Obsessively good organic dark chocolate.
San Francisco's TCHO makes outrageously delicious dark chocolate from certified organic, fair trade ingredients. The company, which was co-founded by space shuttle technologist-turned -chocolate maker, creates a direct link between cacao farmers and chocolate lovers.
There's a trend afoot. In college campuses across the country there is talk about the evils of industrialized farming, the importance of organics, the beauty of green markets, and the politics of food. More and more kids are opting to intern on organic farms, and due to the burgeoning demand for organic produce bought directly from local farmers, it's a viable field for today's......read more
The small town of Oxford, Mississippi has played a disproportionately big part in American literature, having been home to a bunch of big-name authors, from William Faulker to John Grisham to Larry Brown. The title essay of Brown's final book, "Billy Ray's Farm," discusses his son's quest to become a cattleman. Now, six years after his father's death, the story is......read more
Most of us know the basics of eating and drinking with the planet in mind. Buy organic. Avoid processed, packaged foods. Think about how the food got to your plate. But still, if you want to eat green, it can be daunting to figure out precisely what - and what not - to consume. The SHFT Food Chart is our simple guide for eating green. From fruit and veggies to coffee and chocolate, we have you......read more
Using multiple roast levels to achieve its robust body, Weaver’s Organic Blend boasts bright flavor notes, and a natural, sweet chocolate, and caramel finish. The 100% organic, fair trade-certified beans roasted in San Rafael, California. Named "Best Organic Coffee" on the NBC TODAY Show, Weaver's Organic Blend is the new standard in handcrafted artisan coffee. If you're a coffee lover, you......read more
Thanks to the obesity epidemic and the fact that the average American supermarket holds approximately 45,000 different items, the assumption is that Americans as a people are well-fed, and then some. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. Nearly 50 million Americans, 17 million of them children, go hungry every day. And the problem isn’t a scarcity of food, but a gross mismanagement of......read more
Would our kids forego preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup if they were given the necessary tools to appreciate the alternative? Could they be taught to care about the future of the planet? Judging by chef Alice Waters’ success, the answers are yes and yes. As Founder of Edible Schoolyard, Waters runs the program in Berkeley, California that educates middle school students in an......read more
JIA Inc. partnered with Gearlab from Taiwan to create a one-of-a-kind coffee pot made from their native zisha and bamboo. Zisha, also known as purple clay, is natural clay unique to China, found around Taihu in Jiangsu during the Northern Song Dynasty (1000-1200 A.D.). When fired, the purple clay assumes a fine and sandy texture that retains the temperature of the tea held inside longer than......read more
Anna Getty, organic chef and sustainability expert, and our friend Brendan Hines make organic anti-oxident cocktails with VeeV acai spirit and pomegranate - exclusively for SHFT. This is the first of three recipes Anna shares with SHFT from her cookbook I'M DREAMING OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS....read more