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Sustainable Food Trends 2011

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The top shifts in cooking and eating over the past year

With the skyrocketing popularity of farmers' markets, urban gardening, and foraging, 2011 has been a banner year in the sustainable food movement. Those three activities get no shortage of coverage here on SHFT, but this year has also been a standout for plenty of less heralded trends in the burgeoning realm of sustainable food. At Grist, Twilight Greenaway lays out a few of her favorites of......read more

Young Farmers: Jeff

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A young greenie leads the food shift

Our man Jeff is an expert gardener who attributes his interest in growing his own food to his family, for whom eating healthy, organic and local has always been par for the course. In this episode, we roll with Jeff to his garden plot, where he treasure hunts for potatoes and weird Siamese twin cucumbers. Then we get a glimpse of his first-rate grilling skills, as he cooks up fresh veg from......read more

Young Farmers: Willa

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A green-thumbed high school student shows off her impressive veggie garden

You know something is embedded in your brain once you start dreaming about it. For Willa, another of our Young Farmers, that would include her garden, the subject of a recent dream (nightmare?) involving some missing lettuce. Now in high school, the enthusiastic planter has been at the gardening game for many years, thanks to her mom and grandma, who got her into plants early on. Here, we......read more

Young Farmers: Mitch

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With his gardening business thriving, Mitch discusses what planting means to him

In this episode of Young Farmers, we visit with young gardening enthusiast and erstwhile SHFT contributor Mitchell Flexo, whose experience in college ignited his eco ideals, not to mention his curiosity about growing food. With no childhood planting experience, Mitch was left to his own devices in transforming his yard into a garden. Now, he has his own little gardening business, helping......read more

Young Farmers: Edgar

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A young Angeleno transforms his passion for plants into a job

For our final episode of Young Farmers, allow us to introduce you to Edgar, a young Angeleno who extended his passion for plants into a job that's as rewarding as any we've ever heard of: converting empty lots into community gardens. Edgar, we learn, is a man who was born to plant; when  his mom was pregnant with him, she craved eating dirt. Yes, dirt. And so Edgar's fate was sealed. Now,......read more

A Taste of Vietnam

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A culinary chronicle of Vietnam from The Perennial Plate

We're admittedly a bit late to the table on this on The Perennial Plate, a weekly web series documenting a foodie couple's adventures in sustainable eating. It's downright delicious. For "A Taste of Vietnam," TPP's Daniel Klein and Mirra Find ate their way through the Southeast Asian country for two weeks, exploring the hidden corners of Vietnamese cuisine. The fast-paced clip......read more

The Beekeeper

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A Made By Hand profile of rooftop beekeeping in Brooklyn

Created by Brooklyn filmmaker Keith Ehrlich, the excellent web series Made By Hand profiles various pockets of artisinal activity around New York City. The latest episode departs from the black-and-white look of the first two episodes, with a beautifully shot, sun-soaked view of a rooftop beekeeping operation in Brooklyn. Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it......read more

The Meat Question

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Can you eat meat with a clear environmental conscience? Mitchell Flexo puts the query to pasture

What you eat matters. Not only for your health, but for the health of the environment too. As more people begin to realize the seriousness of the climate change issue they are looking for ways they can make a difference. What we eat has a huge effect on the climate. So let's take a fork and knife to the omnivore/vegetarian/vegan debate and and see what it's all about.The conventional system of......read more

Whole Foods to Halt Sale of Unsustainable Fish

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Grocer announces plan to stop selling 'red-rated' seafood

As of April 22 (aka Earth Day 2012), Whole Foods shoppers will no longer be able to purchase fish pulled from depleted waters or collected through unsustainable means.  The Austin, TX-based retailer will no longer stock fish and other seafood rated red, as in "avoid," by a color code established in partnership with the Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. That includes......read more

The Big SHFT: Alice Waters, Food Revolutionary

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Meet the the woman who transformed American fine dining

Today, Alice Waters is the queen bee of sustainable food movement. But it was flavor, not sustainability, that led the owner of Chez Panisse to local, organic food. Since founding the Berkeley eatery 40 years ago, Alice has helped inspire nothing short of a culinary revolution. These days, you won't find her in the restaurant's kitchen because she is too busy heading up the Chez Panisse......read more

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