Sustainable Food

16-Year-Old Student Uses Fruit Flies to Investigate Benefits of Organic Produce

16-Year-Old Student Uses Fruit Flies to Investigate Benefits of Organic Produce

Anyone who has ever taken a course in biology or left produce out on the counter for a little too long will recognize the noble fruit fly. Easy to breed, feed and observe, they are the subject of choice

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The Sugar Lab 3D Prints Sweet Geometric Sculptures From Sugar

The Sugar Lab 3D Prints Sweet Geometric Sculptures From Sugar

Founded by husband and wife team in Silver Lake, California, the Sugar Lab began as a novel way to produce a birthday cake for a friend that did not have to be baked in an oven. With a background in

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The Aura Eco Steam Cooker Can Help Whip Up Healthy Dinners

The Aura Eco Steam Cooker Can Help Whip Up Healthy Dinners

Aura is a concept for a portable and environmentally friendly steam cooker utilizing zeolite minerals. Zeolite minerals, upon being heated, release large amounts of steam from water that had been

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USA-Made Portland Press Lets You Brew Fresh Coffee in Any Mason Jar

USA-Made Portland Press Lets You Brew Fresh Coffee in Any Mason Jar

Home coffee-making equipment has come a long way, but the typical french press is still assembled from plastic and delicate glass in an overseas factory. The Portland Press is a french press for a mason

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UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs

UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs

Photo via Shutterstock Let them eat… cockroaches? In an effort to address world hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently published a report suggesting that

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Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Photo via Shutterstock With tomatoes from Chile, salmon from Norway, chocolate from Africa, and coffee from Indonesia, a trip to the local grocery store can seem like a journey around the world. But

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Beautiful Collision Tableware Uses Red Cabbage Dye to Create Unexpected Pigments

Beautiful Collision Tableware Uses Red Cabbage Dye to Create Unexpected Pigments

Color Collision is a collection of non-toxic ceramic tableware designed by Kirstie Van Noort and Rogier Arents. To achieve the unique colors seen above, the ceramic objects were first dyed with red

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Rianne Koens’ Peelpride Turns Fruit Peels Into Aromatic Food Seasoning

Rianne Koens’ Peelpride Turns Fruit Peels Into Aromatic Food Seasoning

The whole process starts with a special extra fine peeler that removes only the most aromatic, intense top layer of the fruit or vegetable (the lower, white layer is bitter). The peels are then dried in

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Space Farms: Heliospectra LED Lighting System Could Grow Veggies in Space

Space Farms: Heliospectra LED Lighting System Could Grow Veggies in Space

Heliospectra’s new LED lighting system has been chosen by the German Aerospace Center (DRL) as part of the EDEN (Evolution and Design of Environmentally-closed Nutrition sources) research initiative.

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USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants

USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants

Recently, states such as New York, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri have passed  laws that seek to outlaw or limit undercover farm investigations that have been dubbed "ag-gag bills" by

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Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoons Are a Tasty Alternative to Plastic Utensils

Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoons Are a Tasty Alternative to Plastic Utensils

In an effort to create an alternative to disposable plastic silverware, Triangle Tree has produced Edible Spoons, a spoon that you can eat after finishing your meal. Made of corn, the spoons are

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Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Earlier this year, when a tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, it left a scene of destruction in its wake. But as the storm-ravaged residents set about clearing fallen trees and branches, Jody

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America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

This list of 6 favorite sustainable craft breweries was selected based first on the Brewers Association list of top selling breweries, which is determined by sales volume. Then we went to each brewery's

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Nearly 50 Percent of All US Meat is Contaminated with Superbugs

Nearly 50 Percent of All US Meat is Contaminated with Superbugs

Photo via Shutterstock A new study by the Environmental Working Group has found that close to 50 percent of supermarket meat products in the US are tainted with so-called superbugs—strains of

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Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Few people turn to a tree branch or corn husk for a meal, and for good reason. The cellulose found in the cell walls of plants is enormously difficult for the human digestive system to break down. The

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HOW TO: Make Delicious No-Cook Vegan Fudge in Just 10 Minutes

HOW TO: Make Delicious No-Cook Vegan Fudge in Just 10 Minutes

Fudge is pretty much a candy comfort food staple, and making a fresh batch at home can make that chocolatey goodness even more satisfying. But if you're adhering to a strict vegan diet, or just worried

