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Seattle Plans Public Food Forest

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Fruit foraging zone to be planted in the heart of the city

Believe it or not, there was a time when food didn't come packaged for purchase at a grocery store, when eating a meal meant going out and finding food yourself. Eager to get in touch with our foraging roots, a growing group of people are getting passionate about picking wild food from our own backyards. Now, progressive minds at the city of Seattle are hopping on the foraging bandwagon, with......read more

Seattle Takes On Fast Food Packaging

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Progressive regulations will eliminate most fast food packaging from the landfill.

Never mind, for now, fast food's negative nutritional value and its contribution to America's obesity problem; the one thing that really irks us about the industry is all the garbage it generates. If you're wondering where all those boxes, wrappers and cups end up when you're through, look no further than your local landfill, where they sit, for all intents and purposes,......read more

Fleet Foxes, "The Shrine/An Argument"

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Sean Pecknold's tripped-out animation for top track off Seattle folkies' latest LP

We managed to miss this one when it dropped late last year, and goddamn if it may just be one of the videos of the year. At 8-plus minutes, "The Shrine/An Argument" is a certified epic, and maybe the best track off the Seattle folk heroes' patchy 2011 LP, Helplessness Blues. The video, directed by Sean Pecknold (brother of Fleet Foxes frontman Robin), features some eye-popping stop......read more

Seattle's Food Forest is Open for Foraging

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After a successful planting season, America's first urban food forest gets set to produce forageable edibles

Last year, we let you know about a successful proposal to plant a food forest on unused green space in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. With a seven-acre parcel land donated by Seattle Public Utilities, and a $100,000 grant from the city, the Beacon Food Forest is set to become the nation's largest forageable space. We're happy to report that the project is going full steam ahead, with......read more

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis On Growing Up In Seattle's Outdoors

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From the good folks at The Nature Conservancy

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis discuss what it was like growing up in Seattle's outdoors. Watch as they discuss growing up on Capitol Hill in Seattle and how nature's beauty influenced them. Mackelmore describes how he started rapping and freestyling when he was hanging out at parks at night.  ...read more

On Tuesday, March 24, an overturned fish truck turned Seattle into a parking lot, giving residents of this traffic-clogged city yet another reminder of the pitfalls of a transportation system built almost entirely around automobiles. The truck was headed south on State Route 99 carrying a load of frozen cod when it tipped, blocking all southbound lanes of one of just two main north-south......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-29-10

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Weekly links: Volt vs. Leaf, a bottled water ban, and the Fridgecouch.

New York Times auto writer Christopher Jensen took the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for a spin. Read his review at NYT Wheels Blog. Principles of sustainability are gaining traction in the fashion world. The new issue of JC Report has a nice feature on trends in sustainable fashion design, covering eco-minded brands like Chistopher Raeburn and Bodkin. Graphic......read more

Jonathan Safran Foer on Meat

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Breathtaking photos of East African wildlife.

In Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book "The Eating of Animals" the lauded novelist dives deep into the complex morality of eating meat. An avowed vegetarian, Foer stops short of preaching the vegan way of life, but presents some pretty damning testimony about factory farms and the lives of animals raised on them. The Atlantic correspondant Jeffrey Goldberg had a discussion with Foer......read more

Alter Eco: Outstanding In The Field

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For artist and chef Jim Denevan, ephemeral land art and sustainable food provide the same charge.

In this clip from ALTER ECO, Denevan discusses his work cooking impromptu meals from local ingredients and making temporal art in the sand....read more

Catch Me If You Can

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New rules of the sea mean new recipes on the plate.

Like so many fisheries around the world, the seafood stocks off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. have been decimated by overfishing. The situation is so critical that regional fisheries managers believe that many of the most commonly fished species, including grouper, sea bass and red snapper, are in danger of disappearing for good. Recreational and commercial fishing for those species have......read more

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