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Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free

Yes! Magazine - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 05:10

Photo by Andy King.

Artist Seitu Jones was troubled to see people relying on convenience foods because healthy shopping choices are difficult in his St. Paul, Minn., neighborhood. Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal?

With the help of Public Arts St. Paul, funders, farmers, chefs, and 400 volunteers, Jones created a free dinner of ginger chicken, green vegetables, collard greens, beans, rice, and apple cider for 2,000 guests. Poetry and choreographed table service made the event a meal to remember. Next on the menu for Jones’ multiyear project, Create: The Community Meal, are mobile demonstration kitchens and classes on affordable, healthy cooking.

The following photos were taken Sunday, September 14, on St. Paul's Victoria Street.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Andy King.

Photo by Bob Muschewske.

Valerie Schloredt wrote this article for Cities Are Now, the Winter 2014 issue of YES! Magazine. Valerie is associate editor at YES!.

 

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Hinkley C hovers on the brink - Europe's nuclear giants face meltdown

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:11
Doubts are growing doubts that the Hinkley C nuclear power station, the EU's biggest construction project, will get the final go-ahead from the UK government, writes Paul Brown. And that's leaving the European nuclear industry, already in serious financial difficulties, facing a struggle for survival.
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As Hinkley C hovers on the brink, Europe's nuclear giants face meltdown

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:11
Doubts are growing doubts that the Hinkley C nuclear power station, the EU's biggest construction project, will get the final go-ahead from the UK government, writes Paul Brown. And that's leaving the European nuclear industry, already in serious financial difficulties, facing a struggle for survival.
Categories: Ecological News

The fight of their lives: After years of neglect, Canadian thalidomide survivors make a plea for help.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
The thalidomide scandal caused a furor in Canada in the early sixties, shocking a nation that trusted in the safety of medications and the federal gatekeepers who were supposed to screen them. The story has been largely forgotten, but its victims have never escaped it.
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Air pollution costs EU up to 189 billion euros: EU agency.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to 189 billion euros ($235 billion) in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland, the European Environment Agency said in a report published on Tuesday.
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Federal judge sides with Pebble to halt EPA, for now.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay.
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Indians seek decent housing by their beloved river.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
A federal fact-finding report shows there are Native families who were dislocated by the dams on the Columbia River who did not receive relocation assistance or alternative housing. The report was issued earlier this year. So far, it has been greeted with silence.
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The resilient thalidomide survivors are in great need as they age.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Canada’s thalidomide victims are resilient, but now time is catching up with them. We have the money to make the remaining years of our 95 thalidomide victims bearable and dignified. We should do it, and do it quickly.
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The GOP targets the EPA, again.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
It was inevitable that congressional Republicans, bloated by midterm hubris, would renew their attack on science with the vigor of a sadistic child who tears the wings off butterflies.
Categories: Ecological News

Improve state preparedness.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
While debate continues over whether climate change is generated by human activity, Cuomo bypasses that argument to deal with realities: New York increasingly faces unusual, dangerous and deadly weather events. It must improve its ability to predict, prepare and respond.
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Was GE’s PCB dumping legal and permitted? Not always.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
As General Electric Co. nears the completion of the required portions of its PCB dredging project, a debate is heating up over whether the company should have to remove additional contaminated sediment within the upper Hudson River.
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New House GOP better for science - by a micron.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Climate change denialism, which is rife in the GOP, should be seen as essentially an economic sop to powerful interests who don't want to face the short-term costs that climate remedies would impose on them. But it uses the vocabulary of science, not economics, to make its threadbare case.
Categories: Ecological News

Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks biomimicry can tackle water problems. He has spent the last decade trying to correct imbalances through imitating natural processes to address environmental problems. Kania believes there are few ailments that copying nature can’t heal.
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In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit US launches.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.
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From rapper to Chief Seattle’s descendent, many are eager for Duwamish River cleanup.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Rapper Macklemore rolls up in his signature old black Cadillac, sporting black Ray-Bans and big boots. But fortunately, Seattle’s beloved star isn't here to perform. He’s come to this heavily industrial and polluted part of South Seattle to go for a paddle on the river he’s made his cause celebre: the Duwamish.
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Bird flu is major threat to poultry along migration routes.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
A bird flu strain found in Europe represents a major threat to the poultry industry in countries crossed by migrating wild birds, two intergovernmental organizations said on Monday.
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Federal forums reveal deep divisions on causes of, solutions to pollinator decline.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
As federal agencies develop a nationwide strategy to reverse a dramatic decline in the number of pollinator insects, a pair of recent public forums revealed deep disagreements among the issue's stakeholders: beekeepers, farmers, environmental activists and chemical companies.
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invisible tailpipe.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Whether they want to or not, carmakers are having to rush out all manner of zero-emission vehicles that use either rechargeable batteries or hydrogen fuel-cells to drive the wheels.
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North Carolina committee probes new uses for coal ash.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
North Carolina's orders to close Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash ponds pose a 108 million-ton question: Are there better uses for ash than burying it in new holes in the ground? The answer is a qualified "yes," a state committee charged with probing that question learned Monday.
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Large-scale die-off of small seabird along Sonoma Coast.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Scientists up and down the West Coast are monitoring what appears to be a large-scale die-off of young Cassin’s auklets, small seabirds whose breeding grounds include a colony in the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco.
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