Food:

Urban farming can alleviate food insecurity in American cities

Feeding people in major cities exerts a lot more pressure on the environment than you might think. Take the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, for example, which has a total population of some 7 million people. Feeding that many people means importing 2.5 to 3 million tons of food per day over an average distance of 500 to 1,000 miles, which requires massive amounts of energy and generates significant greenhouse gas emissions. And even with all that food coming in, 1 out of every 8 people in the region have little access to food. With that being said, there is…

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  • EcoWatch
  • Date:02/15/2019

Meat equals manliness. These faux meat startups are out to change this idea

Whether it’s an advertisement or a neighborhood BBQ, it’s common to hear people associate eating meat with being manly. In general, the food industry has masterfully trained consumers to think that eating meat is a sign of strength and confidence while meat alternatives such as tofu dogs are for the weak. This intense social conditioning makes it a particular challenge for meat substitute manufacturers to relay to consumers that protein doesn’t need to come from a cow, and that you won’t lose your masculinity if you eat faux meat products. To grapple with this problem, companies like Beyond Meat and…

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:02/13/2019

How urban farming is going beyond growing salads and herbs

A traditional farm can count on seven to eight harvests a year. Some urban farms, like the subterranean ones that lie deep beneath London’s streets, have about 60 harvests a year. This statistic alone shows why the urban farming projects sprouting up across the globe are not just a fad, but rather, a very promising start to the farming revolution. Urban farms that grow salads and herbs, however, are not the only city-based projects aimed at making food more local. Rooftop bee-keeping, aquaponic fishing, and a floating dairy farm which is set to open in Rotterdam later this year all…

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  • The Guardian
  • Date:02/11/2019

The ultimate guide to vegan meat substitutes

If you’ve made it a goal to eat less meat this year, well done. You’re one step closer to a diet that is not only better for your health, but also for the environment. Now the tricky question is: what do you eat as a substitute for meat? Considering there is an abundance of meat substitutes to choose from, it can be challenging to know what’s best for you, both in terms of taste and nutrition. To help you get a better understanding of all the vegan meat substitutes out there for you to explore, check out this handy guide.…

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  • EcoWatch
  • Date:02/07/2019

A creative guide for making meals out of leftover vegetables

It happens to all of us. We buy our groceries in bulk to avoid going back and forth to the supermarket and wind up with some foods that end up rotting before we get around to eating them. Or you cook a particular meal and find yourself left with a couple of random ingredients, such as half an onion. It’s a common occurrence, one that’s partially to blame for the whopping 133 billion pounds of food that wind up becoming waste each year in the US, which leads to a massive amount of unneeded emissions. The thing is, there’s no…

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  • Inhabitat
  • Date:02/05/2019

A guide for using the old herbs and spices in your pantry

Chances are you have some spices and herbs in your kitchen that have been around longer than you can remember. The question is: can you still use them? Spices beyond their expiration dates aren’t going to make you sick, but they’re not going to be as potent as they used to be. If you have a bunch of old spices in your pantry, here’s what you should do with them.

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  • Treehugger
  • Date:02/04/2019

A shopper’s guide to the confusing animal welfare labels placed on produce

The number of different labels that are slapped onto products at the grocery store can make it extremely confusing to understand what each label means. For example, does a “Certified Humane” sticker actually mean the products were created in a humane manner, or is it simply advertising fluff? This shopper’s guide will help you get a clear understanding of the confusing labels on meat, dairy, and eggs.

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  • Vox
  • Date:02/01/2019

The 6 health benefits you will enjoy from adding sweet potatoes to your diet

Not only are sweet potatoes rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibers, they’re also the perfect alternative to unhealthy French fries. If that doesn’t convince you to start adding more sweet potatoes into your diet, these 6 surprising health benefits just might.

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  • EcoWatch
  • Date:01/29/2019

Scientists have designed a diet in order to save us as a species

If we want to save the planet from an environmental crisis, then we need a new philosophy for how to eat on planet Earth. That’s why an international commission of 37 scientists have put together a new diet plan called the “planetary health diet” that calls for a dramatic shift in the food we put into our bellies in order to boost our own health as well as that of the planet. Check out the details of the new diet here.

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  • Vox
  • Date:01/28/2019

Astronauts could soon be eating veggies in space instead of freeze-dried foods

With the International Space Station (ISS) set to retire within a decade, conversation is brewing about a possible lunar base on the moon. With much more space to work with than on board the ISS, that opens up the possibility of building pods where veggies can be grown. Currently NASA is teaming up with an LED lighting company to create a horticultural system that can grow crops in outer space, and thus far the results have been encouraging. That means for the astronauts of tomorrow, actual veggies may be on the menu instead of freeze-dried foods.

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  • Inhabitat
  • Date:01/24/2019
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