• This Week in Eco News - July 25, 2014

    This week, how we manage our food, water and energy resources - keeping them clean, conserving for the future - was a theme throughout many news stories. It reminded us, again, of the important connections between them. (Something to contemplate while appreciating the power of a waterfall!)

  • Our Heroes: The Newhalls and Joneses of Windy N Ranch

    Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."

  • Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Salmon

    There is perhaps no fish more prized, beloved, revered, fought over - or exploited - than salmon. In this special two-part series, we take a deeper look at what makes salmon tick, its current state of affairs and the future, with an emphasis on environmental highs and lows - and unknowns.

  • California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

    California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

  • In the Heat of the Summer, Sweating Outdoor Water Use

    While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.

This Week in Eco News - July 25, 2014

This week, how we manage our food, water and energy resources - keeping them clean, conserving for the future - was a theme throughout many news stories. It reminded us, again, of the important connections between them. (Something to contemplate while appreciating the power of a waterfall!)

Our Heroes: The Newhalls and Joneses of Windy N Ranch

Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Salmon

There is perhaps no fish more prized, beloved, revered, fought over - or exploited - than salmon. In this special two-part series, we take a deeper look at what makes salmon tick, its current state of affairs and the future, with an emphasis on environmental highs and lows - and unknowns.

'Groceryships' Could Set a Course for Healthy Eating

While access to fresh, healthy food is important to changing dietary trends, it's only one piece of the puzzle. A new project in South Los Angeles has set out to prove that another piece of the puzzle -- educating people how to cook whole foods -- can work wonders.

10 Simple Tips for an Energy Efficient Summer

As we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to refresh yourself with some easy ways to save energy while staying cool. Here are ten tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money at the same time.

This Week in Eco News - July 18, 2014

Like us, you're probably eager to get your hands on more summer bounty at the farmers' market. While there, have you also bought local eggs? Some food for thought this weekend along with our other food, water and energy Eco News!

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Lavender

Blooming lavender fills summer air with a voluptuous, calming fragrance, an aroma often found in perfumes, lotions and soaps - but this herb is more than an olfactory delight. Lavender can make a splash at the kitchen table in beverages, jams and even as seasoning on meats. Take a deep breath and dive into cooking with lavender.

Let's Kill ''Natural''

The "natural" label claim epitomizes everything that's wrong with our food labeling laws - now a new report by Consumer Reports is calling on the USDA and FDA to kill off one of the most misleading - and downright contemptible - claims you'll find on food packaging today.

In the Heat of the Summer, Sweating Outdoor Water Use

While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.

This Week in Eco News - July 11, 2014

It's a Midsummer Night's Break for our Eco News team. We'll be back with our usual food, water and energy news briefs roundup next Friday. In the meantime, here are a readers' treasury of the most popular posts on Ecocentric so far in 2014.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Oregano & Marjoram

Oregano and marjoram have a deeply entwined history. In fact, the name oregano is often used to refer to marjoram and vice versa. Confused? Don't be. We'll give you the scoop on these closely related herbs that bring a sweet and savory kick to meats and vegetables and why they're known as ancient symbols of love and happiness.

Real Food Icons: Introducing ''Emojis for Foodies''

Back in March, we organized an event - in partnership with the Noun Project and Mother Jones - that brought together designers, food experts and concerned citizens, to create food and farming icons to donate to the public domain, with an eye toward leveling the marketing playing field for smaller producers, if only a little.

In World Cup of Environmental Footprints, Tops Not Boss

The 2014 World Cup has been a great success as the finals draw near. Although knocked out earlier, the United States has few if any peers in the World Cup of large "environmental footprints." The problem is, winning that Cup is no triumph.

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