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Not-so-hot chocolate

In a tasting of seven eco-cocoas, only one hits the mark

You're stressed, and it's cold out there. Time to relax over hot chocolate. Let's mull the available eco-cocoas, and pick out one sure to melt away holiday stress!

Iceberg Economies and Shadow Selves

Further adventures in the territories of hope

After the Macondo well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, it was easy enough (on your choice of screen) to see a flaming oil platform, the very sea itself set afire with huge plumes of …

Why take the 'Green Dragon' bait?

Evangelicals are greener than you think

Young evangelicals are increasingly inclined to care about climate change. Don't let the far right set up a false culture war.

A prayer for Owen Meany

Less energy, less pollution, and greater savings. Some dilemma.

David Owen blames a host of evils on efficiency, but fails to back up his accusations with facts.

Feed your mind

Favorite food books of 2010

Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, Novella Carpenter, and many more Friends o' Grist Food tell what tomes they most relished this past year. Plus: A Wendell Berry bonus treat!

Put down the cookies, Santa

Scientists say carbs — not fat — are the biggest problem with America's diet

The L.A. Times reports on the growing scientific evidence that carbohydrates -- not fat -- are more likely to be responsible for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and the other ills of modern civilization. I've certainly …

Locavorting in the snow

Cooking for a crowd in the dead of winter [VIDEO]

A harvest dinner I hosted at Two Pony Gardens was made with 100% Minnesota ingredients, except salt -- hey, I did the best I could!

arguing over efficiency

Rebounds gone wild

David Owen's New Yorker article about energy efficiency misses the point.

All you need is gloves?

Ask Umbra gives relationship advice to a couple battling it out over 'eco-stress'

Ask Umbra gets personal and gives advice to a reader who has a “different level of commitment to sustainability” than her husband. What to do if you’re more eco-aware than the one you love? If …