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Taste it, Don't Waste it! Stems and Ribs

Chard, collards, kale - these greens are loved for their leaves, but what about the ribs and stems? The prepping instructions for these vegetables often call for these parts of the plants to be removed and discarded. But once you get a bite of these bits, you'll agree that they deserve better than the compost bin.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cow's Milk

The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are ready for their close-up. Like quiche, sparkling water and Fiats, many in the US have taken a bit of time to warm to this European favorite. But Brussels sprouts are gaining on kale as the go-to menu darling. Read on for more reasons why they are finally finding their place at the table.

The Bacteria in Our Beef

Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. They also compared conventionally produced beef to more sustainably produced beef, revealing significant differences.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! What Not to Eat

Reducing food waste is one of the best ways to save time, money and natural resources. We love using up every pip, peel and pit that we can - but there are a few exceptions to the rule: some plant parts don't make good eating. Read on to learn more about common produce items that are best left off of your dinner plate (and composted), and some where the verdict is still out.

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.

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