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Eco-Friendly / Eco-Conscious

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Chocolate for Your Valentine

“Everybody wants a box of chocolates and a long-stem rose,” sang Leonard Cohen in “Everybody Knows,” one of his signature songs. He isn’t wrong. There is a perfect box of chocolates out there for everyone...
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At a growing number of coffee shops, getting a coffee to go means checking out a cup

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 17 days ago

"If you buy a cup of coffee to go at Babette Café in Berkeley, California, later this month, you might not be able to get it in a disposable cup. The owners have one case of compostable cups left, ...

Op-Ed: California Budget Boosts Healthy Food for Kids and Markets for Farmers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 days ago

" . . . This vision focuses on upgrading food quality and freshness, serving more climate-friendly, plant-based and organic food, supporting local farmers, developing food and garden education prog...

2019/20 California olive oil harvest looking strong compared to dismal 2018/19 crop, says COOC

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

". . . 'We had a short crop in 2018 due to weather problems throughout the state, whereas we're hoping for four million gallons in the 2019 harvest . . . more than double what we had in 2018. . . "

How to reduce food waste this holiday season

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"This holiday season, avoid tossing food in the trash by taking these steps: ? Try not to over prepare food; instead try to prepare “just enough.” ? Encourage friends and family to take...

A champion of the unplugged, earth-conscious life, Wendell Berry is still ahead of us

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Today, October 12, is National Farmers Day. Unusual for me on a Saturday, I didn't make it to my local farmers market. In truth, I didn't even leave the house. However, the first thing I read this ...

California crab fishermen are testing “ropeless” gear to save whales—and themselves

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

In April, crab fishermen and consumers were taken by surprise when the Dungeness crab season closed two months early due to a lawsuit and settlement over whale entanglements. https://www.chowhound...

Totem Coffee Roasters | Placerville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

My last mouthful in Hangtown was at Totem Coffee Roasters. Yes, Placerville has its own small batch, artisanal coffee roaster. While my cappuccino ($3.86) was well-made, the Guatemalan-Peru ble...

5 Ways to Host a More Environmentally Friendly BBQ

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . The biggest impact of the cookout, and easiest thing to adjust, is the food. Visit the Farmers’ Market ... Less Meat but better Meat ... Food Waste-free Cookout . . . "

"Wasted!" screening & panel discussion, free (July 20 HMB & Aug 4 San Carlos)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

The Master Food Preservers tackle food waste! "Join the San Mateo/San Francisco MFP program for a screening of the exciting documentary Wasted!, followed by a panel discussion with local leaders...

Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The Earth

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

" . . . Some American farmers were already well on their way to embracing pulses, seeing the role they could play in improving soil health and setting the stage for better harvests of cash crops li...

RECOOL - Igloo's biodegradable reusable cooler

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

" . . . Recool would work well as a cheap, eco-friendly cooler during a tailgate or a quick day-trip to the beach. I can't imagine squeezing in much more than that six-pack or so once you've filled...

Cheap thrills: economical dinner menu that wows

free sample addict aka Tracy L
by free sample addict aka Tracy L 3 years ago

I was going to make a lavish dinner for a friend, but need to scale back as I had a financial set back. He loves Italian food. He lives in Mexico so no Mexican food. I don't want to make pasta as ...

Bluefin Blues: Valuing A Tuna Species Before It's Too Late

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

"... The future for Pacific bluefin is anything but bright. Late last month, new projections from the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean sh...

Edible Cutlery...So Cool!

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by bear 4 years ago

Sorry if this has been posted about before, but this is seemingly a great product with much future potential. The cutlery is made largely from millet, is environmentally friendly, decomposes after ...

Recycling: Do you? How Do you? Etc.

MplsM ary
by MplsM ary 4 years ago

I love that my city of Minneapolis does no-sort recycling and they've added aseptic packaging (Tetra Pak) to the mix of stuff I can recycle. In the last two years I've gone from two trash bags a we...

Is it ethical to eat Bluefin Tuna?

StriperGuy
by StriperGuy 9 years ago

On the Boston board there was discussion of whether Atlantic Bluefin should be eaten. The Monterrey aquarium says no: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx Personal...

Food Container Recycling in Brookline?

opinionatedchef
by opinionatedchef 4 years ago

Does amyone have any links they could share about how Brookline got its smart food related recycling program? I feel very out of it; because I had no idea, until yesterday's lunch at Dorado,that th...

Disposal of "off" or rancid oil

LindaWhit
by LindaWhit 11 years ago

I rarely use canola oil for cooking, but was going to brown some beef short ribs in a large stockpot before putting them into the crockpot this morning. Before pouring a couple of Tbsp. of the oil...

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