This Week in Eco News - September 23, 2016

This week's Eco News features stories about the chicken price conspiracy; how insecticides are harming queen bees; if it's possible to have healthy food at fast food prices - and much more!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Burdock

What do Velcro, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Stonehenge have in common? You guessed it: burdock! This not-so-pretty root vegetable has an interesting history, and features predominantly in Japanese and other cuisines. Read on to learn more about burdock - plus an easy recipe.

Is Your Diet Plan Bad for the Planet?

If all of us in pursuit of #bodygoals were to run out to the grocery store to buy the ingredients we needed to re-create our favorite celebrities' eating habits, what would be the cumulative effect on the planet? We've put together a list of the latest diet trends and each of their environmental impacts.

What Can You Grow in Recirculating Farms? More Than You Think!

The types of food that can be grown in recirculating farms are expanding rapidly. Systems can be specifically designed to produce a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and more by using shallow or deep water grow beds, vertical towers and many other creative options. Read on to find out just how much you can grow!

This Week in Eco News - September 16, 2016

This week's Eco News features stories about swift-evolving super bug bacteria; why your coconut latte habit is taking a toll on the environment; how that big-brand hamburger is contributing to deforestation in South America - and much more!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Peppers

What is it about the chile pepper that keeps us coming back for more, despite the (sometimes unbearable) pain? Why are some pepper varieties sweet? Read on for answers and discover why the pepper is the geekiest of fruits. (Yes, fruits!)

This Week in Eco News - September 9, 2016

This week's Eco News features stories about some fishy seafood labeling practices; the biography of a plant based burger; how a new food hub will bring fresh produce to low-income urbanites - and much more!

7 Ways to Pack a More Sustainable School Lunch

It's back to school - is that a collective sigh of relief from parents around the nation we hear? Time to start thinking about school supplies, homework - and what to pack your kids for lunch every day. Here are some quick tips on how to make packing a school lunch a little more sustainable.

Algal Doom: The Many Colors of Algae and Their Potential Hazards

Harmful algal blooms don't just wreak havoc by causing oxygen-starved dead zones, but they have the potential to be toxic to humans, land animals, aquatic animals, fish and shellfish. This installment of our Algal Doom series looks at the life cycle of an algal bloom, the "colors" of a few common algae types and their harmful effects.

Corn, Factory Farming and the Global Economy

Little of the corn grown in the US goes to (directly) feed the American people. In this last piece of our series on corn's impact on agriculture in the US, we look at where industrially-grown corn actually does go: mainly to animal feed, ethanol production and overseas.

Support Family Farmers with Farm Aid!

On September 17, 2016, Farm Aid hosts its annual concert in Bristow, VA. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to support programs designed to keep family farmers on the land. Dig in and support our family farmers by donating to Farm Aid today!

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