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Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Ecotrope

How To Make Bony, Invasive Shad Fish Taste Delicious

Ecotrope | June 7, 2013 7:46 a.m.

American shad fish are an invasive species that spawn by the millions in the Columbia River. They're fairly small and really bony, but with the right preparation, they make for a cheap, tasty feast.

Sustainability | Environment | Ecotrope

Oregon Delivers Local Seafood From Boat To School

Ecotrope | April 5, 2013 10:19 a.m.

The school lunch menu in the Bend-LaPine School District looks more like fine dining under a new program that delivers local seafood to Central Oregon cafeterias. Menu items include Oregon shrimp salad loaded with tomato, cucumber, cauliflower, a hard-boiled egg, and a lemon wedge, and baked ginger-soy Dover sole served over coconut rice and topped with fresh pineapple salsa.

Sustainability | Environment | Ecotrope

Ecotrust Honors 6 Sustainable Food Heroes

Ecotrope | March 22, 2013 9:07 a.m.

Who are your local food heroes? Edible Portland magazine holds a Local Food Hero contest every year to recognize businesses that go the extra mile for social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Forestry | Environment | Ecotrope

Tapping Trees For Maple Syrup

Ecotrope | March 15, 2013 1:17 p.m. | Ashtabula County, Ohio

Look closely at the trees in Northeast Ohio and you can see plastic bags fluttering alongside some of the sugar maples. They've been tapped for their sweet sap!

Sustainability | Ecotrope

Food Waste Can Be Turned Into Energy, Too

Ecotrope | Jan. 18, 2013 3:23 a.m.

Last week, a new report released the news that 30 to 50 percent of the world's food is wasted. Food waste makes up 18 percent of the waste currently going into landfills in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Agriculture | Ecotrope

Local Seafood Meals Offer Traceable Ingredients

Ecotrope | Dec. 10, 2012 4:31 a.m.

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.

Sustainability | Ecotrope

Five Wild Foods That Are Hiding In Plain Sight

Ecotrope | Nov. 9, 2012 12:10 a.m.

A lot of us know how to find some kind of wild food: fish, mushrooms, berries…I even figured out how to gather wild chestnuts in Portland.

Agriculture | Ecotrope

Chart: Global Meat Consumption

Ecotrope | Nov. 2, 2012 4:33 a.m.

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?

Sustainability | Ecotrope

Move Over, Backyard Chickens; Make Way For Homegrown Tilapia

Ecotrope | Oct. 5, 2012 6:37 a.m.

Rick Boatner has picked up on an emerging trend in the local food movement: People who want to grow their own seafood.

Sustainability | Ecotrope

Exporting And Re-Importing Local Seafood?

Ecotrope | Sept. 21, 2012 9:44 a.m.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week that the U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high in 2011. The leap from 2010 in the pounds fishermen landed and the value of the catch is staggering: From 1.9 billion pounds to 10.1 billion pounds and from $784 million to $5.3 billion.

Sustainability | Ecotrope

The Pros And Cons Of Curbside Composting In Portland

Ecotrope | Sept. 14, 2012 6:39 a.m.

Well, Portland. We’ve nearly made it a year with our kitchen compost buckets and curbside bins. What do you think?

Sustainability | Agriculture | Ecotrope

Using Soldier Flies To Compost Food Scraps

Ecotrope | Aug. 13, 2012 2:51 a.m.

Portland researchers Radu Popa and Terry Green have an idea they say will make food scrap composting easier, more sustainable and even less stinky.

Agriculture | Ecotrope

No Coal Dust? Mint Farmers Want A Guarantee

Ecotrope | June 29, 2012 5:06 a.m.

Standing knee-deep in a thicket of his mint plants north of Clatskanie on Wednesday, farmer Mike Seely points to a row of industrial storage tanks just beyond the edge of his crops.

Sustainability | Agriculture | Ecotrope

In Chicago: Urban Farm Taps Brewery To Fuel Aquaponics

Ecotrope | April 23, 2012 9:01 a.m.

Oh, this story is so right up my alley. Several companies and volunteers in Chicago (my home town!) are turning a former meat-packing plant into a vertical urban farm that combines aquaponics (a super-efficient plant-and-fish-growing system) with kombucha tea production, beer brewing, biogas energy, and a kitchen that serves up the end result with net-zero waste.

Agriculture | Ecotrope

How Foodies Could 'Eclipse' Environmentalists

Ecotrope | April 13, 2012 7:29 a.m.

A reader just sent me a recent blog post about a story by Bryan Walshin Time Magazine last year: "Foodies Can Eclipse (and save) the Green Movement." Even though the story is a year old, neither the players nor the premise has changed, so I think it's still worth discussing today.

Sustainability | Agriculture | Ecotrope

How To Turn Imported Food Into Local Food

Ecotrope | March 8, 2012 11:18 p.m.

It's one thing to have a restaurant in the Pacific Northwest that serves locally grown food. It's a little harder if you also want that restaurant to serve authentic Peruvian food.

Sustainability | Ecotrope

Yet Another Feast of Sustainable Fishes

Ecotrope | Jan. 6, 2012 4:19 a.m.

Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, thinks his list for a sustainable Feast of Seven Fishes is better than mine.