food retail

Not All Eggs Are Created Equal

Spring - it's the eagerly anticipated season of new life and fertility, the transition from a winter slumber to an active, fruitful growing season. The egg symbolizes these notions and is traditionally used across many cultures to celebrate spring.

Our Heroes: The Buchanan Family of Flying B Bar Ranch

This winter, Ecocentric is interviewing farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.

Breaking the Grade Barrier: A Grocery Store Pioneers

Meet FoodStar and its courageous partner Andronico's Community Market. Together, they are taking a chance on the idea that maybe we consumers aren't as picky as most supermarkets seem to think we are. Maybe we'd be willing to buy a slightly smaller apple that only has 37 percent red coverage instead of the requisite 40 percent needed to qualify as the "fancy" grade that stores usually buy (yes, it's actually measured).

Yes, We Can: Supporting Our Farmers, Preserving the Harvest

I quickly paid for my items and told him I'd see him at market on Sunday. Uttering those few words - See you on Sunday - I know exactly what I can do to help: Keep showing up. (Read for more about the farmers' market relationship, plus a marinara sauce recipe!)

A Heroic Endeavor in New Orleans: the Urban Farming and Food Center

Helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina is an important national goal, but it should be achieved through new ways of thinking that will make the city healthier and more resilient. Two organizations-the Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network-are going to do that with plans to build the new Urban Farming and Food Center in the center of New Orleans.

Raising the Bar: Libations for Locavores

From certified organic beers to biodynamic wines --- the latest we've seen is fair trade quinoa vodka--- it seems like every time we turn around there is new socially conscious product tempting us. I'll be following this post up in a week or two with another one, focused on non-alcoholic drinks, but for now, join us for a cold one.

Greenwashing Food: How to Smell a Rat

We've been talking about corporate "greenwashing" for a while, now, but if food activists have been hard at work talking to consumers about food systems, so have food marketers.

Tell Walmart to Reject New GMO Sweet Corn

There's a new GMO in town: Monsanto's GE sweet corn. If you're unhappy about this, you're not alone. Food and Water Watch has initiated a national campaign to pressure Walmart to refuse to sell products using the GE corn.

Can a Food Truck Be Green? In a Word, Yes.

When you think about food trucks, the first words to pop into your head probably don't tend toward "sustainable" or "healthy." But in fact, food trucks are changing the urban food scene in some unexpected ways.

Our CSA - Part II

As I wrote in an earlier post, two GRACE coworkers and I are splitting a CSA* share from the 14th Street Y CSA. Interested in seeing what we've been getting? Check out the slideshow for photos of the last six shares.

A More Sustainable Jam: Greening Summer Music

Each summer, like thousands of other music lovers, a few friends and I travel to see our favorite bands play. In the spirit of peace and love, we gather to celebrate the community music creates, but what many don't realize is the toll such gatherings can can take on the environment.

Eco-Kosher and the Evolution of Tradition

It's no secret that the Jewish community has an incredibly rich relationship with food. In light of ethical controversies spurred by Big Ag, a new tradition called "eco-kosher" is arising--and while it remains focused on rituals, it adds a new twist--a focus on sustainability.

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