Austin group creates the first package-free, locally-grown grocery store in the U.S.
As you mentioned, a lot of supermarkets have bulk food sales — Whole Foods, another Austin-grown store, comes to mind. How is what in.gredients is doing different?
Well, I think a lot of grocery store or natural food stores had kind of started the way we are, but in their goals of finding organic products and other types of stuff, they started shipping stuff from, like, everywhere. And that’s great, but we’re kind of a greenfield-type situation, where we’re making a pretty strong commitment to limiting packaging and buying as local as possible, and we’re not invested in this whole wide array of products that you’re going to find in larger grocery stores. We’re trying to focus on a subset of all those things and keeping that at the core of what we offer…
Christian Lane, Grocer of the Future
Detroit-based organization fights for sustainable, healthy food for all communities
Tell me about [your] book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All.
There is a need for a more national conversation about the solutions to a food system that is broken and not serving many of us…I’ve been involved with many fair food “solutionaries” over my career. I wanted to lift up the solutions that are actually working, to lay out the framework of what a fair food system would be like — a system that would work for our environment, our community, our economy, and, most importantly, I wanted to answer the question, “What can I do?” (…).
Oran Hesterman, Mr. Fair Food
Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute have successfully replaced a man’s heart with a pump. The patient, who would have died within the day if the operation had not occurred, now has a working circulatory system no longer plagued by an abnormal accumulation of organ-block proteins. He also no longer has a pulse, because the rotors of the pump keep the blood flowing continuously, like a garden hose. Jeremiah Zagar created the above 3-minute documentary of the breakthrough. (via DesignTaxi)