Get back in the kitchen, you!

Men in aprons, food-police backlash, and 8 more trends

The Food Channel editors say that thanks to our crappy economy, the kind of edibles we at Grist get excited about are finally going more mainstream. Basically, bye-bye food porn and stunt restaurants -- hello …


NYC kids bring urban gardening skills to the roof

Forget swapping chips and pudding: Elementary school kids in New York City can start growing their own lunches in an innovative rooftop greenhouse.

Wine and diner

Six reasons to choose the dining room over the diner

There are lots of great restaurants out there, but eating out regularly adds up in many ways. Here are six reasons why eating at home is superior.

The Gifting Tree

Ask Umbra on surprising last-minute holiday gifts sure to cause a smile

A frenzied reader asks Umbra for last-minute, memorable and sustainable gift ideas. Read this and start checking off the naughty and nice on your list


Why you should eat insects instead of meat [VIDEO]

Marcel Dicke (it's French or something, perv) argues that insects are a savory, eco-friendly alternative to meat. This is apparently not a joke.

Trade-offs and trade winds

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Would you blow up a mountain to save a bird species?

Umbra's discussion of her Book Club pick "Freedom" kicks off with a video of author Jonathan Franzen talking about compromises and energy options.

On the lookout for bushy tail

Hunting, cooking, and eating squirrel [VIDEO]

You've heard about bugs being the next sustainable protein source, but what about squirrel? You may shudder, but plenty of cultures enjoy this plentiful, tasty meat -- and now, so do I.

the ass is always greener

Sex: the next ethical industry?

Few sectors rival the global economic importance of sex, but so far sustainability professionals have left it completely untouched.

Sustainable IQ

EPA names the nation's top smart-growth cities

When it comes to smart growth, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the smartest cities are New York, Baltimore, Portland, and San Francisco.