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11 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

Refrigerators are marvelous inventions, but they tend to be overused by many home cooks, who assume that everything will last longer if refrigerated. The fact is, some foods do benefit from chilling, but others do much better if left at room temperature. Learn which foods you should not refrigerate for longer lasting, better tasting produce.

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This Simple Cooking Trick Can Save You 100 Gallons of Water and Make Dinner Taste Better (Video)

Ah, the kitchen. The heart of the home, the happy place, the spot where all the magic happens … and a place of prodigious waste. From unimaginable food losses to the cult of disposability to the needless frittering away of resources, the place that nourishes us is also a place where much is squandered.

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Coffee Workers Are at Risk of Contracting 'Popcorn Lung'

Here's something to think about over your fair-trade, organic brew.

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Guess What Scientists Found in Your Favorite German Beer?

Researchers filtered 24 brands of German beer for contaminants and found some things that really shouldn't be there.

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7 Food Strategies for a Natural Energy Boost

Food is fuel for our bodies, and our bodies reflect what we put into them. By learning how to eat in ways that boost energy and combat fatigue, you can do a lot to optimize your mental and physical performance throughout the day.

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6 Shocking Facts About Seafood Production

Gone are the peaceful afternoons of waiting for a fish to bite the line. The seafood industry is a vicious and brutal one, both for animals and humans. Farmed fish are subjected to terrible lives, wild fish are caught unfairly and mindlessly, and all face inhumane deaths. Even humans are enslaved to put cheap shrimp on your dinner table. Here are just a few reasons why you should think twice about eating fish, or go out and catch it yourself.

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Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Incoming? House Passes Bill Mandating Decision Within 4 Months

The Keystone XL pipeline is unique in that it poses both a supreme environmental threat and is gravely symbolic; a harbinger of a certain fossil fuel-dependent doom, if you will. If constructed, the pipeline would carry tar sands crude all the way from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. In all, the pipeline would span over 1,600 miles. And tar sands crude, being literally the dirtiest fuel source we know of, is nastier stuff than regular oil, and has been found to be more likely to cause leaks and spills. And since we already see plenty of those with the regular pipelines (the Yellowstone pipeline rupture just weeks ago), there's plenty of reason to be concerned.

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What Crucial Environment and Health Programs Were Sacrificed in the Budget?

Late last Friday, with just an hour and a half or so left on the clock, Democrats and the GOP struck a budget compromise that prevented a shutdown of the federal government. The 'debate', if you want to call it that -- though I suppose it was more civil than, say, the 'debate' over health care reform -- focused around two things: How much was to be cut from the federal budget, and which 'riders' would the GOP be allowed to attach to it? The spending cuts were mostly political theater -- the debate over cutting either $40 or $60 billion out of a $3.5 trillion budget isn't exactly a substantive one. No, the fight was really over riders -- which would do things like de-fund Planned Parenthood or roll back our nation's environmental protections, specifically. So now that we have a 6-month budget eked out, what kept and lost its funding?

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New Data Reveals Farmers Are Mining Groundwater at Alarming Rate

California farms represent 8% of the US's agriculture value, and the Central Valley is where most of that growing takes place. However, as the state struggles with ongoing droughts, the groundwater supplies are dwindling at a frightening rate. According to satellite technology used by NASA, over a 6.5 year period the groundwater supplies in Central Valley leaked away by an amount equal to 63% of the capacity of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir. With that much water disappearing, it is harder to replenish supplies when it finally does rain. Does this water debt mean a future food crisis?

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