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Happenings: Miniature Grocery Stores, a Charitable Bike Ride for Cotton, and Mermaids

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After double-clicking through not one but two rejuvenating post-yoga juice recipes, a guide to tick-proofing summer, and our fair share of summer parties and fireworks, it’s time to take a Whole Living look back at everything else that happened this week.

BOX STORES, MINIATURE EDITION Stockbox Grocers, a project started by Seattle graduate students, will bring tiny fresh-food stores—housed in shipping containers—to food deserts. (Fast Company)

AN UNDERREPORTED TRUTH According to a media monitoring group, 97 percent of major news coverage of wildfires between April and the end of June didn’t mention climate change. (Seriously, people?) (Media Matters)

NOT IN OUR KITCHEN The Chinese government has announced that it’s banning shark fin soup at official banquets—a big step for the country where the soup is considered a delicacy. (New York Times)

GET THE TISSUES READY A montage of a cute polar bear searching for food + a Radiohead soundtrack + a Jude Law voice-over  = saddest, most effective Greenpeace video ever. (Guardian)

TOUR DE COTTON An annual charity bike ride from London to Paris raises awareness and funds for the Environmental Justice Foundation’s “Pick Your Cotton Carefully” campaign, which promotes ethical and sustainable cotton picking. (Ecouterre)

LET THEM EAT FOIE GRAS The California foie gras ban that went into effect on July 1 has been challenged by food producers, exporters, and other fatty-liver lovers from Canada, New York, and Southern California. (Mercury News)

JUST DON'T TELL ARIEL Prompted by a two-hour Animal Planet special on mermaids, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a statement saying the mythical sea hotties do not exist. (Mother Nature Network)

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