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Douglas Brown

Biden’s Climate Assessment and Report Card

Biden’s 100 days in office passed last week, and media outfits across the country issued report cards. The crackerjack team of research savants at Campfire Content World HQ read through many of the summations, taking note of achievements (and failures) on the green and climate fronts.  The Biden Administration announced one fresh effort just yesterday.

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Upcycled Food public relations marketing
Upcycled food
Douglas Brown

Upcycled Food Seal Fights Climate Change, Creates Markets

Farmers leave behind hay straw. Manufacturers send sunflower husks and banana peels to the composter. Breweries and distilleries go through enormous volumes of grain; most of it never is consumed by humans, although plenty gets fed to livestock. Meanwhile, people and food service companies toss colossal volumes of food into the trash, most of which

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Bees needed for biodiversity
Sustainable agriculture
Douglas Brown

Biodiversity, Bees & Avocado Toast

For bees to survive, they need wild habitat rather than fields of crops; large-scale food production fails to provide homes for them. As Big Ag increasingly turns wilderness into manicured, mono-cropped fields of commodities, it eliminates more and more bee habitat. The trend has enormous implications for food, world economies and more according to a

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Sustainable agriculture
Douglas Brown

The Bee Conservancy Saves Pollinators With Hive Program

I haven’t yet encountered bees in 2021. Once the snow melts this month, however, I will visit thousands of them. Shortly after the row cover shrouding mustard greens like arugula and kale at Black Cat Farm is removed, the plants begin producing blossoms. Honeybees will swarm. For many, it will be their first taste of

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Alt-Eats
Douglas Brown

Alt-Eats: Trader Joe’s Soyrizo

A few weeks ago Annie started talking about nachos. An image quickly commandeered the collective family imagination: corn chips, layers of molten cheese, pickled jalapeño slices, beans, homemade salsa, sour cream. Drool. We added nachos to the meal menu, and picked up ingredients during the weekly and masked swing through our markets. As the engines

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Zero waste
Douglas Brown

EarthHero Curates the Good Stuff, Rejects the Junk

It was the symbols that first sold me on EarthHero, an online retailer specializing in sustainable companies and products. Click on something interesting — a shampoo bar, a t-shirt, a yoga mat — and symbols attached to the product appear: USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, B Corp, Charitable, and so on. I counted 72 different labels

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