The omnivore's delight: One day, four meals, and 53 species

If variety is the spice of life, we Homo sapiens are the spiciest of species. I calculated that in just 24 hours, I consumed 53 species spanning four biological kingdoms and five continents. Here's why our diet biodiversity matters.

Scientists believe BPA is risky — it's just a matter of agreeing on how much

The New York Times' recent recap of the current science behind bisphenol-A's dangers suggests that scientists are waiting for results from a two-year, government funded study on the chemical to confirm what they already believe.

Meat eating can be an environmentally friendly choice, argues George Monbiot

Vegans have long been the ornery saints squatting cross-legged at the intersection of the food and environmental movements. But a new book has persuaded George Monbiot, for one, that there is a way to eat meat and dairy with a …

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 Feeding the City

Can Oakland plant a policy revolution to match its grassroots efforts?

Unlike in Seattle or San Francisco, urban ag projects in Oakland have flourished through benign neglect.

This Labor Day, will Trader Joe's finally do right by farmworkers?

Trader Joe's is among the most recent targets of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Campaign. But if Joe is feeling the heat, he ain't showing it.

The environmentalist's paradox: we do better while the earth does worse

More people have more money, health, mobility, food, and security than ever before in human history. The natural world, however, is going to sh*t.

Six ways to save time and energy in the kitchen

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get your kitchen organized. Here are some tips that will help you cook delicious meals from scratch quickly and easily, and waste less of that seasonal produce you're buying.

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? …