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How Investment Bankers Cause Starvation

You can forget the familiar argument about whether or not sustainable, organic agriculture can feed a growing population, or whether we need genetically modified foods to increase production. It’s nothing more than a Red Herring. It’s not that we don’t have enough food to feed the world. The problem is […]

How the Food Industry Influences What We Eat

I have a friend who refers to the Standard American Diet by the acronym SAD. This is an apt description indeed. Think about it. We have more colorfully packaged choices on the shelves of our supermarkets, more new flavors of cereal, crackers, and chips than we know what to do […]

Fit to Eat: News from the Food World

ColumnThe Meat Eaters’ Guide to Climate Change, score one for the chickens, GM food labeling, and an unlikely prison hunger strike. Once a month, The Green Plate harvests the most interesting, biggest, weirdest, and puzzling recent news stories on food politics, the food industry, eating trends, and edible discoveries from […]

Eating Local and Organic By the Seasons

Okay, so you know how to shop the farmers’ market and you know that when you shop the farmers’ market, it’s easy to buy what’s local and in season because that’s what the farmers are selling. But most people still do the majority of their shopping in grocery stores. When […]

The Holiday Food Box: Because Everyone Loves Food Edition!

Just in time for holiday shopping and gift giving: The Box is back! Our exclusive EcoSalon shopping must-have, the curated eco product assortment known as The Box, is back, with the Holiday Food Box. We’re offering $500 worth of holiday eco-goodies for just $99 and these won’t last. That’s a […]

Frugal Cooking: Spaghetti Frittata

Whenever I’m cooking pasta, I always put the proper amount of dry pasta for the number of servings I want into the boiling water and then I do something crazy every time – I add at least a handful more! It just never looks like enough, even though I know […]

The Friday Five, Vol. 2

A weekly round-up of EcoSalon’s top stories. Take five. Here’s an at-a-glance chance to reconnect with or catch top stories you might have missed this week at EcoSalon: 1. Fashion writer Kelly Drennan thinks We Can All Afford To Slow Down, asking us to consider why it is we need […]

Persimmons Passion

Perhaps you’ve seen this pretty orange fruit, not known what to do with it and just continued on with your apple and pear buying ways. But looking ahead to weeks of nothing but apples and pears until the citrus comes in can feel pretty boring on the heels of summer’s […]

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, […]

Mercury in Seafood: How Do You Know How Much Fish You Can Safely Eat?

Wondering how much fish is safe to eat? I recommend following the government recommendations; not the bogus calculations from The Center for Consumer Freedom. I was first clued into the Center for Consumer Freedom’s fish and mercury calculator by Food & Water Watch’s Blog. The Center for Consumer Freedom bills […]

Ribollita (or Italian Bread Soup)

An extra hearty vegetarian (or not) soup that can serve as a one-dish meal, Ribollita is Italian peasant food. It’s a great way to use up stale bread and it provides plenty of nutrient-rich leafy greens. Ribollita is rich and satisfying and the beans provide all the protein you need. […]

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 […]

NYC’s Bold Blueprint for Building a Better, Greener Food System

Cities across the nation suffer from some of the same ills regarding poor quality food and inequitable distribution of healthy, fresh produce and other unprocessed foods. But New York City has a bold plan that could very well serve as a model for the rest of us. Communities in every […]

Pick a Peck: It’s Time for Sweet Peppers

In my farmers’ markets right now, there are piles upon piles of peppers: Gypsy peppers, banana peppers, poblano peppers, and many unnamed varieties. My challenge is that I do not like them raw and, even cooked, they are a bit hard for me to love. I think that is because […]

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 […]

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The Holiday Food Box: Because Everyone Loves Food Edition!

Just in time for holiday shopping and gift giving: The Box is back! Our exclusive EcoSalon shopping must-have, the curated eco product assortment known as The Box, is back, with the Holiday Food Box. We’re offering $500 worth of holiday eco-goodies for just $99 and these won’t last. That’s a […]

Last Minute Ideas for a Seamless Thanksgiving Day

To-do list: shop, prep, make easy appetizers, think now about what to do with leftovers. Your guest list is done, the menu is planned – now the fun part begins. Whether it’s vegan tofurky, a traditional elaborate menu, or the potluck path, here are some tips and ideas for making […]

Wake Up to the (Secret) Farm Bill

The Super Committee and the Secret Farm Bill. If the words “Farm Bill” make your eyes glaze over and your head start bobbing, you’re not alone, but slap yourself awake because the Farm Bill is not just for farmers; it’s for all eaters. And it matters.

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 […]

12 Umami Boosting Secrets to Making Vegan and Vegetarian Fare Tasty

 Umami, known as the fifth taste, is what makes certain foods savory and deeply flavorful. When you taste something with complex layers of flavor that fill the mouth and satisfy the soul, it’s likely you’re tasting umami. Umami is famously present in many animal products including cheeses, aged meats like […]

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