Sustainable Food

China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015

China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015

The Western McDiet is taking over China, one sugary snack at a time. Demand for on-the-go, pre-packaged food has skyrocketed as Chinese taste buds turn away from the Chinese staples of rice and vegetables

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HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

A startling amount of food gets wasted by households every year; more than restaurants, grocery stores, and farms combined. Many people are doing their best to be more diligent about their own household

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The FarmBot is a Fully-Automated Open-Source Farming Machine

The FarmBot is a Fully-Automated Open-Source Farming Machine

Since time immemorial, farmers have benefited from sharing knowledge with one another, and The FarmBot makes that easier than ever to do. Designed by California engineer Rory Landon Aronson, this

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DIY: How To Make Vegan Wild Mushroom & Olive Tapenade in a Few Simple Steps

DIY: How To Make Vegan Wild Mushroom & Olive Tapenade in a Few Simple Steps

STEP 1: Gather the ingredients 3 cups of dry pine mushrooms (or porcini mushrooms) 2 garlic cloves 3 tbsp of fresh rosemary 1/4 cup of black olives Juice from half a lemon A pinch of

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UK Report Finds Up To 40% of All Fruit and Vegetables Are Wasted Because of “Ugliness”

UK Report Finds Up To 40% of All Fruit and Vegetables Are Wasted Because of “Ugliness”

Tomato photo from Shutterstock If your tomato isn't Instagram-worthy, does that mean it deserves to be thrown away? A recent UK study reported that up to 40% of edible, but "ugly" produce—fruits and

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10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter

10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter

Image via Shutterstock You know that autumn will kick into high gear soon when people are ordering pumpkin lattes, apple cider, and cocoa instead of frozen drinks at your favorite cafes. All over the

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Image via Shutterstock According to a new report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, antibiotic resistance in factory meat production contributes to nearly 23,000

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Shanghai Shopping Mall Sprouts a Flourishing Urban Farm! [PHOTOS]

Shanghai Shopping Mall Sprouts a Flourishing Urban Farm! [PHOTOS]

The mini-farm is currently producing tomatoes, eggplants and hot peppers, but with autumn on the way they will soon be switching to different seasonal produce. The vegetables are grown using automatic

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9 Exceptionally Delicious (and Easy) Vegan Meals You can Make on a Budget

9 Exceptionally Delicious (and Easy) Vegan Meals You can Make on a Budget

Tofu Scramble in a Whole Wheat Wrap This is a great way to get an energy burst of protein first thing in the morning, and the amounts listed here will serve 2 hearty eaters. Feel free to halve the

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Enjoy Decadent Pastries Without The Guilt: DIY These Vegan Cronuts!

Enjoy Decadent Pastries Without The Guilt: DIY These Vegan Cronuts!

Have you heard about the latest craze in pastry? It's called the cronut (cross between a doughnut and a croissant) and it's taking America by storm. Half sweet fried doughnut and half flaky croissant,

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Unconventional Yet Scrumptious Apple Recipes for Autumn

Unconventional Yet Scrumptious Apple Recipes for Autumn

Image via Shutterstock You may have seen an abundance of apples popping up in grocery stores and farmers' markets lately, and with good cause: this is the time of year in which these gorgeous globes

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‘Pink Slime’ Makes a School Lunch Comeback in Seven U.S. States

‘Pink Slime’ Makes a School Lunch Comeback in Seven U.S. States

Kids are back in school - and so is the ground beef filler known as “pink slime.” Last year, thousands of U.S. schools rushed to stop feeding their students the ammonia-treated lean beef product. But

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NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA is planning to grow fresh vegetables in space, 230 miles above the Earth. Later this year the space agency’s Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program will send astronauts to the International

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LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

No matter how valiant the attempt, sometimes it is just impossible to finish that last helping of casserole for dinner. Instead of letting perfectly good food languish in the fridge, the developers of

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North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver’s Sole Food Farms has transformed an old gas station into North American’s largest urban orchard! Located in Downtown Eastside, the orchard provides jobs to recovering addicts and those with

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Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for more greenhouse gas emissions than those emitted by any

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FDA Finds Low Levels of Arsenic in All Rice-Based Products

FDA Finds Low Levels of Arsenic in All Rice-Based Products

You may not be aware of it, but all of the rice sitting in your pantry contains traces of one of the most poisonous elements on earth - arsenic. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration tested 1,300

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Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Tech giants Peter Thiel and Bill Gates introduced a revolutionary new product to the public this week, and it had nothing to do with computers or software. Beyond Eggs from Hampton Creek Foods is a

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6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

1. Eco Friendly Cutting Boards Select a set of durable and sustainable food-grade cutting boards, such as ones made from polypropylene and flax husk. Using flax husk reduces the amount of plastic used

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6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

Mulberry Tree Unlike its similar sounding friends, the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start one from seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see fruit, and that's not very

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Vegetarian Butcher Makes an Environmentally Friendly Version of the “Frankenburger”

Vegetarian Butcher Makes an Environmentally Friendly Version of the “Frankenburger”

For those who don't love the idea of eating burgers made from lab-grown meat, a Dutch company has produced a vegetarian version of the “Frankenburger.” Vegetarian Butcher transforms vegetables and

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Nutrient Found In Broccoli Could Yield Powerful New Cancer-Preventing Sunscreen

Nutrient Found In Broccoli Could Yield Powerful New Cancer-Preventing Sunscreen

We've all heard that food is the best medicine, but a new study out of the University of Arizona found that nutrient-dense foods could also be useful as topical applications. According

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DIY: Make Your Own Yogurt in a Crock-Pot!

DIY: Make Your Own Yogurt in a Crock-Pot!

Image via Shutterstock  Yogurt is one of those all-around fabulous edibles that can be used a thousand different ways. It gets added to smoothies, eaten with cereal, mixed with herbs to create spreads

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Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Pee power is often heralded as a sustainable design solution that can yield plant fertilizer or even power your cell - but using urine to prepare a delicious springtime snack is a whole different story.

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6 Scrumptious Meals You Can Cook in a Dishwasher (Yes, You Read That Right)

6 Scrumptious Meals You Can Cook in a Dishwasher (Yes, You Read That Right)

Dill Lemon Cream Salmon It’s an oldie but a goodie. Poached salmon can be particularly tricky if you’re not closely watching the temperature. Cooking it in a dishwasher, however, is as simple as

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INDEX Award Winner: Fenugreen Organic FreshPaper Will Keep Your Unrefrigerated Food Fresher 4x’s Longer

INDEX Award Winner: Fenugreen Organic FreshPaper Will Keep Your Unrefrigerated Food Fresher 4x’s Longer

Have you ever reached into your refrigerator to grab a box of strawberries and opened it to find a blackened pile of fruit. Spoiled food is a terribly disappointing thing that happens more often than you

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Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Despite an early and unjust reputation as the forbidden fruit, apples have been an integral part of a healthy diet for thousands of years. Burdened with the task of keeping the doctor away, most would

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Economists Debate Whether the McDonald’s Hamburger is the Most Nutritious and Inexpensive Food in Human History

Economists Debate Whether the McDonald’s Hamburger is the Most Nutritious and Inexpensive Food in Human History

Fast food offers a cheap and calorie-rich option to fill your stomach, but can it be considered the "most bountiful food" of all time? The Freakonomics authors and radio broadcasters are asking just that

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DIY: How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds for Annual Growing

DIY: How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds for Annual Growing

So you've grown that perfect heirloom tomato in your garden, or you've bought a tomato at the farmer's market that you absolutely must grow. Why not save tomato seeds from those perfect tomatoes, so you

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