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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
April 16, 2018
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Biodynamic agriculture is an ecological approach that views farms as living organisms, with the goal for each farm to be a self-sustaining system.
April 16, 2018
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Here's how you can make a positive impact on the planet when you’re at the grocery store.
March 4, 2016
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Make your own earth- and wallet-friendly household cleaning products; it’s easy and you just might have everything you need around the house right now.
October 12, 2015
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David and Victoria Byrnes founded Yellow Barn Biodynamic because they wanted to try to provide the purest food for their children. On their Biodynamic farm, they both aim to work in harmony with the land and rely on natural resources to make it produce more and better. The result is more than just beautiful produce, it’s chance for their family to make a profound connection to the planet.
September 22, 2015
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PGC has given many thousands of powerful, dynamic, passionate young leaders from around the world an opportunity to step up to "be the change" in their own lives, school campuses and local communities. Here is one participant's story.
April 29, 2015
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Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to be a problem across our oceans. Legislation is critically important to enable the US to play a stronger role in combating illegal foreign fishing and to level the playing field for companies like ours who are working hard to source legal and responsibly produced seafood.
April 15, 2015
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One odd detail that always intrigues folks attending my pollinator conservation workshops is the fact that bumble bees create an audible middle-C musical note to shake the pollen out of certain flowers. Whether we look to wild plants that sustain wildlife such as songbirds and bears, or the nearly two-thirds of our food crops that require pollinators to exist, we can find similarly fascinating events constantly unfolding.
April 12, 2015
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Making the most of groceries doesn’t have to stop with cooking. Check out some ingenious ways to use kitchen scraps for cleaning, skincare and more.
April 11, 2015
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With the season’s egg dyeing and deviled-egg eating, chances are you’re starting to collect a few extra egg cartons around the house. Don’t throw them away!

With a little help from ScrapKins and Whole Kids Foundation®, you can easily turn those cardboard pods into seed starters for your spring garden.

April 9, 2015
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Phosphates. Phthalates. Chlorine. The government does not require full disclosure of ingredients on cleaning products, so how can you know what’s in those bottles?
April 8, 2015
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As an adventurous home chef with a love for experimenting with new recipes and new foods, I’ve had to acquire a sharp set of money-saving skills to get the most out of my budget and my pantry. I’m proud when I use what I have in my kitchen in inventive (and tasty) ways, and happy that Whole Foods Market® can help me. Here are my top 12 ways to minimize food waste.
April 7, 2015
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Food waste is a hot topic. Check out these genius strategies for reusing kitchen scraps.
December 10, 2014
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The holidays are a time of joy and celebration; they’re also a time when North Americans produce more trash than any other time of the year. Here are a few tips to live lighter on the planet this holiday season.
September 12, 2014
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Madeleine Welsch is a sophomore at Skidmore College where she majors in Visual Art and Environmental Studies. She hopes to put the culture back in agriculture by fusing her love of art and the sustainable food movement.

Last October, Madeleine participated in Project Green Challenge (PGC) and was selected to attend Green University. After presenting at the challenge finals in San Francisco, she was chosen as the 2013 winner. This is her PGC story.

June 30, 2014
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Many body care products use plastic microbeads as exfoliators. These microbeads are so small that they can easily slip through water treatment systems and end up in our waterways. Here’s what you can do to help.
June 22, 2014
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Bees pollinate many of our favorite summer foods, including berries, melons, squash and peppers. They’re also responsible for many of the cover and alfalfa that feed beef and dairy cows. Without pollinators, summer barbecues and picnics would be bland.
June 18, 2014
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You can thank a pollinator for one out of every three bites you eat. Bees help produce more than 100 types of crops, everything from almonds to watermelons. They’re also vital to the clover and alfalfa that feed beef and dairy cows. If you care about food, you need to care about bees.
June 10, 2014
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Dr. John C. (Jack) Gilbert is a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Santa Clara University in California’s Silicon Valley. He’s also an amateur beekeeper — or, as he would say, a “sideliner” in the world of beekeeping. We asked him to tell us about swapping his lab coat for a beekeeper’s suit.

