While each immigrant story carries its own unique lessons for modern life, in the case of the Irish Diaspora, one of the most useful takeaways lies in the tragic role that unsustainable agricultural practices played in leading to the mass starvation and exodus of the Irish people.
This year, a "late" US Thanksgiving coincides merrily with an early Hanukkah for the first time since 1888. Here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
TEDxManhattan 2014 speaker Michael Rozyne is the Executive Director of Red Tomato, which connects farmers and consumers through marketing, trade and education, and through a passionate belief that a family-farm, locally-based, ecological, fair trade food system is the way to a better tomato.
Although its nutty, delicious seeds can be found year-round in health food and some larger grocery stores, amaranth is only in season in the summer through mid-fall. The Today Show has called amaranth greens the next kale, and there are numerous recipes pairing the striking plant's seeds with more common ingredients.
Are you changing the way people eat in your community? Enter the TEDxManhattan Challenge! The winner will speak onstage at TEDxManhattan 2014. Apply to speak today!
Last month, UNITE HERE Local 1 made their voices heard in a new report advocating for local, sustainable food as a part of ongoing efforts to green Chicago's airports.
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.
What do we know about the giant food companies' social and environmental practices even as they produce so many of the familiar food products we buy and eat every day? According to Oxfam's "Behind the Brands" campaign, we don't know enough, and what we do know is a bit troubling.
Connecting our global food with global markets, journalist Fred Kaufman forges a new way of thinking about food prices and food systems in his engaging, informative new book Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food. Spoiler alert: we liked it. Read on!
Brooklyn Grange has a new rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We were there as they were setting it up this spring. Luckily the farm weathered the storm that was Sandy, although their beehives got blown away.
The founder and director of Food Forward, a nonprofit that organizes volunteers to glean fruits and vegetables for distribution to food pantries, Rick Nahmias is also a photographer -- his exhibit, The Migrant Project, opens in New York today.
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.
If there's one crop that epitomizes the sultry essence of summer, it's the watermelon. As apples and winter squash make their pre-autumn debut, Mother Nature stops the rush hour traffic and allows the last bit of sun-kissed, lycopene-rich hunks of burning love to pass Go and keep on keeping on.
This nightshade has been unfairly blamed for maladies from pimples to leprosy to "melancholy." Also, should you salt and rinse it, and why? Megan Saynisch leads us on a path winding through eggplant's exotic history and straight back to the kitchen.
Ten ways to bring your values to the table at family mash-ups (without starting a food fight).
On August 4th, community gardeners from across the five boroughs gathered on the steps of City Hall to show their support for the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC). There were countless speakers working to influence the Parks Department and the Department of Housing and Development (HPD) to include protection from development in the new proposed legislatio