MNN week in review montage

Our picks for the week of Oct. 10-16: 

• Should the U.S. government spend $2 million to trick students into making better lunch choices? Food blogger Robin Shreeves jumps into the fray. Plus: The lunch-line psychology issue also draws in family blogger Jenn Savedge.

• It's officially fall — time for "leaf peepers" to seek out some gorgeous color displays. Here are 10 national and state parks for fall leaf watching.

• You can't drive your car past these jaw-dropping views, but you'll enjoy them regardless: 10 cool images of Mars.

• Marathons are good for runners, but are they good for the planet? Matt Hickman fetches some facts about green foot races. 

• The rescue of 33 Chilean miners tickled our imaginations for more success stories. Here are 10 of the world's great escapes. (Remember Baby Jessica? That's her at left.) Oh, and of course we have a photo gallery marking the saga of Chile's Los 33, too.

• Did you miss National School Lunch Week? No problem. Here are seven ideas for greening your lunch, including the one your kids bring from home.

• Because Halloween is right around the corner, we've created a guide to the perfect carved pumpkin. Plus: We've pulled together everything you need to make the holiday go smoothly, from easy costumes to eco-conscious treats.

• A trip to the local seafood counter can be confusing for shoppers with good eco-intentions. Here's a quick cheat sheet on farmed vs. wild seafood.

• And finally, our auto blogger makes mincemeat of this week's controversy: Is the Chevy Volt a true all-electric car?

Plus: Don't miss the week in photos, which takes you to Hungary's toxic sludge fields and beyond.