Taking the High Road Toward A Sustainable Food System

Taking the high road in labor practices is critical to the establishment of a truly sustainable food system. In honor of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrate ongoing progress and increasing momentum as food workers continue to organize for fair wages and better working conditions.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Chestnuts

There's more to this week's Real Food than Nat King Cole. Did you know that they date back tens of thousands of years, or that the American chestnut was decimated by blight in the early 1900s? Also, learn the important DIY roasting step that'll keep them from exploding in your oven.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Holiday Gift Edition!

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!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cranberries

What food heralds the holidays more than the cranberry, in all its rubine glory? But you should eat this all-American treat year round! Cranberries are exceptionally nutritious, and you can whip up a sauce in not much more time than it takes to open a can.

Solstice 2012: Keeping the Faith

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.

Ecocentric’s Top Green Gifts for 2012

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!

In Transition: Washington State’s (Future) Organic Cranberries

Given the lack of respect with which most Americans treat cranberries, their environmental impact hardly seems worth it. But if we consider the hard work that goes into a product like Starvation Alley’s, maybe cranberries can recapture the wonder and respect a traditional dish deserves.

Community Food Giving: Simchat Purim!

The traditions of Purim, a holiday celebrating the salvation of the Jewish people, make it a great time to reflect on the importance of food as a community link.

Roses Are Red... And Ecologically Unsustainable?

Massive co2 emissions and deforestation are a heavy price to pay for some chemical-laden blossoms destined to wilt within a week. This year, how many of us will stop to think about how our roses get from seed to sweetheart?

10 Last-minute Gifting Ideas

Earth-friendly gifts can include upcycling and regifting, as well as non-consumables like service and donations. Here's some ideas for green, meaningful gifts.

Where's the Love, Hershey? On Chocolate and Labor

Ecocentric writer Chris Hunt, who doesn't care much for chocolate, is an unlikely choice of authors for a Valentine's Day chocolate post. He does, however, have one important qualification: he cares about preventing slave labor.

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