By Eden Canon

Beef, Dairy And Drought

As meat and dairy prices rise, questions on the viability of the industry’s dependence on just a few key grains are being asked a little louder—and this time by more than just sustainable food enthusiasts. In order to understand the full impact of drought on the meat and dairy industry, it is important to understand…

Drought: Greatest Hits Of The 2000’s

To get some insight into just how frequently extreme weather events take place, and how they affect food production, let’s look at droughts and severe heat waves that have taken place around the world in this new millennium. Tune in and feel the heat of Drought: Greatest Hits Of The 2000’s.

The Solar Powered Kitchen

Will the kitchen of the future run on alternative energy? What does the kitchen of tomorrow look like now that we are well on our way into the 21st century? Although many of the solar powered kitchen devices
2012 Food Legislation

2012 Food & Agriculture Legislation

Laws have an enormous impact on how your food is produced and what you are allowed to know about it. 2012 saw some important legislation (or lack, thereof) that will effect the food you eat.
Child Poverty & Hunger During The Holidays

Child Poverty & Hunger During The Holidays

Many children who live in low income families depend on free or subsidized school meals, without which they would literally go hungry. But what happens when the winter holidays arrive? For some children, poverty doesn’t just mean a lack of presents or going without a Christmas feast. It means two or more weeks of hunger.

Artisan Cheese Making: Cowgirl Creamery

Eden Canon interviews Sue Conley, co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery, to discuss the practice of artisan cheese making, the importance of sourcing locally, and the environmental impact of cheese production. When we pick up groceries at the store, we rarely consider each product’s environmental impact in light of its production chain—from farm, to processor, to distributor,…
Detroit: Creating Oases in a Food Desert

Detroit: Creating Oases In A Food Desert

Home to Henry Ford’s assembly line, Detroit was once affectionately referred to as Motor City—the epicenter of American car production.  With the recent collapse in the American automobile industry and overall economic recession that has ravaged the United States over the past four years, over a fifth of Detroit households do not even own a…
Foie Gras Controversy

Foie Gras Controversy

Though a culinary delicacy, many consider foie gras to be inhumane. Learn what it is and why it’s banned in many countries. The author explains the history of foie gras, and also new, humane ways of making it that do not incorporate force-feeding.

Carriage House Farm

Meet farm manager Richard Stewart, garden manager Kate Cook, and native plant specialist Abby Artemisia of Carriage House Farm. In a recent interview with EthicalFoods.com, they discuss the reasoning behind switching from conventional farming to using no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, why they are not certified organic, and how large agricultural corporations try to gain advantages over small independent farms.

Natural vs Organic Meat

When it comes to meat labeling, nothing is as confusing as understanding the difference between Natural and Organic meat. Here’s what you need to know about the Natural label.
New Zealand Food Bill

New Zealand’s Food Bill: trade food, go to jail

New Zealand’s laws to ban citizens from trading home grown food has chilling effects on hyper-local foodsheds and urban farming. In response to a growing demand for urban agriculture, and an ever lengthening list of threats to food security, city governments all over the world have been faced with the challenge to augment city planning…
How Urban Farms Feed The Poor

How Urban Farms Feed The Poor

One of the primary missions of urban farming is to provide local communities with access to clean, fresh produce. It is no surprise then, to find that urban farmers have found various ways in which their farms and neighboring edible gardens can feed the poor—who have the least access to one of the most basic necessities.

How To Create A Hyper-Local Foodshed

Can you and your neighbors produce a complete diet for the community from your own home gardens?  Own Dell believes so, and gives his tips for defining, organizing and creating your own hyper-local foodshed. Situated on some of the most fertile land, many suburbs have a legacy of once being extensive orchards or acres of…

Converting Lawns To Productive Urban Home Gardens

As people wake up to the fragility of a global agricultural system dependent on oil, they are turning their focus closer to home—and finding abundance in their own backyards. We explore three examples of urban backyard food gardens and the surprising amount of food that can be grown with very little space.

