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The greatest wannabe junk food on the planet — 'extreme baby carrots'

If only vegetables had bright packaging, adrenaline-packed commercials, and millions of dollars for marketing campaigns! Maybe then they could compete with the glitzy success of junk food. Or they could go the route of "baby carrots" and pretend they're junk food anyway.


The Climate Post: Will the "dead" climate bill become a federal renewable energy standard?

Read about Sen. Lisa Murkowski's primary loss, ocean desertification, what's next for environmentalists, Chinese coal plants, and more.

couldn't punch their way out of a plastic bag

California bags the plastic bag ban but makes solar leap

The Golden State failed to ban plastic bags and may reverse its landmark climate bill AB 32, but it's also adding solar panel capacity like crazy.

Back in black

Latest Gulf oil well explosion was no disaster, but what does it say about offshore drilling?

Thursday's fire in the Gulf had little in common with the BP disaster, but critics of offshore drilling say it highlights how risky the practice is.

clean up on aisle green

It (almost) can't get more local than growing at the grocery store

Are farmers markets not fresh enough for you? Do you love the experience of walking down aisles of food which the grocery store can offer but cringe at the miles and minutes it took for your dinner to reach you? Then Agropolis may be for you!

Everyday low standards

The price of cheap Walmart eggs? Mummified hens and tainted eggs

Atrocious sanitary conditions prevailed within the factory-scale facilities responsible for the egg recall. But the structure of the U.S. food market and the companies that benefit from its consolidation are far more to blame than any one egg tycoon.

Once there were parking lots

New Agtivist: Gene Fredericks is thinking inside the city’s big box

They're the bane of urban and suburban areas alike: the vacant, boarded-up K-Marts and Home Depot Expos. But where most people see blight and a waste of space, San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur Gene Fredericks sees opportunity: to grow food. Lots of food. Fredericks' latest venture, Big Green Boxes, offers a new, high-tech, sustainable approach to Feeding the City.

Crude conversation

Will we ever get off oil? [AUDIO]

If the Gulf oil disaster doesn't make us reconsider crude, then what will? Our expert panel tackles whether and how we'll move beyond fossil fuels.

Cash for Coal Clunkers

We should pay to shut down dirty old coal plants

“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Inspired by this adage, we could create a positive financial incentive to induce power companies to shut down old coal plants. And because coal plants are so costly to society, a Cash for Coal Clunkers program could be revenue neutral.

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