Lesley Lammers is a freelance journalist focused on the intersection between the environment, food, justice, health and social entrepreneurship. Lammers has written for the New York Times, the Green Chamber of Commerce, Good Life Report, Common Ground Magazine, and EDFish. You can follow her at: @LesleyLammers


Survey Shows Most Restaurants Recycle & Consumers Dig It

A survey conducted in March and April 2011 by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) with support of Georgia-Pacific Professional was recently released, assessing restaurant recycling habits and consumer demand for and perception of restaurant recycling programs. The resulting report entitled Recycling for All the Right Returns:  Meeting Demands of Consumers, Nature – and Restaurants’ Bottom … Continued


Zynga and Dreyer’s Give Farmville Players a Real Life Farm

Farmville, the widely used Facebook game, is moving players’ hands off the computer keyboard and into some real, non-virtual dirt this summer. On June 13, Farmville’s top winning competitors will have the opportunity to travel to Farmville, VA and plant a real fruit orchard.  The creation of this new orchard is to acknowledge the branded … Continued


Organic Eggs Not Created Equal, Says New Scorecard

Next time you’re at the grocery store aisle picking out eggs, you might need to think twice before assuming one organic brand is interchangeable with another. According to the Cornucopia Institute (CI), a non-profit which promotes economic justice for family scale farming, all organic eggs are not alike. They recently released the report Scrambled Eggs: … Continued

Kraft Foods Announces Big Sustainability Goals for 2015

Kraft Foods, the packaged food and snack giant — which includes such household brand names as Oreos, Triscuits, Ritz, LU, Maxwell House, Kool-Aid, Chips Ahoy, Jell-O, Cadbury products, Oscar Meyer, Nabisco, & Kraft macaroni and cheese products – announced this month that they will be increasing sustainability goals for the 2010-2015 period. In addition to … Continued

EU Trial Project to Compensate Fishermen for Catching Plastic Waste

The European Union’s fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, revealed new plans to pay fishermen to catch plastic trash in order to solve the simultaneously detrimental issues of decreasing fish stocks and the buildup of plastic debris in European fishing waters. A pilot project will begin this month in the Mediterranean whereby fishermen will be given the … Continued


Landfill-Bound Lobster Shells Find Home in Recycled Products

Ever wonder what happens to all those lobster shells after seafood processors de-shell them before packaging?  Millions of lobster shells end up in the landfill each year, while only a small portion become seafood garden compost or lobster meal, an additive in animal feed.  A few innovative academics and businesspeople took on this waste stream … Continued


Interview with Starbucks VP of Global Responsibility, Ben Packard

With today’s launch of Starbucks’ tenth annual Global Responsibility Report for 2010, Ben Packard spoke with me about what the company has accomplished this year and what challenges lie ahead in achieving their environmental stewardship, community involvement and ethical sourcing targets. To view the interactive report, visit:  http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility Lesley Lammers: Thanks for taking the time … Continued


Clif Bar Marks Ten Years of Sustainable Business Practices

One decade ago Clif Bar & Company made a commitment to be sustainable and today has proven to continuously raise the bar for fellow entrepreneurs on what it means to be a sustainable business. From the outside, it appears as though Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, Clif Bar’s co-CEOs, and their innovative staff have thought … Continued

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Habitat Horticulture’s “Living Walls”

City dwellers who spend their daily lives surrounded by a concrete and steel jungle often yearn for something that resembles nature and can bring them back to earth amidst their urban environment.  This is where Habitat Horticulture Living Walls + Design decided to step in.  The landscape architecture company’s core belief is that “plants provide … Continued


Seed Bomb Business Explodes in UK

In the spirit of pro-activism and guerilla gardening (gardening without permission), seed bombs are usually thrown into vacant, blighted lots under the cover of night, but with their growing popularity perhaps folks will start tossing them around on their morning walk with the dog.  Seed bombs have traditionally been made with rich soil, a few … Continued


The “Urban Farming Guys” Seek to Transform Blighted Kansas City Neighborhood

 The Urban Farming Guys are a group of self-proclaimed “revolutionaries” made up of 20 families who decided to move from suburbia to the inner-city of Kansas City, MO to start a community urban farm and sustainable living experiment.  The families all bought houses within a five block radius of one another, aiming to provide … Continued


Trademark Controversy Spurs Outrage, Emboldens Urban Homesteaders

In the past, the Dervaes family of the Dervaes Institute has been in the national media spotlight, often portrayed as one of the leaders of the urban homesteading movement.  Referring to their project as the Path to Freedom, the Dervaes are known for turning their one-tenth of an acre property in Pasadena, CA into multiple … Continued

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Goats Become Latest Battle Over Urban Animal Raising

The battle for urban backyard goats has proven itself to be a bigger challenge than that of the urban chicken, because — no pun intended — goats are a whole different animal.  Often seen as more of a disturbance, goats’ larger size, noisiness, stench, and impressive ability to chew through just about anything haven’t exactly … Continued


Big Tree Farms Bolsters Artisanal Balinese Food Producers

Blair and Ben Ripple began Big Tree Farms back in June 2000 on a humble one eighth of an acre, which has expanded to ten acres where now over 80 varieties of crops are sustainably grown all year round in the pristine, mountainous central highlands of Bali.  Picture lush green rolling terraced hills of 30 … Continued

Brooklyn Restaurant Sells Handbags Made from Hide of Animals on Menu

To eco-conscious foodies, stories about restaurants in urban centers composting food waste, growing their own garden out back, or recycling kitchen oil for biofuel are all most likely old news.  But who knew that the latest bold move toward more sustainable restauranteuring would be a fashion statement? Forward thinking Marlow & Sons is putting a … Continued