Dirty Dozen: Why to Always Buy Organic Potatoes

There are foods that I buy organic only occasionally, when I’m feeling flush, and then there are those, like potatoes, that I always make sure to buy organic. I think I got that from my mom, who was the first to tell me about how heavily conventional potatoes are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. She always recommended that I either buy organic, or be sure to thoroughly peel conventional potatoes. Continue reading Dirty Dozen: Why to Always Buy Organic Potatoes

Dirty Dozen: Orange You Glad It’s Not Tropicana

When I was a kid, my mom bought cans of frozen juice concentrate from the grocery store, and we mixed it with water in a pitcher to make our juice. Then, somewhere between junior high and high school, we, like most people I knew at the time, switched over and started getting cartons of seemingly-fancier not-from-concentrate OJ. Continue reading Dirty Dozen: Orange You Glad It’s Not Tropicana

Arcosanti: An Experiment in Sustainable Living

Arcosanti was an unplanned stop on the Southwest Tour, but it turned out to be one of the most interesting places we’ve been. The driving principle behind Arcosanti is “arcology,” a term coined by the mastermind behind the development, architect Paolo Soleri, that describes a combination of architecture and ecology. Continue reading Arcosanti: An Experiment in Sustainable Living

A Chicago Aquaponics Update

Earlier this winter I wrote a story for the Chicago magazine Mindful Metropolis about the possibility of urban farmers to start farming with aquaponics in Chicago (read the full article here). One of the people I interviewed for the story is John Edel, an entrepreneur who hopes to convert a large, unused building into a vertical farm with aquaponics grow beds. Continue reading A Chicago Aquaponics Update