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25 posts from November 2006

November 02, 2006

Dial-a-Bike

Urban cyclists have it easy in London, where bikes can be rented at subway stations, public buildings, and other popular destinations simply by entering a code into a mobile phone. (Similar setups in other European cities require cash deposits or prepaid swipe cards.) Charges range from about 50 cents for 15 minutes to $15 for a whole day. Now if they could just do something about the London weather. . . .

Trendsetter

Smnd06_gl_02Bryant Terry, age 32
Chef and food-justice activist

Growing up in Memphis, Bryant Terry was surrounded by food from his grandparents' organic gardens. After training as a chef in New York City, he founded B-healthy to promote the benefits of sustainable eating to low-income high school kids. His new book, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, pairs coauthor Anna Lappe's food-system expose and tips for greener meals with Terry's inventive, multicultural recipes.

Q: How can people get "grub" into their lives affordably?

A: Find local community gardens, farm shares, and markets. Buy in bulk or create a food-buying club with friends.

Q: What's your cooking philosophy?

A: What's local and in season drives what I prepare. I like to funnel new ingredients through familiar dishes that can connect us with the foods our parents or grandparents ate.

Q: What makes grub different from other food movements?

A: It's inviting: practical, fun, and celebratory. Food should be healing but shouldn't be like taking medicine. It should be enjoyed. --interview by Mia MacDonald

(Photograph by Alex Tehrani)

Fast Fact

The average American eats only one-third the recommended amount of produce each day.

November 01, 2006

Fast Fact

Daily use of beauty products exposes U.S. women to up to 200 chemicals. Only 10 percent of cosmetic ingredients have been screened for safety. safecosmetics.org

Intelligent Design

Walla Womba Guest HouseFrom an off-the-grid island retreat in Tasmania (right) to a solar-powered low-income apartment complex in California, environmentally friendly dwellings come in all shapes and sizes. Twenty-one of the world's most beautiful designs--along with samples of bamboo flooring, recycled-glass tiles, and other features that make these homes so easy on the earth--are on display through June 3, 2007, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, The Green House, will then tour nationwide.

(Photograph by Peter Hyatt, courtesy of National Building Museum)


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