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Whole Foods to Halt Sale of Unsustainable Fish

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Grocer announces plan to stop selling 'red-rated' seafood

As of April 22 (aka Earth Day 2012), Whole Foods shoppers will no longer be able to purchase fish pulled from depleted waters or collected through unsustainable means.  The Austin, TX-based retailer will no longer stock fish and other seafood rated red, as in "avoid," by a color code established in partnership with the Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. That includes......read more

Supermarket Without Bees

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What would the produce section will look like if bees went extinct?

Between Colony Collapse Disorder, declining genetic diversity, loss of crop diversity, and exposure to pesticides, these are tough times for honeybees. North American honeybee populations are declining at a rate of around 30 percent per year, and the British Beekeepers Association said more than a third of colonies died in England this past winter. That means trouble for our food supply. One out......read more

What Does It Mean To Be A "Forager" For Whole Foods?

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Rachel Signer for Collectively

You may think of a "forager" as a guy in a plaid shirt, with a scruffy beard, wearing knee-high rubber boots and digging into the earth for pea shoots, ramps, or exotic mushrooms. Those people exist! But a professional forager is someone who is crucial to the construction of regional food systems. And he or she probably does visit farms and forests sometimes, but more likely is leading a fairly......read more

Grain Salad Goodness

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Delectable whole grain summer salads -- and they're good for you too

Nothing against rice and beans, but there's a whole world of grainy goodness beyond, a culinary realm that's criminally ignored in most kitchens (including our's). Barley, bulgur, quinoa, millet — whole grains are readily available, easy to cook, and make for scrumptious summer salads. After 30 years making salads using rice, beans, and lentils, LA Times writer Russ Parsons dove......read more

Carl Warner: Food Landscapes

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Surrealistic "foodscape" photos may make you hungry.

At a quick glance, Carl Warner's photos look like romantic landscape paintings, complete with wild seas, moody skies and rolling hills. Look a little closer, and you discover that the pictoral elements are actually pieces of produce from Warner's local market. The leafy trees? Heads of broccoli. Those seaside stones? Potatoes. “I tend to draw a very conventional landscape as I......read more

Is Real Time Farms the Wikipedia of Food?

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A new website aims "to collectively document the whole food system"

The locavore craze, once the domain of a handful of hardline foodies, has gone mainstream. A seeming majority of restaurants now list describe their food as "local." But do we know where precisely each ingredient was produced? Not now, but if Real Time Farms has its way, we will soon. Launched by an ex-Google software engineer in the spring of 2010, Real Time Farms is a web-based, crowdsourced......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-29-11

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Whole Larder Love is the best food foraging blog ever, Alternative Apparel hits the street, ants make rafts to defy floods, and more.

Foraged Food Porn: Thanks to Cold Splinters, we just discovered our new favorite food blog. Whole Larder Love comes correct with "thrilling yarns of cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting" from Ballarat, Australia. Beauty photos! Re Up Gang: Looking to build green? The Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange is the online encyclopedia of materials reuse. Good resource. Eco Brick and Mortar:......read more

Good Mood Foods

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Comfort food is real, say scientists

Happy news for lovers of berries, tea, and chocolate. New research finds that the natural ingredients in these foods bear a striking chemical similarity to a widely used mood-stabilizing drug, and may have some of the same benefits."Molecules in chocolate, a variety of berries and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids have shown positive effects on mood," said Karina Martinez-Mayorga, Ph.D.,......read more

Turn the Lights Up

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SHFT Advisor Gary Hirshberg on why the American food system needs to label genetically modified foods

Americans care about the food we eat and feed our families, now more than ever. In the span of just a few weeks, "pink slime" became a consumer phenomenon, leading to the unprecedented rapid-fire removal of the product from major stores and schools, the closure of production plants and USDA approval of voluntary labeling. Talk about legislation through retail. It's not just ammonia in beef.......read more

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