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Broccoli Stalk Soup | Image and recipe via lovefoodhatewaste.comFrom Trash to Mealtime Treasure

Broccoli stalks, watermelon rinds, peach leaves, corn cobs, and the like are labeled as “vegetable remnants” and tossed (ideally composted) after edible plant parts are sliced off. However, a growing group of professional chefs and farmers market devotees are practicing “stem-to-root” cooking – leaving no leaf, stem, seed, or flower un-used. NY Times

Regulatin' and Hatin’

The Obama administration recently proposed voluntary guidelines for the types of food advertised to children that, if accepted, would require all food products marketed to children ages two to 17 to: 1. “Provide a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet,” and 2. “Minimize the content of nutrients that could have a negative impact on health or weight.” As a result of the proposal, two major industry groups (the Sensible Food Policy Coalition and the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative) are up in arms. Civil Eats

A Meaty Debate

Most agree that reducing the amount of meat you consume, or going totally meat-free are both options for cutting-down on the demand of factory-farmed meat – but a debate remains: Does going meat-free save the lives of animals, or negate their existence in the first place? Treehugger

Cut Concerns

Energy and environmental programs may have to prepare for a decade of spending cuts under the debt deal reached on Sunday. Although the numbers are vague at this time, there is much concern over potential cuts to spending on wastewater grants, air pollution monitoring, and biofuels research. Politico

Big City Bees

A new documentary (watch the video here) takes a look at urban beekeeping in NYC, a practice that was banned up until March of 2010. OnEarth