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360 Beers Tested in Germany Found to Have Traces of Arsenic

360 Beers Tested in Germany Found to Have Traces of Arsenic

Beer lovers beware: Researchers in Germany have found traces of arsenic in hundreds of tested beer samples. Many beers are filtered with diatomaceous earth, a mined sedimentary rock that contains iron,

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Whole Foods Announces Plans for 20,000 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Farm Atop New Gowanus Store

Whole Foods Announces Plans for 20,000 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Farm Atop New Gowanus Store

NYC foodies will soon be in for a real treat as Whole Foods has announced they'll be operating a rooftop farm right atop their forthcoming Gowanus, Brooklyn store. The 20,000 sq. ft. greenhouse will

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Chinese Fishing Boats Catch 12 Times More Fish than Goes Reported

Chinese Fishing Boats Catch 12 Times More Fish than Goes Reported

Photo via Shutterstock A new report published by scientists at the University of British Columbia finds that Chinese fishing boats catch about $11.5 billion worth of fish from beyond Chinese waters

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Edible Sweeeeet Tableware is Made From a Traditional Korean Confection

Edible Sweeeeet Tableware is Made From a Traditional Korean Confection

Designers Jiwon Choi and Alice Jung have created a line of edible “Sweeeeet Tableware” made from a traditional Korean confection called yeot. Yeot is made with various kinds of grains

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Bacteria Could Keep Bread From Going Moldy, Scientists Claim

Bacteria Could Keep Bread From Going Moldy, Scientists Claim

Scientists at the University of Alberta and University College Cork in Ireland have found a way to use bacteria to prevent mold from eating up your leftover food. Their research is based on a study of

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Janne Kyttanen Imagines a Future of Downloadable, 3D-Printed Food

Janne Kyttanen Imagines a Future of Downloadable, 3D-Printed Food

Kyttanen is not only the co-founder of Freedom of Creation, but also the creative director of printer manufacturer 3D systems, making him at the forefront of the technological movement. Although

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Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden’s Second Generation Lets You Cultivate Fresh Food Indoors

Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden’s Second Generation Lets You Cultivate Fresh Food Indoors

Spring has officially arrived, although you wouldn't know it in many parts of the country. With all of that snow on the ground, what is an anxious gardener to do? Just in time for planting season, Click

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Laughing Chickens Launches a DIY Chicken Coop That Fits in a Bike Box for Easy Portability

Laughing Chickens Launches a DIY Chicken Coop That Fits in a Bike Box for Easy Portability

Laughing Chickens is a Marin County, California-based workshop that's been making beautiful hen houses and runs exclusively from reclaimed redwood fence boards. With interest in their designs coming from

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Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Whether it is a fruity Napa merlot or an oaky and acidic Chablis chardonnay, any wine lover will tell you that each variety of grape and the region in which it is grown gives each wine a unique character.

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Italian Scientists are Developing Hypoallergenic Apples

Italian Scientists are Developing Hypoallergenic Apples

A team of allergists, molecular biologists and plant physiologists in Italy are collaborating to develop a hypo-allergenic apple that could provide relief to those who suffer from food allergies. Apples

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Study Finds Sugar-Loaded Drinks Responsible for Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

Study Finds Sugar-Loaded Drinks Responsible for Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

Photo via Shutterstock New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's ultimately unsuccessful efforts to ban the sale of super-sized sugary beverages within the city may have been met with skepticism by some,

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Public Coffee is a Mobile Coffee Shop That Wants to Bring Communities Together

Public Coffee is a Mobile Coffee Shop That Wants to Bring Communities Together

In Europe, the original coffeehouses were created to serve people coffee and provide a place for them to enjoy their drinks. As the coffeehouse evolved, it became an open center for thinkers and

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Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

The Aeroponic Vertical Farm is made up of an array of bamboo parallelograms that are formed to create stepped terraces of rice fields. Located in cities, these compact farms would not only help grow rice

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Whole Foods Market Requires Suppliers to Label Products with GMO Ingredients by 2018

Whole Foods Market Requires Suppliers to Label Products with GMO Ingredients by 2018

Whole Foods customers asked for it, and they got it. Last week at the Natural Products Expo West, Whole Foods Market announced that by 2018, all of their suppliers must either make their products with

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