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How the World Eats Its Vitamins

The culture that led to the creation of our favorite nutritious meals says a lot about who we are.

It was French philosopher and epicure Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin who said in 1826, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” Not to be taken too literally, Brillat-Savarin simply meant that food has a mind-body influence. This age-old adage didn’t really become integrated into English and American food culture until nutritionist Victor Lindlahr’s catabolic diet demonstrated that certain foods like fish, berries, and greens could burn more calories than they contained, proving the correlation between food and health.

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Overfed on Calories, Starving for Vitamins and Minerals

If we cut fat and sugar from our diet, what’s left to eat? Actual food.

When Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett published their delightfully comic end-times spoof Good Omens in 1990, the slick character Famine read like another in a long line of excellent rim-shots. Famine was in the lucrative business of selling foodstuffs with nutritional value roughly equivalent to that of a Sony Walkman. Famine delighted in a line of MEALS™, so the story went, that added sugar and fat to non-nutritional offerings, allowing people to at the same time “get very fat” and “die of malnutrition.”

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Pocket EPA: iPhone Gadget to Measure Environmental Hazards

New gizmo will measure local radiation, electromagnetic pollution, and whether or not food is organic.

It's a hazardous world out there. Some things we have control over—like the food we put on our plates—but other risks are harder to detect. Lapka Electronics sees an opportunity in our anxiety over contaminated environments and is soon bringing a device to market that holds some promise to mitigate the toxicity to which we're all exposed.

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Why Are We Fooled By Urban Outfitters? Miley Cyrus Outs Urban Outfitters for Donating to Anti-Gay Candidates

We shouldn't be so surprised that major corporations don't support our values, even if they have an alternative vibe.

Urban Outfitters has certainly been in the spotlight lately. Stevie Koerner was added to the long line of artists claiming the chain lifted their designs without giving them credit. Twitter then exploded with Outfitter haters. Even Miley Cyrus jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting, “Love that everybody is hating on Urban Outfitters…. Not only do they steal from artists but every time you give them money you help finance a campaign against gay equality. #SHADYASHELL.”

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Get Schooled on Sustainability at TreePeople's Green City Fair

This weekend Angelenos can learn how to live responsibly in the big city at TreePeople's first-ever Green City Fair.



Did you know that there's a secret forest on Mulholland Drive? This is not the plot for a new David Lynch film, we swear. Wind your way up Coldwater Canyon, all the way to the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, and you'll stumble into an outdoor sanctuary, complete with a cool, shaded fruit orchard; hiking trails; and a soothing watershed garden. It's the headquarters for the local environmentalist and citizen forestry nonprofit TreePeople. And this weekend would be a great time to visit: The group is throwing its first-ever Green City Fair.

Hosted by Hollywood's resident green guru (and reality TV star) Ed Begley, Jr., the Saturday fair will showcase solutions for living responsibly in this big, chaotic city of ours. Workshops taught by local pros will include lessons on how to harvest your own rainwater, how to make apartment living sustainable, and how to manage pesky pests in an organic way (all free, just be sure to sign up ahead of time). There will also be live music by $2 Shows, food from Whole Foods, and demonstrations and information from a long list of vendors and partners, including us. We'll be at a table with the crew from Bunch Design, who will be sharing their incredible vision for a tree-centric Los Angeles which they debuted at our Steal This Idea design event in April.

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When you're trolling the aisles at the grocery store and you slip from the cereal aisle to the shampoo section, do the definitions change? If it says "organic" on both a bottle of sunscreen and a box of crackers, what does that even mean? We’ve asked Joe Dickson, who works with the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and at Whole Foods Market, which recently announced strict new organic guidelines for its body care section, to set the record straight.

GOOD: What does organic really mean?

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