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Category Archives: Sustainable

Affordable organic

The benefits of organic food and sustainable agriculture are becoming more widely known, but it’s still pretty expensive to switch to an all-organic diet. In a recent New York Times health blog post Five Easy Ways to Go Organic, author Tara Parker-Pope suggests a few foods that are affordable and make the biggest impact on [...]

What’s the word? Free rice

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is free rice for the hungry: play a vocabulary game at, and for each word you define correctly, the website will donate ten grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme. This may not sound like much, but since the website’s inception [...]

Intelligentsia Coffee Roasting Works tour

This past Saturday, we took a tour of Intelligentsia Coffee‘s roasting facility in the West Loop, which just might be one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets. There are few tours that engage all five of your senses, and it was a really enjoyable and informative experience — viewing the huge, colorful cast iron roasters, touching the [...]

Demystifying organic food

Over the past few years, Americans have taken a much greater interest in organic food; U.S. sales totaled nearly $17 billion in 2006, up 22 percent over the previous year. Whether its increasing popularity is due to wider availability, the desire for better quality food, or even perceived trendiness, more people are choosing organic over [...]

Green City Market favorites

From May through October, I visit the Green City Market in Lincoln Park almost every Saturday morning. There’s nothing else like it in Chicago, and in fact the venerable Alice Waters has called it “the best sustainable market in the country”. There are over 30 producers who participate in the market and it’s practically impossible [...]