The Beacon Food Forest

The next time you run low on fruits and veggies, instead of driving to the grocery store, how about taking the kids on a trip to the food forest to see what’s in season? Seattle is creating just such an edible landscape. Imagine yourself in a forest in which almost every plant, shrub, and tree…
Starting A Free Communal Food Exchange In Your Neighborhood

Starting A Free Communal Food Exchange In Your Neighborhood

Owen Dell talks about his experience starting a free neighborhood food exchange and working toward food security through converting ornamental suburban landscaping to edible ones. Owen Dell is a sustainable landscape architect and advocate of edible landscaping in suburbia.  In my interview with Owen, he describes how a free food exchange that he and a…

Creating Food Security Through Edible Landscaping pt 2

We continue our conversation with Owen Dell about food security and hyper-local foodsheds. If you haven’t read the first part of this fascinating interview with Owen Dell, you can find it here.  Owen lectures around the country and internationally on sustainable landscaping and related topics. He is the author of How to Start a Home-Based…

Urban Homesteading

People who live in urban and suburban environments are turning to homesteading to become more self-sufficient, depending less on a system that has grown out of touch with reality. People who live in cities and suburbs are becoming aware and empowered to find ways to unplug from cycles of dependency and consumerism.  By changing their…

Santa Barbara Food Not Lawns

Community food exchange fosters a resilient hyper-local foodshed. Many home gardeners find that they grow more produce than they can eat.   Residents in Santa Barbara have found an alternative to using this surplus as mere composting material—they’ve decided to pool their suburban harvests to create a free community food exchange. Santa Barbara Food Not Lawns…
Eco Anxiety Work Dreams

Zombie Apocalypse

Most people have work dreams, and author Eden Canon is no different. Only her work dreams are all about sustainable food.
Urban Homesteading in the UK

UK Urban Homesteaders Tim and Ros Payne

UK homesteader Tim Payne explains that his reasons for embarking on homesteading extended beyond his family’s desire to become more independent from a food and resource distribution system which relies on a dwindling natural resource.

Reading The Leaves: Organic Tea

Buying organic is a first step in ensuring the quality of your daily cuppa. But issues of ethics in this ancient trade are being addressed outside the world of organic certification.

Organic Kerala

Alongside China, India is quickly taking the lead in the global movement to convert farmland to certified organic crops.One Indian state implements sweeping change in a move to shifting to 100% organic production.

What Is Organic Meat?

What does the certified organic label on meat actually mean? Some consumers mistakenly assume it represents the highest standard of nutrition, humane treatment of animals and sound ecological practices.

Choosing Chicken: The Label Game

What’s with all these labels?  Organic, free range, cage free—find out how to select the best chicken and why it matters. I’m looking for a real chicken.  It used to be a simple affair—picking out a chicken at the market to bring home for dinner.  Now I am confronted with a raft of labels to…
what's in pet food

How Pet Food Is Made

Pet food has become a convenient market for waste from meat and grain producers which are deemed inedible to humans. But what are these ingredients?
humane certified eggs at Coastal Hill Farm

How To Choose The Best Eggs

Certified organic, free range, cage free. There are so many options when buying eggs, but what do they mean, other than a steep price premium? Author Eden Canon takes a closer look at labels, in search of a healthy, ethically produced egg.

Organic Certification: Farmers Weigh The Costs

Some farmers who practice organic farming, and even those whose methods achieve a higher level of environmental and ethical cultivation, have decided against getting certified organic. Farmers share their thoughts about the pros and cons of certification.

Humanely Raised Meat: How to Buy Pork

Many avoid pork because of the lurid abuses endemic in conventional pig rearing. But, with a little research, conscientious carnivores can still delight in bacon and porchetta. Ethically raised pork is becoming easier to find as small scale local producers embrace pasture-based farming.

The Cost of Organic

The eye-watering disparity between the price of conventional and organic goods has influenced the perception amongst shoppers that healthy, wholesome food is very pricey. But why does organic cost so much more?
alternatives to store bought pet food

The Secret Language Of Pet Food Labels

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. Names like ‘chicken formula for cats’ and ‘beef flavored dog food’ are actually regulated to mean very specific things in the US. Understanding the code can help you select the best product for your pet.

Ethical Food On A Budget: CSA

Buying organic, local and sustainably raised food can wreck your grocery budget. Joining a Community Supported Agriculture scheme can help keep costs down, while providing you with an abundance of clean, locally produced food.
sustainable restaurants colonie nyc

In The Walls: Reclaimed & Recycled Materials

Whether through the use of what would be considered industrial waste or bringing back a piece of history by using antique items, restaurants are finding innovative and inexpensive ways to build uniquely environmentally friendly businesses.