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Turning Detroit's Invasive Plants Into Community-Building Art

Megan Heeres invites locals to pitch in to transform unwanted shrubs and grasses into paper.

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Getting Shoppers to Make Healthy Choices at Corner Stores Remains Elusive as Ever

Even with intense community outreach and education, making fresh food available doesn’t translate to consumption.

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Your Memorial Day Nemesis: The Wire Grill Brush

Hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized after accidentally eating some nasty bristles.

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Visualizing 40 Years of the American Diet

Kale just recently landed a prime spot at the table.

A New Bill Could Clear Up Some of That Confusion About Date Labels on Food Packaging

Legislation introduced this week calls upon federal agencies to standardize those perplexing stamps.

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Can Hungry Goats Restore Urban Forests?

In Brooklyn, Prospect Park is enlisting a herd to eat up invasive species that have proliferated since Hurricane Sandy.

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Step Inside This World Made for Bees

A living art installation aims to carve out a habitat for at-risk pollinators.

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What Can Looking at Visual Art Teach Us About Navigating a City?

A lot about being aware of our surroundings, for starters, argues a new book.

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Everyone Is Super Confused About Food Labels

A new survey shows how the lack of standardization is contributing to the food waste crisis.

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A Rallying Cry for Ugly Vegetables

In New York City and Washington, D.C., massive festivals are celebrating weird-looking produce—and fighting the problem of food waste.

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Want to Meet Your Neighbors? Take a Cue From Co-Living Spaces

“Dorms for adults” aren’t for everyone, but they have the right idea when it comes to intra-building communication.

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Making Craigslist Exchanges Safer

Doing business within sight of police cameras: a security “no-brainer.”

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Why Cities Have to Care About Native Plants

Across the U.S., groups are working to fend off invasive species by helping local ones take root.

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The Ultimate Party for Literary Nerds

Across the U.S. and Canada, rallies are celebrating independent booksellers.

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Playgrounds for All

The success of “joint use” programs in San Francisco and New York shows the benefits of opening schoolyards up to the local community.

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This Plucky Little Strawberry Illustrates the Food Waste Crisis

A new PSA follows fruit from field to trash can.

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Turns Out, Growing Weed Is Really Bad for the Environment

The plants use up tons of water and dirty fossil fuels.

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Scamper Up the New Bouldering Wall Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge

The largest outdoor bouldering facility in North America is open for business—and part of a national trend of fusing recreation and public health.