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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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Alt-Eats
Douglas Brown

Alt-Eats: Beyond Meat Italian Meatballs

Up until we discovered Beyond Meat’s Hot Italian Sausages, I found most alt-meats crappy. The burgers tasted off; I’d much prefer a homemade bean burger (still do) to the patties of ground-beef-looking stuff shaped into thin discs. Faux-chicken patties were bland and really just vehicles for deep-fried things. Tofu dogs were gross.  I remember feeling

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