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Darfur Stoves Project

Darfur Stoves Project

Since the Darfur crisis began in 2003, women living in the refugee camps walked for up to seven hours outside the safety of the camps to collect firewood for cooking, putting them at risk for violent attacks. Now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove, which is greatly reducing both the women's need for firewood and the threats against them.

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The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Everybody loves chocolate, but did you know that small daily doses of dark chocolate are good for your health? Read the story and watch the video to learn about the precision engineering and chemistry behind the beloved treat.

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Should Soda Be Taxed?

Should Soda Be Taxed?

From KQED Education Do Now: Soda, while sweet and inexpensive, may not be worth drinking. Sugary drinks can have many negative health effects, including a 26% greater risk of type 2 diabetes for regular soda drinkers (one to two cans per day). Should soda and other sugary drinks be taxed for health reasons? Why or why not?

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On GMO Labeling, Oregon and Colorado Learn from California Ballot Defeat

On GMO Labeling, Oregon and Colorado Learn from California Ballot Defeat

As Oregon and Colorado vote on GMO labeling, advocates say they learned from the defeat of a similar measure in California in 2012. Watch the video to learn more.

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Farmers' Markets Are Good for Communities…Right?

Farmers' Markets Are Good for Communities…Right?

A new project at the University of Wisconsin will help farmers' markets figure out how to meet the needs of their communities.

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Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Cattle are leaving drought-parched pastures to go where the grass is greener and it could lead to long-term changes in the industry.

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A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

San Francisco-based artist Phil Ross creates sustainable materials from mushrooms. What started as an art project has now turned into a budding startup.

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Local Farmer Sets His Sights on a New Crop: Crickets

Local Farmer Sets His Sights on a New Crop: Crickets

Insect protein is all the buzz lately, and for good reason — it doesn’t require many resources to produce. Now one urban farmer in Ohio wants to cash in on that trend.

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5 Things Everyone Should Know About Washing Food

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Washing Food

Why washing your food is not always the best approach.

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From Squalor to Shiitakes: the World's First Biocellar

From Squalor to Shiitakes: the World's First Biocellar

Lots of people are experimenting with ways to deal with urban blight. In this new video from QUEST Ohio, watch how one man is turning an abandoned house into what could be the world’s first “biocellar.”

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Shrimp from Wisconsin? New Aquatic Farming Methods Are Making It Possible

Shrimp from Wisconsin? New Aquatic Farming Methods Are Making It Possible

High-quality, high-protein, and healthy shrimp are being grown indoors in Wisconsin, far from the seashore.

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The Future of Sustainable Food: Q&A with Wendell Berry

The Future of Sustainable Food: Q&A with Wendell Berry

Farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry discusses agricultural policy and current trends in the sustainable food movement.

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What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?

What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?

In this short animation we tackle the confusing terms “heirloom,” “hybrid,” and “genetically modified,” and explain one reason the difference matters.

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Using Science to Grow Better Strawberries

Using Science to Grow Better Strawberries

Watch how scientists and farmers work together to grow strawberries in hostile climates.

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Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries

Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries

Community-supported fisheries seek to reverse the trend of diminishing local seafood supplies.

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Omaha’s Farm on Wheels

Omaha’s Farm on Wheels

In this video, QUEST takes a ride with Truck Farm Omaha, an organization with an innovative method for teaching urban kids about growing food.

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Foraging for a Better Beer

Foraging for a Better Beer

Watch as a Durham, NC brewery makes persimmon beer from foraging to fermentation.

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Food Scraps:  An Urbanite’s Dilemma

Food Scraps: An Urbanite’s Dilemma

When it comes to doing what’s best for the environment, compost is king. But sometimes it doesn’t fit into city life. Garbage disposals offer a simpler solution for getting rid of food scraps, but how do they stack up?

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Keeping Cows Cool as Temps Heat Up

Keeping Cows Cool as Temps Heat Up

If you’re looking for relief on an unusually hot summer day, so are the cows grazing in the pastures. When temperatures climb, milk production drops.

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Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

A $17 million greenhouse pioneers large-scale hydroponic technology and replaces vacant land in a troubled Cleveland neighborhood.

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