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Charles Davidson: Foster’s Pie Pan

He was a kind and gentle old fellow with a smudged face and scruffy beard. On his best days he appeared as tarnished and weather-beaten as his tin pie pan still does even now.

November 24, 2022 · 8 Comments

Gabes Torres: Reclaiming Abundance Under Capitalism

Is there a way we can be critical of our cultures of consumption, while also preserving the spirit of abundance? Perhaps beyond preservation, we can reinvent the meaning of abundance altogether.

November 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Jaimie G | Animals

Comedian Jaimie G talks about our treatment of animals, the environmental impact of animal agriculture and much more in this spoken word poem.

September 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

Anne Pinto Rodrigues: The Indigenous Food Cafés Transforming Local Cuisine

The modern food system has a huge carbon footprint. These Indian cafés want to change that.

August 27, 2022 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: Elderberry Magic

In the Native American tradition, the elder is sacred. The soft whistling song I often hear in the branches has been heard by others as well. Elder’s long association with wind instruments suggests that the magical sound comes not from the wind but rather from the tree itself, as well as any instruments carved from elder branches.

July 16, 2022 · 13 Comments

Rachel Hadas: The Seeds

My former student sent me six or seven
little homemade packets—folded paper
labelled and taped. Inside each packet
she’d tucked a few heritage seeds:
squash, lettuce, kale, peas, more I am forgetting.

June 12, 2022 · 3 Comments

Vegan Kitchen: Sweet Potato Taquitos with Cashew Cream

Recipe for Sweet Potato Taquitos Ingredients 2½ -3 cups chopped sweet potatoes (about 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes) 1 cup chopped carrots (about 3 medium carrots) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup chopped red onion  1½ cups cooked black … Continue reading

May 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: Sourdough Starter

One batch of sourdough starter, it is said,
can trace its lineage generations back.
Each fresh loaf carries on the tangy smack…

May 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Henry David Thoreau: On Eating Animals

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilised.

January 8, 2022 · 3 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Derek Sarno | Wicked Stroganoff and other great recipes

Vegan chef Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that’s full of texture and flavor — and good for the planet. (recipes included in this post)

January 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Stroke

It was last week
Tuesday morning at seven
When in the shower
Your right arm became numb

January 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Happiness Family Farm

Rosata, her husband, Prosper, and son, Japhety, work year-round on their small farm to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for the Portland community.

October 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Erin Eberle, Anna Lappe: Eating in the Age of Climate Crisis

A recent analysis on land use estimated that livestock production uses 83 percent of the world’s farmland, yet provides only 18 percent of the world’s total calories.

October 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Brett Wilkins: Animal agriculture emits nearly 60% of greenhouse gases, according to new study

If people are concerned about climate change, they should seriously consider changing their dietary habits.

September 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

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