April 16, 2014
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From batteries to #5 plastics, there are some recycling challenges out there. But we’re trying to make it easier for you. Here are a few of the things Whole Foods Market stores across the country accept and responsibly dispose of for you.
March 27, 2014
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I live in Austin, Texas, where spring smells like…grape soda.

The Sophora secundiflora or Texas mountain laurel, is a popular native shrub whose flowers smell exactly like the Grape Nehi my grandpa used to drink. In my neighborhood, their sweet scent is a surefire sign that spring has arrived.

March 26, 2014
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At Whole Foods Market, we believe shoppers have a right to know exactly which ingredients are in the products that touch their lives, including their cleaning products. That’s why we created the Eco-Scale® Rating System.
October 17, 2013
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Aileen Sevier writes about the wonderful world of wine for brands like protea. She holds the prestigious Diploma certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, an internationally recognized professional program. She’s sharing her favorite upcycling ideas with our readers.

June 12, 2013
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Bee populations are dwindling, so we’re taking a cue from the hive mind and building partnerships to help protect endangered pollinators.
June 12, 2013
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Passionate about a healthy planet full of good food? Bees are key. Learn simple steps you can take to help keep the US bee population strong!
June 11, 2013
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Here are 4 easy ways you can "bee the solution" and help pollinators flourish.
April 24, 2013
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It doesn’t take an acre of space to grow fresh produce at home. Here are some easy ways to grow fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies in containers.
April 21, 2013
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Whether we’re at home, the office, school or in between, decreasing waste (food, energy and trash) needs be top of mind wherever we go…and however we get there. That’s the only way we’re going to reach our destination of bettering the planet.
April 20, 2013
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MAKE magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home. Projects in the magazine range from old-school balsa wood and tissue-paper airplanes to what to do to keep aging high-tech gadgets alive to building autonomous robots from junk.

In this post, MAKE contributor Tiffany Threadgould shares how to make planters from plastic containers.

April 18, 2013
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The sun generates more energy than necessary for life on Earth, yet only a fraction of that is utilized for solar power. In this video from Dark Rye, we explore harnessing its mighty power. In Arizona an innovative company makes thin-film photovoltaic modules affordable and recyclable, while an engineer in Hawai'i addresses the challenge of storage.

April 16, 2013
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Energy waste is a big problem with some simple solutions that we can all do to help the Earth. Plus, wasting less energy at home also makes cents!
April 11, 2013
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Looking for more? See our earlier post on two easy ways to make every day Earth Day with your kids.

Get Scrappy with Your Recycle Bin

April 11, 2013
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Reaching for earth-conscious cleaners doesn’t mean wiping out your savings. We scoured our shelves for the three must-have products with high marks for safety—yours and the planet’s. These hardworking cleaners go from floor to skylights and everything in-between with cash to spare so you can grab a few rolls of 100%-recycled-paper towels.
April 4, 2013
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We believe in full disclosure. As a result, we developed our Eco-Scale™ rating system, meaning we evaluate every ingredient for environmental impact, safety, efficacy, source, labeling and animal testing. Based on audits conducted by a 3rd-party audit agency, the products are rated red, orange, yellow or green on our Eco-Scale™.
April 2, 2013
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Home is where the heart is, so show the Earth you care there! From your backyard to your bathroom to your closet, we’re sharing 11 of our favorite Earth Month tips for the home.
March 30, 2013
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MAKE magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home. Projects in the magazine range from old-school balsa wood and tissue-paper airplanes to what to do to keep aging high-tech gadgets alive to building autonomous robots from junk.

In this post, MAKE contributor Thomas Arey shares how to make a composter from a trash can.

March 12, 2013
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, an uplifting documentary about one man’s extraordinary humanitarian work and his influence around the globe.
February 5, 2013
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with The Greenhorns, which explores the burgeoning movement of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices and needs.
October 27, 2012
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I’ll have a side of fries with that alternative energy system!
July 24, 2012
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An awesome gift just got better. Our new wallet-ready gift cards are made using recycled paper and wood from responsibly managed forests – no more plastic.
June 20, 2012
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Cantaloupes and bees are a dynamic duo. Here’s why and how with your next cantaloupe purchase you can help “bee the solution" to honey bee decline.