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Senators Deliver Seeds to Arctic

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Chili peppers spice up remote seed vault.

Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties.......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-28-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

A wind power mega-project -- the largest in the country -- breaks ground in the Mojave Desert. The VeGZAtarian: Eater interviews Wu Tang's lyrical genius and resident raw food guru. In Fast Company, a great slideshow of EV chargers of the future may have been published just a little too soon. The small print: At a mere 220 square feet, the L41 is a subcompact home with a tiny footprint. ......read more

Jam On It

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Shawn Traylor's fig jam is fre-fre-fre-freshhhh.

Bum. Bum. Bum. Bum. Bumpabum bum bum.Jam on it. (Yeah yeah, we know, we know) - Newcleus Like many of you, my first encounter with figs was of the packaged elf-made snack food variety. And like some (and I’m guessing fewer) of you, my first encounter with JAM was the aforementioned 1983 NYC electrofunk classic. See, in Louisiana we were always about JELLY. I jest. About the jam, I mean. But......read more

Farmers Markets Exploding

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In spite of exponential growth, farmers markets still only account for a tiny proportion of U.S. food economy.

Over at Grist, Bonnie Azab Powell reports that farmers markets are growing like weeds all over the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 6,132 farmers markets in the United States, a 16% increase from last year and a 214% increase from 2000. California leads the charge with 580 markets, followed by New York, Illinois, and Michigan. However, only one sixth of......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-12-10

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Weekly link pile: Affordable LED bulbs, crazed collages, and getting pissed about climate change.

Home Depot announces LED lightbulb that costs under $20 -- and lasts for 30 years. Seiko Kato's collages are, how you say, AMAZING. Sea Change: Photographers respond to the BP oil spill -- with optimistic pics of sustainable farming, beekeeping, and urban homesteading. No more Mr. Nice Guy: "End of Nature" author Bill McKibben says it's time to get pissed off about climate......read more

Here, Fishy

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NYT's Cooking With Dexter grills up bluefish with salsa verde.

There's probably nothing more rewarding than cooking food that you caught or grew yourself. It's a primal thing. Food just tastes better that way. In yesterday's New York Times Magazine, Pete Wells recounts his failed attempts to help his son Dexter catch a fish for the fam to eat. The fishing efforts may have come up short, but the recipe doesn't.Fish With Grilled Salsa......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health and......read more

Betting on the Farm

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Popular farming internships teach people how to plant and plow.

It ain't no cushy, high-paid summer position, but these days it's just as coveted. Farming internships are being flocked to by people of all stripes, eager to learn the tangible skills of food production. In the New York Times Sunday Magazine this week, Christine Muhlke writes about the increasing popularity of farming internships. She pays a visit to Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Michigan,......read more

Habana Outpost

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A Brooklyn eco eatery cranks up its green design game.

Sean Meenan's Habana Outpost in Brooklyn is pushing the eco restaurant game to new heights. The eatery is part of Meenan's stellar, Caribbean-influenced Cafe Habana enterprise, which includes the original location in Manhattan's East Village and a new one in Malibu, Calif., opened earlier this year. Over at Inhabitat, Bridgette Meinhold gives a nice rundown of all the green......read more

The Communal Oven

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Michael Pollan experiences the magnetic social power of the cob oven.

In some Mediterranean towns, communal "cob" ovens — primitive, domed cooking devices made of mud, clay, stucco, and straw — act as centers of social gravity where friends and family meet, greet, and eat. Last summer, a group of culinary enthusiasts gathered in a shady backyard in Napa, CA to give the traditional cooking method a try. The case included bestselling food writer......read more

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