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Jan. 04, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Video: Edible Rooftop Gardens Growing In China

The Perennial Plate posted this video about two rooftop gardens in China: One in Hong Kong and one in Beijing. Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Rooftop gardens


Dec. 14, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Sustainable Beef Group Divides Environmentalists

Marc Gunther at Environment 360 reports on the debate within the environmental world over beef. Should environmentalists work with industry to reduce the environmental impacts of beef production or just say no to eating beef? Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Beef


Dec. 12, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

10 Shades Of Green Christmas Trees

There are many shades of green Christmas trees and no official green meter to gauge which one is the greenest. You can decorate a fake tree, a farmed tree, a wild tree, a living tree, a tree delivered by bike, a potted plant, a cut invasive plant, or maybe just a tree in your yard. Here’s a list of options, along with some of the environmental benefits and drawbacks. Which do you prefer? Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Agriculture, Green Christmas trees


Dec. 10, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Local Seafood Meals Offer Traceable Ingredients

A new Portland company called Fishpeople is making packaged meals with sustainable local seafood and other ingredients that can be traced back to their mostly local sources. Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Foodie Friday, Sustainable seafood


Nov. 22, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

My Local, Heirloom, Organic, Free-Range Turkey

It’s my first year eating a heritage breed, pasture raised turkey for Thanksgiving. Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Thanksgiving


Nov. 19, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Eating Local Food In The Winter

By now, most of Oregon's farmers markets have closed down for the season. There are 23 Oregon farmers' markets operating partway through November, but most of those finished up last week. Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture


Nov. 16, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Are You Making Your Thanksgiving Sustainable?

Are you doing anything to make your Thanksgiving holiday environmentally friendly? Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Thanksgiving


Nov. 14, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Graphic: Thanksgiving Foods Grown In Oregon

How much of the Thanksgiving foods Oregonians eat are produced in Oregon? Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Thanksgiving


Nov. 02, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Chart: Global Meat Consumption

While I was reading up on beef earlier this week, I came across this graphic of worldwide meat consumption. One of the takeaways from my reporting on grass-fed and grain-fed beef is that environmentalists encourage people to eat less meat in general to reduce environmental impacts that come from producing it. Is that happening? Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Foodie Friday


Oct. 26, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Which Is Greener: Grass-Fed Or Grain-Fed Beef?

My trip to the heart of cattle feeding country last week raised the question of whether grass-fed beef is really worse for the environment than grain-fed beef. Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Beef



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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