Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!
It’s been in your health food co-op for years, but now it’s all over mainstream grocery stores as well: açaí juice, açaí-flavored bars and açaí supplements.
Açaí may be "trendy" in the United States, but for villagers in northern Brazil, açaí has been a diet staple for centuries. Now that word has gotten out about this nutritionally dense fruit, the Conservancy is working with villagers to help them make the most of this burgeoning demand.
From the oysters on your plate to the water in your glass, nature nourishes our bodies. You're invited to make a difference this fall by nominating your favorite green restaurant for a Nature's Plate 2013 People's Choice Award.
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Ranching Culture Dates Farther Back Than Any Other State
While Florida is known for its beaches and theme parks, its ranching heritage dates back to the 16th Century. Today, many of Florida's productive ranchlands are still operated as family businesses and, due to their location in the headwaters of the Everglades, prime for protection.
Bud Adams took over management of their family ranches from his father in 1948. Today three generations of his family work together in the ranching business. "Protecting Florida’s native lands can’t get any more important to me," says Adams, whose Northern Everglades ranch property is vast and in many places unspoiled.
The Conservancy works with ranchers like Adams to encourage conservation easements, which allow them to pass on intact ranchlands to future generations. The easements save important conservation land like rare scrub, help wildlife like Florida panther and black bear, and replenish water supplies.
Restoring Oyster Reefs and More on the Gulf Coast
Oyster reefs may just be the hardest working natural systems in the Gulf of Mexico. They provide a critical foundation of life for fish and shellfish, they filter pollutants in our water and protect our communities from erosion and the damaging effects of storms. But our oyster reefs are in trouble.
The Nature Conservancy has a wealth of expertise on oyster habitat restoration - implementing projects across the United States, including right here in Florida on the Atlantic Coast since 2006. Now, we are applying that knowledge along Florida’s Gulf coast.