food consumption

One Person's Trash is Another's Gluten-Free Flour

The latest hot trend in gluten-free baked goods may be coffee flour, a product that is poised for commercial roll-out sometime this year, and that may help relieve some of the food waste and water pollution associated with coffee production. Made from coffee cherry pulp, coffee flour is high in nutrients and fiber. But some coffee farmers aren't so sure about its usefulness.

Top 5 Thirst-Quenching (and Thirsty) Summertime Beverages

What's your favorite summertime beverage? Is it lemonade? Soda? Maybe it's iced tea? A recent CBS News poll found that iced tea tops the list of favorite drinks on a summer day. To find out what beverages round out the top five thirst quenchers - and how much water is required to make each one - read on.

How We Can All Tackle Food Insecurity in America

You've probably heard the statistic that nearly 15 percent of households experience food insecurity in the US - a percentage that may make you wonder what you can do to help. Read on for our top picks on how you (and our government, too!) can make a difference.

Food Blogs We Love

Everyone has something to say about food these days. Food is fun, complicated, delicious, nutritious, processed, whole and an all-around hot topic. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite food, agriculture and food policy blogs to keep you up-to-date.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Melons

Is your huge honking melon a little too much of a good thing? Are you having trouble polishing it off before it starts to wither - or do you just find yourself facing a bit of melon fatigue halfway through the fruit? Read on for some fresh ideas for enjoying every last bite of this seasonal treat - from watermelons to honeydews to cantaloupes!

The Fight for Food Access: Leaders of the Movement

Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Shrimp

Americans eat over four pounds of shrimp per person per year, but the environmental and ethical problems facing the shrimp industry are staggering. Learn all about the diminutive crustacean and find out the best ways to choose sustainably and ethically produced shrimp in this week's Real Food Right Now.

America's Healthy Food Access Problem Is Not Sustainable

We've all heard it many times from our mothers, doctors and even Michelle Obama: eat more fruits and vegetables. But for millions of Americans, finding fresh food can be difficult. Local and organic food has become popular in mainstream culture, but a truly sustainable food system is impossible unless everyone can afford, and has access to, fresh, healthful food.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Refrigerator Pickles

Even the best plans sometimes leaves us with a little more produce than time - and it's not uncommon to face a crisper drawer that is threatening to expire. In those moments, turn your extra vegetables into quick pickles! Mix it up with different seasonal veggies and flavors, and enjoy these pickles all summer long.

Your Sustainable Fourth of July

Planning a cookout or a picnic to celebrate our country's independence day? From burgers to ice cream to flag-shaped food, we're here to help you make this your best Fourth of July yet.

How to Enjoy the Beach Without Trashing It

There's nothing better on a hot summer day than a trip to the beach. It's even good for your brain. But our love affair with that magic place where surf meets land has not always been good for the ocean itself, and most of us would do well to treat it a little more carefully. Here, step-by-step, our tips for your lightest impact trip to the beach.

Our Hero: Arjen Hoekstra, Creator of the Water Footprint

Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Fresh Herbs

Want to take your dinner from glum to glam? Add fresh herbs. There is nothing like a tablespoon or two of fragrant greenery to brighten any dish. But what's a cook to do with the rest of the bunch? And what about those stems? Should you chop or toss? Enjoy every last bite of your transformative herbs.

Food System Recommendations Should Account for More Than Public Health

American agricultural products are used in food, fuel and other goods marketed to consumers around the world. Too often, however, policy makers and businesses overlook the implications of this interconnectivity when making decisions about food consumption here in the US. That's why a systemic approach to policymaking matters!

Food as Medicine: Why Doctors Are Choosing Local, Sustainable Food

While food directly impacts health, the US healthcare system fails to address the importance of food as a preventative tool in personal and public health. Dr. Robert Graham spoke with us about his work to bring a more sustainable approach to medicine, and explained why sustainable food can play a big role in keeping people healthy.

Real Food and How to Cook It Now: Maple Syrup

We may know that "pancake syrup" is the margarine of maple syrup: the cheap imitator, the industrial substitute. "Pure" syrup is as unadulterated a product as it gets, and is all-American, to boot. Its production is natural, but it requires many steps and much patience to produce, and it only happens once a year. Because maple syrup, you see, is not simply tree sap.

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