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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.

Cause medics?!

Ask Umbra on dangerous cosmetics and regulatory loopholes

When one reader learns about all the toxic chemicals in everyday personal care products, she turns to Umbra for help. One way to stay safe: DIY.

'The Suburbs' and bright green urbanism

Friday music blogging: Arcade Fire

You can bet an artist is grappling with questions of place and home and belonging when she belts out a line like, "Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small / that we can never get away from the sprawl ... Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains / And there's no end in sight."

Labor away

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.

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!

the price is breathe right

Buy a breath of 'Fresh Air' in Hong Kong

Oxygen bars are so Japan circa 1997. Huffing canisters of "Fresh Air" is where it's at. Take a look at the breezy infomercial.

when the going gets tusk

How will you keep walruses from learning to fly?

That's what I consider the core message to be of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's cute animated video about climate change's effects on sea creatures. See what I mean.

Black Hawk down

Colorado town won't play nice with bicyclists — but its casino will

You may remember the small town of Black Hawk, Colo., for its recent ban on cycling because bikes were getting in the way of all its casino traffic. Which makes it the perfect destination for a bicycling group's next getaway, says one Black Hawk casino.

GINK gone bad!

Discovery hostage taker was a population-obsessed eco-wacko

It's not often that natalism makes the news -- and with guns and hostages, no less! But population is in the headlines today thanks to James J. Lee, the eco-wacko hostage-taker.