Edible Plants & Flowers In Europe Flowers Edible flowers are typically the most encountered type of edible plant in Europe. It is common knowledge that certain flowers, such as nasturtiums, sunflowers, jasmine flowers and honeysuckles are all edible. However, Europe is home to many other types of edible flowers. A wild example is the taraxacum flower, which is native to the continent and used for its edible seeds. PlantLab: Urban Farms 40 Times More Productive than Open Fields A Dutch firm on the cutting edge of indoor agriculture estimates that producing food for the entire world could take place in a space far smaller than the area occupied by Holland, using just 10% of the water needed by traditional farms. The proposal is not without precedent – Japan already has one prototype urban farm that is 100 times more productive than farmers’ fields. Noting that the vast majority of people will live in cities in the coming decades, PlantLab suggests a solution that involves using existing basements and purpose-built structures for our future food production. This means less energy, space, time and water than conventional methods. Urban farming in controlled environments lets growers take full advantage of variables like custom lighting, using far-red LED lamps in this case that reduce moisture requirements for plants.
Sustainable Life Project Tender Greens began hiring homeless teens to work in their restaurants and saw how food can bring healing and opportunity to young lives. The founders of Tender Greens and Scarborough Farms created a program to provide transitioning foster youth access to a safe, consistent learning and living environment. The Sustainable Life Project partners with local organizations to recruit young adults transitioning out of the foster care system to participate in a culinary internship program to learn about where food comes from and what it's like to work in a fast-faced restaurant. Youth transitioning out of foster care face unique challenges that make them especially vulnerable.
Survival Foods: Cattail, Conifers, Grasses & Acorns Ever wondered what kinds of survival foods you could eat if you were caught in a survival situation? When I first came to Washington state all I could see was a wall of green plants. I knew nothing about what I could and could not eat if I were to get lost in the woods. That changed quickly in Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School program. The curriculum taught me about how to sustain myself with the use of plants, should the need arise.
My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York’s deprived South Bronx district where he began a pioneering project to farm plants and vegetables indoors at Discovery High School. The school’s so-called “edible walls” gave birth to the Green Bronx Machine, a project that helps other schools in the US start their own agricultural programmes to teach children healthy eating, environmental awareness and life skills. As well as continuing his educational work in New York, Stephen travels the world promoting the value of growing fresh produce, both in schools and the wider community. The Green Bronx Machine was an accidental success.
How Does It Grow: Video Teaches Eaters Where Their Food Comes From When we took a video camera into the heart of Philadelphia to ask passersby how foods like coffee, rice and cinnamon grow, the answers — or rather, the inability to answer — was staggering. Almost across the board, if the interviewee was over the age of 60, they did well on our pop quiz. If they were younger, no matter their gender or race, they struggled. "What is flour made from?" The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life? If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds – for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives. Throughout this week and part of the next, I’ll be going into details on how you can prepare and eat these plants. For now though, here’s a quick overview into what they have to offer:
Supermarkets: Is it the End of Empire? News that the ‘Big Four’ major British supermarkets are experiencing massive losses has become so ubiquitous in recent months it hardly seems newsworthy anymore. The most spectacular fall from glory has been Tesco’s – the retail behemoth that, at the height of its market domination, was present in every postcode in Britain and pocketed one in every seven pounds spent in the country. It recently reported a loss of £6.38 billion, the biggest loss in UK retail history. It is currently under criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for fiddling its accounts while simultaneously being cross-examined by the Groceries Code Adjudicator for bullying its suppliers. Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s reported its first loss in nine years to the tune of £72 million, profits at Morrisons were down 52% and Asda recorded its worst performance in 20 years. So is the supermarket model here to stay, or will – and can – British shoppers eventually jump ship altogether?
Non-Edible Poisonous Flowers Chart Non-edible Poisonous Flowers This chart is a list of the most commonly-known poisonous plants and flowers to avoid while selecting edible flowers. It is not complete, so just because you do not see it listed here, do not assume it is safe to eat. Be sure you know exactly what you choose to consume. For more info on edible flowers, refer to my feature on Incredible Edible Flowers and Edible Flowers Chart with links to full-color photos and flavor info. • Edible Flowers Chart • Edible Flowers Information and Recipes • Herb Information • Spice Information • A to Z Recipes and Food UK supermarkets face mounting pressure to cut food waste British supermarkets are coming under increasing pressure to go further than rival Tesco to show shoppers what progress they are making in reducing food waste, as the government insists that such action should remain voluntary. Green campaigners have called on all major supermarkets to put an end to multi-buy deals and other marketing tools which result in customers wasting millions of tonnes of fresh food – much of it still edible – every year. The announcement on Monday by the UK's largest supermarket that it was dropping some food promotions after finding that two-thirds of produce grown for bagged salad is wasted – and revealing food waste data for its operations for the first time – was broadly welcomed.