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Why You Should Plant a Front Yard Veggie Garden

Front yard vegetable garden beds

These front-yard garden beds, separated with rows of stepping stones, look neat and tidy. All photos are of front yard gardens designed by Love & Carrots.

If you’ve wanted to start growing food but don’t have much space, the answer may be right in front of you — your front yard, that is. Front yard vegetable gardens are a growing trend. Nevertheless, some people don’t even consider growing food in the front yard because they think it might look messy or lead to neighbor complaints. Those folks should think again, says Natalie Carver, horticultural director for Love and Carrots, a company that designs, installs, and maintains urban vegetable gardens for homeowners throughout the Washington D.C. metro area.

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The Future of Burgers

Blended Burger with mushrooms

Blending mushrooms with ground meat can make burgers better. Photo: The Mushroom Council

If you follow food trends, it seems that we’re having a reckoning with the all-American hamburger right now. Here’s a look at the changing burger landscape, just in time for Memorial Day.

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10 Cars That Don’t Care About Rising Gas Prices

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Gas prices are starting to rise as we head into summer, and political uncertainty isn’t helping matters. There’s only one way to escape fluctuating prices at the pump for good, and that’s to switch to an alternative fuel vehicle. Here are 10 of the most fuel-efficient vehicles to consider in 2018.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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