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!
Laughing Planet Café
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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It’s been years in the making, but a native oyster that cleans water and provides habitat for marine plants and fish is making a comeback in Netarts Bay. Some are even calling it an "oyster explosion."
The Olympia oyster was once a dominant shellfish in most large bays along the West Coast, but the few remnant populations were challenged by habitat loss as well as by non-native predators that feed on native and commercial oysters alike.
For the past eight years, The Nature Conservancy has partnered with the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery to bring back the Olympia oysters - the only native oyster in the West. "There were many years when we didn’t see a single young Olympia," said the Conservancy's Vander Schaaf. "Now, everything has turned and many have been spotted. We couldn't be more excited!"
In eastern Oregon, the Zumwalt prairie covers 240,000 acres—North America's largest remaining grassland of its type. For cows, this landscape is a buffet of high quality forage. For cattle producers, it is the foundation for a way of life that spans generations. These grasses also provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species from raptors to elk. Successfully conserving this special place requires finding new ways to manage cattle grazing, fire and other processes that help the prairie remain productive. The Conservancy is actively working with others to find solutions and define what it means to live sustainably on the prairie.