Culling things over

Time to kill the rooster

There’s a chore I’ve been putting off for some time, that I know will be one of the more unpleasant things I’ve encountered so far on our little farm. It’s time to thin my chicken flock.

graze the roof

Even city chickens want rooftop gardens on their coops

You can keep your mother cluckers cooped up -- while you raise the roof with raised garden beds -- with this chicken coop that doubles as a garden.

Chargrilled and fire-retardant all in one

Fast food wrappers and popcorn bags leach fire-fighting chemical into food

Synthetic chemicals that repel oil and are used on paper packaging to prevent grease leaking, can migrate directly into food.

The Velveeta revolution

The origins of Boulder's school food makeover: Nowhere to go but up

How Boulder schools went from pushing Ding Dongs and sodas to luring chef Ann Cooper to revamp their entire school-food system.

Gear down

Annie Leonard's 'Story of Electronics' tells how our gadgets are 'designed for the dump' [VIDEO]

My newfound obsession with where my tech gadgets come from just got stoked by a new video -- which I watched on a tech gadget. You should, too.

Telling whoppers

The fast-food industry’s $4.2 billion marketing blitz

Yale's Rudd Center reports that the fast-food industry spent $4.2 billion on marketing last year. That's a sign of the industry's robust financial health -- and bad news for the public's health.

Cereal killer

Feeding the world means hogging less grain

How many people can the Earth support? Depends on their level of food consumption. At the U.S. average of 1,763 pounds of grain per person annually for food and feed, the 2-billion-ton annual world harvest would feed just 2.5 billion people.

Food Fight

Do we really have a food-safety crisis?

In this first installment in our debate over the Food Safety Modernization Act, our experts lock horns over food-borne-illness data and whether the problems we have with the food system are about dirty, bumpy vegetables -- or dirty, buggy cattle.

PIN wheelin'

Boulder schools remove the stigma from free school lunches

Fortunately, gone are the days when students had to identify themselves as too poor to buy lunch in order to get fed.

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