According to a report issued in 2012, approximately 40 percent of food grown and processed in the United States goes uneaten. Now Walmart, one of the nation’s biggest grocers, is working with a Pennsylvania environmental nonprofit to send truckloads of its unsold produce to nearby farms for composting.
While many seed banks preserve the building blocks of commodity plants like corn, wheat, and soy, we recently visited a different kind of seed bank—one that holds onto the elements of native ginseng and black cohosh. Joanne McCoy, director of the North Carolina Arboretum's Germplasm Repository, walks us through her lab in Asheville, North Carolina.
Ginkgo trees are a popular choice for landscape designers because they can deal with tough city air, and their school-bus yellow fan-shaped leaves last deep into autumn. This time of year the female trees drop loads of their stinky nuts onto the streets. Ginkgo are also edible, so The Allegheny Front's Hal B. Klein grabbed his neighbor, chef Dustin Gardner, an experienced forager, to make use of some of the bounty from Pittsburgh's Ellsworth Street.
Food is on many a mind as the holidays get underway. Of course, there will be potatoes and green beans for the big meals. But what about something different? Not long ago, Julie Grant picked up something new at the farmers market—a space-age looking veggie, a kohlrabi, and set out to find some recipes.
Eating local is environmentally friendly, but it's hard to find local meat in the supermarket. So a group of foodies in Pittsburgh have taken 'farm to table' into their own hands. The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier went to find out how, and got in on some of it himself.
The American chestnut was once a keystone species in eastern forests; it was prized for its sweet nuts, rot resistant wood, and picturesque beauty. But it was decimated by a tiny fungus accidentally imported from Japan. Now a few organizations are working to restore "The Mighty Giant."