Sustainable Seafood: A Guide to the Guides

The James Beard Foundation's guide to sustainable seafood

Fishing practices are harming our ocean ecosystems at an alarming rate by depleting populations, polluting the water, and destroying habitats. Making sustainable seafood choices is something we can all do to make a difference. There’s an array of apps, websites, and other tools to nudge us in the right direction, but which one is right for your lifestyle? We did some research so you can make an educated choice.

You can also download a printable version of our Sustainable Seafood Chart.

GUIDE: Blue Ocean Institute
PLATFORMS: Website and app
TARGET: Chefs and consumers
SPECIAL FEATURES: Users without smart phones can text the name of a fish to get sustainability info through the “... Read more >

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Urban Farming Takes Root

A report on urban farming by the James Beard Foundation

 

A new breed of farmer is cropping up in the most unlikely of places: city centers. Industrial rooftops, once-vacant lots, and the backs of eighteen-foot box trucks are now home to food-bearing farms—and their bounty can be spotted everywhere from farmers’ markets to top kitchens.

 

“Urban farming is one of the most exciting areas for new farmers because it’s happening in so many places, expanding so rapidly, and there is so much innovation and passion behind it,” explains Taylor Reid, founder of BeginningFarmers.org, an online database of urban farming opportunities around the country.

 

According to Liz Carollo, publicity manager for New York City’s Greenmarket program, urban farming and gardening has been on the upswing in recent years. “The more time urbanites spend at their desks and in front of their screens, the more inclination they have to give back and work in a more traditional way, to really get their hands dirty,” she says, “People are... Read more >

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