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Fresh Code

It is truly frustrating to buy produce, bring it home, and find that it is either rotten or tastes old. Fresh Code is a barcode sticker system, designed by Sisi Yuan, Yiwu Qiu, Lei Zhao, Qiulei Huang, Lijun Zhang & Weihang Shu, that uses the barcode to indicate freshness. The best feature: if the produce is too old, the barcode has disappeared and it can’t be scanned and therefore can’t be sold. Questionable feature: a freshness barcode based on time, like a water filter timer, may not be accurate for all kinds of products.

Written by Sarah Froelich

April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

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Name That Produce!

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? Found at Berkeley Bowl, Berkeley, CA

? Found at Berkeley Bowl, Berkeley, CA

The answer is...rambutan! This fruit is related to the lychee, mamoncillo, the pulasan, and the longan, so anyone guessing these fruits was very close. For those who guessed durian, there is some similarity, but luckily this fruit is far tastier than those!

Write comments below to weigh in on what these prickly fruits might be. They are about 2 inches long and about an inch and a half in diameter.

Written by Sarah Froelich

October 9, 2009 at 10:03 am

Enamored with Berkeley Bowl + Cultivated by the Bay

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Berkeley Bowl Pasta!

Like many I feel it is important to practice sustainability as much as possible. I know I’m not perfect. I sometimes make mistakes like forgetting to bring my reusable coffee cup with me to the coffee shop so I don’t need a disposable one. Or throwing away a plastic bottle when I’m in a place where recycling bins aren’t present. And, yes, I feel guilty about such acts and I try not to repeat them.

This past weekend I visited San Francisco and the Bay area for the first time and I am definitely a convert to acting even more sustainably responsible. Instead of staying in a downtown hotel, I stayed with a good friend who lives in a communal household in Oakland, very near the border of Berkeley. Although there was only one shower for the nine (!) housemates plus their various guests, I found the reliance on the garden for edible pleasure (they have a pomegranate tree!), the grey water system, the constant categorizing of compost, recyclables, and other trash, and the shared food systems awakened an even greater awareness in me.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

October 7, 2009 at 12:17 am