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11 Chefs Changing the Food System

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Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg highlights a few pioneers in the sustainable food movement

Danielle Nierenberg for The Huffington Post: In the United States, everyone becomes a chef on the Fourth of July. Whether hosting a backyard barbeque or an elegant brunch, Independence Day is as much about sharing a meal with family and friends as it as about observing the nation's birthday. While preparing your own culinary feats for the Fourth, it's never a bad idea to take tips from the......read more

G.O.P. Takes Aim at E.P.A.

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Federal agency emerges as favorite target of Republican presidential candidates

G.O.P. presidential candidates, in a race to gain favor among Republican primary voters, have found a common enemy in the Environmental Protection Agency. Almost across the board, Republican hopefuls are portraying the E.P.A. as a symbol of alleged Obaman over-regulation and a roadblock to economic recovery. Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Herman Cain — all have......read more

Martian Water Guarantees Nothing

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The Search For Alien Life Will Be Very Very Tricky

NASA scientists announced today the best evidence yet that Mars, once thought dry, sterile and dead, may yet have life in it: Liquid water still flows on at least some parts of the Red Planet, seeping from slopes to accumulate in what might be life-nurturing pools at the bases of equatorial hills and craters. These remarkable sites on Mars may be the best locations in the solar system to search......read more

A Parched State Looks to Regulate Private Water Drilling

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Drought-stricken California passes law on drilling for groundwater

Felicity Barringer for The New York Times: FRESNO, Calif. — The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said,......read more

Wonderful Woven Land Art by Patrick Dougherty

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Nature and art collide in these whirling, animated stick sculptures

The work of North Carolina-based artist Patrick Dougherty proves our theory that the most interesting things are the ones that are hardest to classify. Whatever you want to label the sweeping structures he makes from sticks and saplings -- Environmental art? Sculpture? Architecture? -- they are definitely entrancing. Springing from the earth in whirling animated forms, the sculptures inevitably......read more

Patrick O'Hare: Slipstream

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Revealing photo series shows the effects of development on the American landscape

In Slipstream, NY-based photographer Patrick O'Hare offers a revealing glance at spaces we often pass through without giving much thought. A Wal-Mart parking lot in Connecticut juts up against bare rock, a new house development in Virginia sits in a sea of red soil. By contrasting the manmade with the natural, O'Hare provides a poignant comment on the effects of development on the......read more

Patrick Winfield's Polaroid Composites

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NYC artist recycles images into large scale Polaroid experiments

Since 2006 photographer and artist Patrick Winfield has been making massive multimedia works using Polaroids, reinterpreting how we conventionally see this instant film. Winfield explained his approach to Dazed Digital: “My work is about juxtaposing various elements to make something new, playing with the familiar to form some fantasy. A recycling of imagery to create new......read more

Tiny Houses with Footprints to Match

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Derek Diedricksen's salvaged material micro-shelters have mega-charm.

How much space does a human need? According to Derek Diedricksen, not a helluva lot. The family backyard of the carpenter and young father is dotted with tiny structures — the biggest of which measures a paltry 24 square feet — that serve as sleeping cabins and hangout zones. Built from scavenged materials, the little buildings are imaginative excercises in "micro-architecture." What......read more

Eating Green on St. Patrick's Day

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(Without the food coloring.)

St. Patrick's Day is here, which means green food coloring sales are through the roof. No offense to food coloring companies, but we'd rather do it the natural way. Ann Hodgman, writing for Slashfood, has some ideas: Add some green peas to your mashed potatoes to change the color (but not the taste). Use pesto to double green your spinach pasta, or to make green garlic bread. Green......read more

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