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Your Sustainable Fourth of July

Planning a cookout or a picnic to celebrate our country's independence day? From burgers to ice cream to flag-shaped food, we're here to help you make this your best Fourth of July yet.

This Week in Eco News - July 3, 2015

This week's EcoNews features some specific - and innovative - solutions to pressing ecological issues, from a dramatic rise in food stamp dollars spent at farmers' markets to the biggest passive energy building in the world. Learn about these amazing efforts towards positive change, and more!

Eat Well Heroes: Chef Nora Pouillon at Restaurant Nora

Nora Pouillon is an advocate and leader of the local, sustainable food movement in the Washington, DC area. From her cooking to her work to bolster chef-farm relationships in the region through the establishment of farmers' markets, farm tours and more, she exemplifies the level of commitment our heroes exhibit every day. Read on to find out what drives Nora's dedication to sustainable food.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Goat

Some are calling goat next big thing in the sustainable food world. These amazing animals produce lean meat that is tasty and good for you, and their milk is churned into butter and made into cheese. If you haven't tried goat yet, take a page from cultures across the world who know what's what: goat is delicious!

This Week in Eco News - June 26, 2015

On top of all the big EcoNews we've gathered for you this week, we're very excited to announce the launch of the new Eat Well Guide! Use it to search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food!

Eat Well Heroes: Will Witherspoon of Shire Gate Farm

For NFL player Will Witherspoon, football and farming are labors of love. The founder of Shire Gate Farm in Owensville, MO, Will has a passion for raising beef responsibly and advocating for better food in the sports world and beyond. Read on to find out how Will became interested in farming and where he plans to go next.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Sesame

The tiny sesame seed carries big flavor and has made its way around the world to compliment cuisines far and wide. Bringing us sweets, like soft and creamy halva, to garnishing and even composing main dishes, sesame has entered our hearts and delighted our taste buds for centuries.

This Week in Eco News - June 19, 2015

Whether it's a multinational corporation or a single individual, there's always room for improvement when it comes to protecting our planet and using its resources wisely. This week's EcoNews features run the gamut, from our collective use of the world's aquifers, to supermarkets selling ugly fruit (like these gnarly tomatoes), all the way down to how you -- yes, you -- can cut your energy bill in half.

Sweet Days of Summer, the Algae's in Bloom

Algae can be pesky. We've talked previously about algal blooms causing dead zones and poisoning drinking water. Unfortunately, climate change and nutrient runoff are making algal blooms even worse.

Our Heroes: Stacey Murphy at BK Farmyards

Spreading urban farming and food systems know-how to strengthen local communities is Stacey Murphy's expertise. The founder of BK Farmyards, Stacey has been helping others learn and start farms in New York since 2009, and she's got a big plans ahead. Read about BK Farmyards' work and vision in our interview with Stacey here.

North Carolina Ag-Gag Bill Will Help Keep Consumers in the Dark

Last week, North Carolina's state legislature voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory's veto to pass one of the strongest anti-whistleblower laws in the country. Critics explain that the law was crafted to punish whistleblowers who shed light on animal abuse and shield meat producers and slaughterhouses from undercover investigations.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Blue Crab

Blue crabs' bright blue claws and olive green shells turn bright orange when cooked, and are so satisfying on a soft-shelled crab sandwich or cracked open to reveal delicious meat inside. Add a balmy summer breeze and a cold beer to relieve the sting of the crab pot spices and you have summer memories in the making.

This Week in Eco News - June 12, 2015

So much of making sustainable choices is about looking forward and thinking about what is possible! What would it take to get the US to rely on 100% clean energy? Could we feed everyone from food grown within 100 miles of their home? What happens if fracking precautions aren't taken? Find the predictions and answers in this week's EcoNews.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Onions

It's time to give onions the Real Food Right Now attention they deserve. These pungent bulbs are the true workhorses of the kitchen and are absolutely vital to most cuisines around the world. From fresh cut red onions to pickled garnishes, there's nothing quite like their ability to transform a mundane dish into something much more intriguing.

The Buzz on Bees: How We're Saving Our Pollinators

We're facing a major decline of hard-working pollinators, but it's not a losing battle. Efforts to save our bees and other pollinators are on the rise. With bee highways under construction, pesticide-free zones under consideration and everyone joining in to garden for bees, we're almost on track to healing our bees, our environment and our food system. Here's where we're at today.

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