This Week in Eco News - September 23, 2016

This week's Eco News features stories about the chicken price conspiracy; how insecticides are harming queen bees; if it's possible to have healthy food at fast food prices - and much more!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Burdock

What do Velcro, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Stonehenge have in common? You guessed it: burdock! This not-so-pretty root vegetable has an interesting history, and features predominantly in Japanese and other cuisines. Read on to learn more about burdock - plus an easy recipe.

Is Your Diet Plan Bad for the Planet?

If all of us in pursuit of #bodygoals were to run out to the grocery store to buy the ingredients we needed to re-create our favorite celebrities' eating habits, what would be the cumulative effect on the planet? We've put together a list of the latest diet trends and each of their environmental impacts.

What Can You Grow in Recirculating Farms? More Than You Think!

The types of food that can be grown in recirculating farms are expanding rapidly. Systems can be specifically designed to produce a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and more by using shallow or deep water grow beds, vertical towers and many other creative options. Read on to find out just how much you can grow!

This Week in Eco News - September 16, 2016

This week's Eco News features stories about swift-evolving super bug bacteria; why your coconut latte habit is taking a toll on the environment; how that big-brand hamburger is contributing to deforestation in South America - and much more!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Peppers

What is it about the chile pepper that keeps us coming back for more, despite the (sometimes unbearable) pain? Why are some pepper varieties sweet? Read on for answers and discover why the pepper is the geekiest of fruits. (Yes, fruits!)

This Week in Eco News - September 9, 2016

This week's Eco News features stories about some fishy seafood labeling practices; the biography of a plant based burger; how a new food hub will bring fresh produce to low-income urbanites - and much more!

7 Ways to Pack a More Sustainable School Lunch

It's back to school - is that a collective sigh of relief from parents around the nation we hear? Time to start thinking about school supplies, homework - and what to pack your kids for lunch every day. Here are some quick tips on how to make packing a school lunch a little more sustainable.

Corn, Factory Farming and the Global Economy

Little of the corn grown in the US goes to (directly) feed the American people. In this last piece of our series on corn's impact on agriculture in the US, we look at where industrially-grown corn actually does go: mainly to animal feed, ethanol production and overseas.

This Week in Eco News - September 2, 2016

This week's Eco News features stories about a tangled tale about blackberries; if soil-less produce can be considered organic; America and its meat addiction; - and much more!

5 Ways Labor is Fighting for Fairness in Our Food System

Our food system is heavily reliant on people to plant, pick and serve our food - and many labor groups have been working tirelessly to advocate for the well-being of these food workers. Here are five examples of how the people who work in our food system are fighting for fair treatment - and how you can help.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Corn

This week's Real Food gets a bad rap -- it's heavily subsidized and heavily monocropped, a whopping 88% of it is genetically engineered and most of it becomes animal feed, high fructose corn syrup or ethanol. But we've got a soft spot for sweet corn, and we bet you do, too.

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