfectly suited for its intended use as a photographer's studio. From the outset, ecological considerations factored into the design. The granite’s......read more

Nest: Ecologic Pavilion by Studio 1984

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Pastoral vibes abound in this low impact retreat in Alsace, France

With "Nest," Paris-based architects Studio 1984 have created a nature retreat that would make Thoreau and Emerson proud. Designed for the Archi 20 competition, the small pavillion pays homage to traditional agricultural structures in the French Alsace region where it was built. But while the reference to rural heritage is strong, the building features future-forward technical innovations in......read more

Fincube by Studio Aisslinger

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This sustainable, transportable home is the epitome of natural high-tech

Berlin-based architectural outfit Studio Aisslinger has created what may be the most stunning modular home ever built. The conceptual building, dubbed Fincube, is "nomadic" in the sense that it can be easily dismantled and reassembled on a new site. The prototype, pictured above, has been constructed near Bozen in Northern Italy, almost 4,000 feet above sea level, with the Dolomite......read more

Studio KCA: Head In the Clouds

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Designers Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang transform discarded containers into fluffy clouds

Every year in June, New York City’s Governors Island plays host to FIGMENT, an art and cultural festival that transforms the island a large-scale collaborative artwork. The 2013 edition will feature this winning sculptural entry from Studio Klimoski Chang Architects called "Head In the Clouds."  Riffing on the image of daydreaming in the park, designers Jason Klimoski......read more

Explaining the 'Pause' in Global Warming

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A cooler Pacific Ocean may account for the apparent slowdown in rising air temperatures

As more and more greenhouse gases are spewed into the atmosphere, it logically follows that the Earth is warming at a commensurate pace. Right? Not really. The pace of warming has in fact decreased since the 1980s, even as carbon emissions hit record highs. Skeptics like to point to this fact as proof that burning fossil fuels is not impacting the climate.  A new study published in Nature......read more

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