Greetings. Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries 2013 Seminar Calendar is up! Join us in Crete, Greece for a wide range of programs celebrating our cultural and natural heritage - including visits to archaeological sites, organic wineries and olive oil factories and tranquil villages.…

Edward Norton: "The US must show leadership on biodiversity"

  The, 17 September 2010 Interview with actor Edward Norton, UN goodwill ambassador for biodiversity. "...biodiversity and the health of ecosystems is neither an abstract scientific concept nor the pet project of a green elite. Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are the vital underpinnings of human society Food and energy production on land and from the sea; medicine; tourism, and real estate: these industries...have been shown to be starkly vulnerable to the destruction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems...."

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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Seminar Highlights Video

  Highlights of our 12 years of work in sustainable community-based tourism in Crete, Greece. CCS is an award-winning program for best practices in responsible travel. See our website details. Note: This video is not a film or documentary. It is highlights from our seminars to give you and idea of what we do and why. We hope you find it to be a delicious adventure! Nikki Rose

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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries in Islands Magazine Green Guide

  "Find the best organizations working to preserve island environments, plus see articles from the Green Guide section of the magazine, with expert advice from the editors of ISLANDS."

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A similar story of the flip flop journey "Flip Flotsam"

  Flip Flotsam - 25min Documentary October 2003 Ever wondered what happens to your footwear after you're finished with it? ...award-winning and startlingly original documentary traces the fantastic journey of Africa's most popular shoes: the flip-flop. Easily bought, quickly discarded, the flip-flop stands as a symbol of the summer holiday for millions of westerners. But in its African homeland, it undergoes a series of versatile transformations. Filmed over a two year period, this startling and uplifting film takes an ingenious look at the lifecycle of the flip-flop.  YouTube Clip and information:

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The Majestic Plastic Bag - A Mockumentary

  A fantastic clip. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary" video, hammers home the stark reality of California's plastic bag pollution situation.  YouTube clip link: Learn more at

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Food and Agriculture News, the good and the bad

Since I've been working in the fields in Crete nonstop for months, I had to catch up on food news. Here are highlights, some of which have prompted great comments on my facebook page and others, including the USDA's. USDA Web Post: "Yeast Genes Improve Shelf Life of Tomatoes" By Avtar Handa, Purdue University, July 6, 2010 [Note from Nikki: what the hell?] Blue Ocean Institute: Connecting with Chefs on Sustainable Seafood Info and Sourcing: [great projects!] And. where some people actually "get" their news. ColbertNation. Interview with Carl Safina of Blue Ocean Institute re BP-Gulf disaster.      

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Article by Nikki Rose: What is Responsible Travel?

The is a condensed version of a longer piece I wrote in June 2010.

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CCS 2011 Seminar Preview: Historic Food and Wine Routes

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Eco-Agritourism Network Seminar:Historic Food and Wine Routes from the Minoan Period to TodayAvailable Dates:  June 6 to 14, 2011An 8-day program designed for professional researchers and serious enthusiasts of archeology, agroecology, botany and cuisine. Explore Crete's cultural and natural treasures with resident specialists. Enjoy low and medium-level hiking during the journey, just as our ancestors traveled. Stay in small family-run lodging in the regions we will explore to support community-based sustainable tourism. Discover a taste of Crete’s fascinating heritage while supporting important grassroots initiatives of the present. Our professionally guided tours, presentations and hikes are private and customized for our small group of 12 attendees.See our Schedule Page for more information and other upcoming CCS seminars:

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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries in Eucalyptus Magazine: See the World, Save the Planet

See the World, Save the Planet Ecotourism on the rise Erica GossEucalyptus Magazine, July 2010Imagine spending the night in the ancestral home of a family in Sikkim, or harvesting fresh tomatoes in Crete, or diving off a remote island in Thailand—all while helping the environment. These are just a few of the options available to those who choose ecotravel over traditional vacations. Ecotravel is quickly gaining ground in the tourism business and offers rewarding alternatives for those who want to experience something more meaningful than lying on a beach sipping mai tais.The full article:

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CCS enters "Innovation for Biodiversity Photo Contest"

Greetings,Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries submitted a few entries to the"Innovation for Biodiversity Photo Contest." Here's one submission, please consider voting for CCS! Many thanks.  Supporting the people working is this field is crucial if we expect to enjoy it. All the best, Nikki

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