Archive for May, 2013

Who Eats What?

Who Eats What?

“Who Eats What” was created by Massive Health, a Silicon-Valley based organization that focuses on the intersection of design, health, and smartphones. Their app, called “The Eatery,” was released back in November 2011, and since then, has enabled people in over 50 countries to track their food consumption and receive a crowd-sourced nutrition rating. Massive Health turned 7.68 million food ratings of 0.5 million foods by Eatery app users into a series of infographics that […]

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May 31, 2013 at 8:52 amCulture Multimedia

Kitchen Share SE Lends a Helping Hand to the Community’s Culinary Needs

Kitchen Share SE Lends a Helping Hand to the Community’s Culinary Needs

It’s hard enough to find room for your dishes and basic pots and pans in most urban kitchens. Forget a dehydrator, cider, bread,  or pasta maker, and everything you might need on hand to can vegetables or brew beer. Based off the idea of a tool library where members of the community, usually after donating a small membership fee, are free to check out tools for home repair or odd projects, Portland’s Kitchen Share Southeast is […]

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May 30, 2013 at 8:37 amNews

Counting Calories Curbs Fast Food Appetites

Counting Calories Curbs Fast Food Appetites

If you’re between the ages of 9-18, chances are you aren’t counting calories when you eat at a fast food restaurant. A recent study in the Journal of Public Health found that only 42.4% of teens and tweens used this information to make food decisions on occasion. Unsurprisingly, girls and obese youths were more likely than boys to use this information. Calorie counts have been the subject of more than their fair share of controversy. […]

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May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pmCulture

Film Turns Tiny Camelina Seed Into Huge Celebrity

Film Turns Tiny Camelina Seed Into Huge Celebrity

If you read about the uses of the Camelina plant in cooking, it almost sounds like magic. Camelina oil – made from the seeds of Camelina sativa, a plant in the mustard family – has a high smoke point of around 475 degrees and, though it’s cold pressed to preserve taste and nutrients can last for up to a year outside the refrigerator. The oil is also known for its high levels of Omega-3’s which make […]

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May 28, 2013 at 10:10 amCulture Multimedia

Food News Fast – May 27, 2013

Food News Fast – May 27, 2013

How can we fix the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and, while we’re at it, our oceans too? [Food and Environmental Reporting Network] Scientists have finally identified the exact strain of bacteria responsible for the Irish potato famine. French fries be warned! [Smithsonian] If you thought the rumors about massaged and beer-fed Kobe cattle were odd, check out this farmer who was feeding marijuana to his pigs. [NPR] Food trucks might be the […]

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May 27, 2013 at 7:30 amFood News Fast News

Food Fund Friday – Gauge Plant Health With DIY Infrared Cameras

Food Fund Friday – Gauge Plant Health With DIY Infrared Cameras

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science  is a community devoted to making data about environmental health easy to create and share. Through developing open source hardware, software, and other tools their goal is to make people in every economic bracket able to collect and distribute information about soil and water contamination, air quality, and now plant health as well. The Infragram, their newest project, is a fairly simple camera that uses infrared light […]

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May 24, 2013 at 1:45 pmColumns Food Fund Fridays

Why I’m not a “Foodie”

Why I’m not a “Foodie”

After moving back to Milwaukee, my home city, last year and eating my newly non-vegan way through a few of the “greener” restaurants, I started to wonder who else pondered a few obvious things: Why is this food so damn expensive? Why does just about everyone in here look the same? Why am I eating here? Sustainable food systems have exploded in popularity in the past couple of years. I feel enthused that so many […]

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May 24, 2013 at 7:45 amPolicy

Horticultural Society Diversifies with Urban Agriculture Conference

Horticultural Society Diversifies with Urban Agriculture Conference

Not every sustainable food conference has a Chairman and CEO of the seed and plant company W. Atlee Burpee & Company advising a crowd of urban farmers that they should really start growing flowers. Friendly nods and a series of questions ensued. One audience member raised her hand to say that she wants to start a rooftop flower garden here in New York City, adding, “who’s joining me?” There was applause, and an eager exchange […]

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May 23, 2013 at 7:45 amNews

Amusing Ads – Cooking with Yiayia

Amusing Ads – Cooking with Yiayia

If you’ve ever wondered what your Greek grandmother thinks about pretty much everything you’re doing, this series of commercials – featuring a very, very traditional Greek woman named Yiayia – will give you some idea.

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May 22, 2013 at 11:46 amNews

Tallahassee Sustainability Group – The Student Organization That Grew

Tallahassee Sustainability Group – The Student Organization That Grew

The Tallahassee Sustainability Group, brainchild of brothers Wes and TJ Shaffer and Jake Jennings, was founded in 2010 as a student association at Florida State University. Dedicated to bringing sustainable farming techniques, fresh food, and education to the surrounding community, TSG’s role has grown far beyond the campus. They found a Tallahassee school called the Ghazvini Learning Center whose horticulture teacher, Gale Allbritton, allowed them to build a small hydroponic garden and introduce the subject […]

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May 21, 2013 at 2:27 pmFeatures