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The Green Plate: When the Sludge Hits the Fan

ColumnWhat, exactly, is in your city’s free “organic” compost? Have you ever wondered what happens to the food scraps and yard waste that your city picks up as compost? Where does it go? What becomes of all those avocado peels and geranium stalks? As more cities go green, they’re making […]

Taco Bell Sells Fake Meat. So What? Everybody’s Doing It

Food companies are like greedy cocaine dealers – cutting food with cheaper ingredients to increase profits. This is nothing new, and it’s not just happening with meat. But first, about that beef with Taco Bell’s “beef.” Vegetable proteins are cheaper than meat and that’s why they are used as extenders […]

Slow Going at Slow Food (And That’s the Point)

A rift in slow food reveals big growing pains. The foodiverse was all atwitter over this article from Chow last week. A rift has been forming between two factions within Slow Food USA, a non-profit organization that promotes the pleasures of the table, artisanal food production methods, sustainable agriculture, and […]

A Look at the Human Hands Behind Our Food

I recently had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion about farmworker justice entitled, “The Fruits of Their Labor.” Update 9/24/09: The panel was organized by CUESA, The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture and they’ve posted a link to the audio files of the panel, so you can […]

Seasonal Superfoods: Blueberries

ColumnIdeas for one of the best superfoods of summer. You may have heard that colorful fruits and vegetables are the most nutritious. It’s true. It’s because of the phytochemicals, or micronutrients, these foods contain. Phytochemicals include the famous disease-fighting compounds we hear about like antioxidants, flavenoids, and carotenoids, and are […]

Unethical Food Traditions: Stick a Fork in It

ColumnFrom tuna to turtles, some cultural food traditions create such egregious ethical and environmental consequences, they can never be justified. When is a cultural tradition a legitimate reason to continue to consume something that’s environmentally problematic? When is it just a convenient excuse to keep eating whatever we want or […]

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Oil

Have you ever been confused about which vegetable oils are healthiest? Or which ones to use for what purposes? You’re not alone. Vegetable oils are a slippery minefield. We’ve read it all: Canola oil good. Canola oil bad. Expeller pressed or cold pressed? Refined or unrefined? With so many differing […]

The Green Plate: Is Urban Farming the Next Green Cottage Industry?

ColumnAn urban farming legalization trend sweeps the country. Looking for a work-at-home green job? You might consider tilling the backyard and planting a few crops. No more fossil fuel burning commute, no need for professional attire purchased from sweatshop supporting retailers, no more disposable containers from the workaday desktop lunch, […]

Q&A with Los Angeles Beekeeper, Staci Valentine

Are the bees all right? Maybe, Maybe not. But possibly the trend of urban beekeeping can save them. As colony collapse continues, sparking speculation that cell phone radiation may be one of the culprits, and a certain native bumblebee was recently formally petitioned to be protected under The Endangered Species […]

The Green Plate: The Dark Side of Bioplastic

ColumnWhy bio-plastics aren’t as green as you think. When was the last time you attended an event where food and drink was sold in disposable vessels? If you’re an EcoSalon reader, it’s likely that after consuming your food or beverage you examined the container carefully to see if it was […]

Non-GMO Project Brings Transparency to Organic Foods

People buy organic foods for many reasons: their health, better taste, a desire to keep pesticides and herbicides out of our air, water and soil and a conviction that buying organic is one way to eat GMO-free. One of the big problems with GMOs is that non-GMO crops can be […]

10 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Processed

In the wake of Unprocessed October, you may have developed a taste for more simply-prepared fare. Problem is, you can’t trust your senses. Think that rolled oats are as untouched as food gets? Think again – and check out the rest of this list of 10 surprisingly processed foods! « […]

The 10 Biggest Issues With the Global Food System

If you ask food experts like Michael Pollan, Marian Nestle, Gary Nabhan, Vandana Shiva, and numerous other writers and scholars what the biggest problems in our global, industrialized food system are, you’ll end up with a lot to chew on. It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because […]

The 10 Biggest Issues With the Global Food System: Part 1 of 2

If you ask food experts like Michael Pollan, Marian Nestle, Gary Nabhan, Vandana Shiva, and numerous other writers and scholars what the biggest problems in our global, industrialized food system are, you’ll end up with a lot to chew on. It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because […]

The Green Plate: Flare-Ups In Frankenfood

The GMO industry is like an out-of-control forest fire. Just when you think one section is tamped down, another spark is fanned into flames. Just like a forest fire, there are many fronts in this fight, making it difficult to keep track of current developments. Then there are the weapons […]

Is Boxed Wine Up to Snuff for Wine Snobs?

It’s leaner (in packaging), greener, and lighter. Shipping it uses fewer resources, so it has a lower carbon footprint. Innovative packaging means the wine lasts longer so there’s less waste. It’s unarguably cheaper than bottled wine (averaging out to less than $10 a bottle). It’s sensibly portable and completely unbreakable […]

The Green Plate: In Praise of the Fava Bean

ColumnFava beans are a seasonal superfood you should make time to enjoy. People who don’t like to spend time in the kitchen tend to think that fava beans were surely invented by some sort of cooking sadist. I have a farmer friend who grows them and she won’t even prep […]

Field to Flake: How Breakfast Cereal is Made

ColumnHow processed is it? While sleepily shaking your cereal flakes into a bowl, and absently pouring the milk over them, have you ever stopped to think, just before taking a big, slurpy bite, “How is this stuff made?” If you went ahead and took the time to find out, you’d […]

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Slow Going at Slow Food (And That’s the Point)

A rift in slow food reveals big growing pains. The foodiverse was all atwitter over this article from Chow last week. A rift has been forming between two factions within Slow Food USA, a non-profit organization that promotes the pleasures of the table, artisanal food production methods, sustainable agriculture, and […]

Easy Tips for Using the Last of Summer’s Produce

Fun ways to ensure a waste-free harvest season. It’s a sad fact that nearly 50% of the food we grow goes to waste. Some of that is wasted in the fields, after harvest, and some in distribution. Out of the food that actually makes it to the store, we, as […]

Field to Flake: How Breakfast Cereal is Made

ColumnHow processed is it? While sleepily shaking your cereal flakes into a bowl, and absently pouring the milk over them, have you ever stopped to think, just before taking a big, slurpy bite, “How is this stuff made?” If you went ahead and took the time to find out, you’d […]

How to Eat: 14 Greatest Hits from The Green Plate

ColumnOur top columns on how to eat ethically. Whether you’re new to Ecosalon, or just beginning to navigate the choppy waters of ethical eating, you’ll find the following 14 links instructive in helping you eat (and live) both well and deliciously. 1. How to Cook Despite your best intentions, do […]

The Best Superfoods Are the Ones Growing in Your Garden

ColumnReaders tell us what they’re growing in their summer gardens. As a fun way to look at what’s in season across the country and in other parts of the world, we took this month’s Seasonal Superfoods on the road. We asked our readers via Facebook and Twitter what they’re growing, […]

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