Month

March 2013

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble
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How Big Food Is Making You Fat

What if it’s the food—and not you—that’s to blame for America’s obesity epidemic? The national conversation surrounding this question has heated up with the publication of Michael Moss’s new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. But Moss isn’
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12 Plug-and-play home hydroponics systems

If you’ve ever been interested in growing some of your own food, but the lack of a garden plot or yard has kept you from pursuing it, you may want to consider starting an indoor or balcony hydroponics garden. Technology has paved the way for quite a few different plug-and-play h
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Hip-hop video compares the food industry to drug dealers

It is a powerful and hard hitting reminder to us all that gun violence is just one symptom of a deeply dysfunctional economic system. And it’s an argument that’s making its rounds of the internet in a hard-hitting hip hop video that compares the food industry to gangsters
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How GM earns $1 billion recycling

If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, General Motors has the revenue to prove it. The automaker generates an eye-popping $1 billion a year reusing or recycling materials that would otherwise be thrown away — everything from scrap steel and paint sludge to cardboard boxes and w
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Miracle grow: Indian farmers smash crop yield records without GMOs

What if the agricultural revolution has already happened and we didn’t realize it? Essentially, that’s the idea in this report from the Guardianabout a group of poverty-stricken Indian rice and potato farmers who harvested confirmed world-record yields of rice and potatoes. Best of al
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A Zone of One’s Own

Here’s a nice piece by Toby Hemenway explaining why “you don’t need an architecture degree to learn how to put things in the best place…” – Jeremy Toby Hemenway How many times have you seen a vegetable garden tucked away in the back of a yard, choked with
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Nurbaculture: A First Cut

By: Eric Firpo We didn’t invent the term natural farming (that was eco-sage Masanobu Fukuoka), nor did we coin the phrase permaculture (google it – then spread the word!). But we did combine the two ideas to come up with nurbaculture, and set out a vision for the future Natural Urban
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Warning: Major Supplements Openly Contain GMO Vitamin Sources

Genetically modified organisms have permeated much of the crop industry, absolutely infesting the processed food market, but are many ‘health’ supplements free from the presence of GMOs? As it turns out, major supplement producers actually will openly admit that they deriv
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