The Next Green Plate Special: Local Food is Top Trend for Restaurants

From Environmental Leader: Restaurants To Become ‘Greener,’ Offer More Local Produce In 2009 In 2008, the No. 1 trend among chefs was local produce, according to the “What’s Hot” survey released by the National Restaurant Association.The study found that 89 percent of fine-dining operators serve...

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Tags: Food industry, Green dining, Green market, Local food, Restaurants

Join Us In Our Search for a Virtuous Diet

In 1726 Benjamin Franklin decided to become virtuous, ridding himself of one vice at a time. Some of his targets, like frugality and moderation, are things we can all work towards. If you're game for trying to attain all 13 of his virtues, you can try his method for yourself by downloading his tr...

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Update on Sale of Recycled Clothing

An earlier post discussed the coming regulations for children's clothing and toys, designed to protect them from lead and phthalates. See this update from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not req...

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Tags: Charity, Kids, Second-hand, Shopping, Thrift

Alice Walker and the Many Soul Food Traditions

Writer Alice Walker is not shy about discussing food. In a recent interview with the Vegetarian Times she discussed her own diet. In novels like In the Temple of My Familiar she describes the preparation of crab gumbo with such loving precision you could almost use the passage as a recipe. One o...

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Sales of Used Clothing for Kids to Hit a Snag After Feb. 9

Children outgrow clothes and even toys so quickly that many parents either buy clothing used, donate their gently-used togs and toys to thrift stores, or sell them on consignment. When the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act goes into effect on February 10, however, these used articles upon w...

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Tags: Add new tag, Charity, Contaminants, Kids, Second-hand, Shopping, Thrift

A second life for books

One of my holiday gifts to myself was a pile of new books. Normally I try to go to the library or buy used books, but these are titles that weren't available used. Now that most of the pristine editions have been devoured, I've started thinking about the carbon footprint of these new books. The M...

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Tags: Books, Carbon offset, Second-hand, Trade, Volunteer

One Last Thought About the Holidays

Well, the holiday season is over. Lights were taken off the houses, menorahs were carefully wrapped and put away, and trees set on the sidewalks for recycling. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the post-holiday sales! My, I'm really going to miss all those advertisements for cars with really ...

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Food Deserts: Grassroots Response

City dwellers band together and start their own community gardens in Detroit. Watch this video from Red State Road Trip, Detroit: Necropolis Reborn - Could this be the city of the future?

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Food Deserts, Rural and Urban

While certain areas of the country are naturally more arid than others, one would think that access to foods from a supermarket would not vary starkly by region. Food deserts are areas where grocery stores and healthy restaurants are in short supply while corner stores and fast food restaurants a...

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Food, Pleasure and Science

Michael Pollan created a famous seven-word rule of thumb for a good diet: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." In an interview with Tara Parker-Pope about his book, In Defense of Food, he mentions three of the biggest players on the playing field when it comes to diet: food, pleasure, and sci...

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