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Huerta del Valle, a four acre organic community-supported garden and farm in Ontario, San Bernardino County, California. Lance Cheung / USDA

By Nina Sevilla

Food insecurity rates have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but even before March 2020, many Americans already faced challenges accessing healthy and affordable food.

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EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

By Douglas Broom

  • In the US, over half of fresh fruit and vegetables go to waste.
  • But a new invention claims to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit.
  • A simple sticker can add an extra 14 days of freshness, says StixFresh.
  • Using natural plant compounds, the sticker creates a protective layer, slowing the ripening process.
  • The company is hoping to extend the process to vegetables.
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The bright patterns and recognizable designs of Waterlust's activewear aren't just for show. In fact, they're meant to promote the conversation around sustainability and give back to the ocean science and conservation community.

Each design is paired with a research lab, nonprofit, or education organization that has high intellectual merit and the potential to move the needle in its respective field. For each product sold, Waterlust donates 10% of profits to these conservation partners.

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The most popular type of Michigan potato is the round white, used as a fresh market potato and for chips. Randy Schaetzl, professor of geography at Michigan State University

Climate change poses significant dangers to global food supplies as rising temperatures make storage more difficult, The Associated Press reports.

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Climate-friendly menus are possible through easy changes that don't compromise on flavor or cost. Alexander Spatari / Moment / Getty Images

By Edwina Hughes, Richard Waite and Gerard Pozzi

With people increasingly aware of the climate impact of their lifestyles, the spotlight is falling on the food we eat. Agriculture and related land-use account for nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But not all foods are created equal, and plant-based foods are generally a lot less resource-intensive to produce than animal proteins. Take beef vs. beans: per gram of protein, beef production uses 20 times the land and generates 20 times the GHG emissions as beans.

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For coffee drinkers, there's really nothing more terrifying than the thought of waking up one morning and being all out of java. One way to ensure that never happens is to sign up for a coffee subscription service. This not only keeps you well-stocked, but it also gives you the opportunity to sample some high-quality and organic coffee beans from around the world.

Of course, like any specialty beverage or product, a coffee subscription box should match your own preferences while also being good for people and the planet. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the top organic and specialty coffee subscription options on the market today.

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Hawaiian food rescue group Aloha Harvest has helped to prevent food waste during the ongoing pandemic.

Last year, COVID-19 lockdowns forced many restaurants to close and events to be canceled at the last minute, so a lot of food that was already purchased stood to be wasted.

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If you're looking to create a healthier lifestyle through an organic plant-based diet, produce delivery services offer all that you can buy in your local farmer's market from the comfort of your own home. Plus, many of them are a great way to reduce food waste through rescued produce and pantry staples.

The ability to cook more meals at home is an amazing opportunity to ditch a sugar and fat-fueled diet and fuel your body with fruits and vegetables. Here is a curated list of the best produce delivery services available.

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Have you ever wanted to have your own fruit tree, growing right there in your front yard? If so, one option to consider is the Meyer lemon tree. This unique citrus tree has become a favorite among home gardeners, as well as those who simply want tantalizing citrus fruits available anytime.

But what is the Meyer lemon tree, exactly? What makes it so popular? And what should home gardeners know about caring for one? In this guide, we'll cover all those subjects and more.

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Wildflowers attract pollinators, benefiting fruits and vegetables. Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

By Brian Lovett

As winter phases into spring across the U.S., gardeners are laying in supplies and making plans. Meanwhile, as the weather warms, common garden insects such as bees, beetles and butterflies will emerge from underground burrows or nests within or on plants.

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Rural communities in the Australian state of New South Wales are battling a "plague" of mice that has struck the region.

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A new study finds using red seaweed as a feed supplement can reduce both methane emissions and feed costs without affecting meat quality. ahavelaar / Getty Images

By Ermias Kebreab and Breanna Roque

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock.

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Bell peppers were added to the EWG's 20201 "Dirty Dozen" list. Michelet-密是力 (talk)

Are you worried about getting a serving of pesticides with your produce?

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