Leslie Hatfield serves as senior editor at GRACE, where she leads the communication department as well as the blog, Ecocentric. Leslie has also contributed to Alternet, The Huffington Post, Edible Chesapeake and The Ethicurean, and served as lead author of the publication Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for the Sustainable Food Movement. Originally from Washington State, Leslie earned her BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and an MA in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC.
Maybe February should be "Child Labor Month." With almost 60 million pounds of chocolate produced for Valentine's Day alone, and a great portion of that produced using child labor, you may want to step away from the chocolate display at your local drugstore and seek out some Fair Trade chocolate.
Whether you're an enthusiastic beginner or homemade candy pro, beware: we're betting once your loved ones or colleagues get a taste of these gorgeous, delectable treats - awesome gifts, all - you may be fielding requests for years to come. Happy Holidays!
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
The Meatless Mondays campaign is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the release of a new cookbook full of meatless recipes from celebrity chefs. The Meatless Monday team has much to celebrate, having enjoyed tremendous success in the past ten years, spreading to 28 countries, hundreds of cities, dozens of colleges and universities, businesses and corporations ranging from Sodexo to Eataly.
Some the nation's best academic institutions are creating new programs and degrees focused on food and agriculture. One of the newest - and perhaps most bucolic - is the Vermont Law School's new Center for Agriculture and Food Systems.
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists tallies up the considerable cost of heart disease, then explains how eating our vegetables could save the US trillions, and how public policy could help make it happen.
Just when you thought the market for controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was completely saturated, a new study published in the Journal of Organic Systems finds that pigs raised on a mixed diet of GM corn and GM soy had higher rates of digestive and reproductive health problems.
The San Francisco Gate called the book "politically brave" and it truly is. Foodopoly is a compelling read and a rock-solid resource for anyone trying to figure out how we went from a nation of healthy farmers to the fast food nation we currently live in, and how we might be able - with hard work - to get home again.
All of us at Ecocentric are reflecting on the New Year and making our resolutions to make 2013 happy, healthy and sustainable. If you are similarly inclined, we have tons of resources here on the blog and at our new GRACE website. To get you started, here are some tips to help you have a lean, green 2013.
2012 was a difficult year for many people, and ends on a particularly somber note following the recent shooting in Connecticut. Here in New York, many are still without power after Superstorm Sandy wrought such tremendous devastation on the Mid-Atlantic. Perhaps more than ever, we are eager, not only to bid adieu to the worst of 2012, but to set our intentions for a brighter 2013.
The flapping of a butterfly’s wings may or may not have the capacity to trigger a tornado on another continent, but without a doubt, our food, water and energy systems have profound impacts upon each other (and us, and our planet). With that in mind, we're excited to introduce our new GRACE website.
Giving the perfect gift can be difficult, even more so if you're looking for something that’s good for your recipient, your community and our planet. To help you out, here are some ideas for greener gifts sure to please everyone on your list!