Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Chris Jordan: Picturing excess

Nothing makes an issue clearer than an image. Chris Jordan's images make the issues crystal clear.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

XDRTB, we can stop this!

XDRTB = extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis. Like lots of current global problems if we work together we can stop this!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wow, American's Love Corn!

Well I just watched King Corn a 2007 documentary by two college buddies who decide to trace their family roots back to Iowa and plant an acre of corn. In the process they examine the past thirty years of corn production and the shift in agriculture policy in the U.S. They dive into where their acre of corn may end up and how it is likely to be used.

It's really an amazing, enlightening and easy to watch film that helps reveal some of the root causes of our societal problems including obesity, diabetes, generally human health, land use, economics, and, even though not explicitly mentioned, links to climate change.

A few interesting stats mentioned in the movie include:
  • Iowa alone produces enough corn to feed the U.S.
  • The corn produced in Iowa and other Midwestern states is largely used for cattle feed, or as food additives/ingredients and is not really edible or directly consumable by humans
  • The average American family spends about 17% of their income on food as compared to thirty years ago when it took about twice as much to feed a family
  • Corn has such a low value per bushel that if it were not for government subsidies it would not be profitable to produce.
I found the movie fascinating and enlightening and am even more dismayed than before that we continue to perpetuate flawed agriculture policy that has devastating effects on the American people and our economy.

We need major overhauls in the U.S. of our agricultural, transportation, energy, health care, and educational systems. I can't help but wonder whether we as citizens of the United States are up for this challenge. The first measure will be the upcoming presidential election and the extent to which we all stand up and demand a change.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A thought from John James Audubon...

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."

Oysters, delicious and sustainable!

Image borrowed from Chris Seufert

Sparked by an entry on Green Options, I'm motivated to share this posting on Eat. Drink. Better. about Oysters. Oysters are one of the great gifts of nature. Hemingway summed it up well.

Ernest Hemingway in “A Moveable Feast“ wrote:

As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to feel happy, and to make plans.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Friday, April 18, 2008

Pangea Day, a wish for world peace...

Something we all should want so much shouldn't be so hard. Take some time share a perspective, give others a chance.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Celebrate Migratory Birds and Biodiversity!!

This May get outside and celebrate Migratory birds and biodiversity.

Spread the word...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Al Gore's New Presentation

Al Gore gave a persuasive, inspiring, and informative new presentation on climate change at the recent TED conference. Click below to watch the presentation now and then do something to help solve the climate crisis!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mr President... TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!

The development of the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico continues. As was to be expected the Department of Homeland Security has decided they can't/won't/shouldn't abide by environmental laws. Consequently, this fence is going to fracture habitats, disrupt communities and disturb peoples homes and lives.

Instead of engaging in an open dialog and focusing on how to truly solve the immigration issues that the U.S. faces the Bush administration continues to proceed with their my solution trumps all attitude.

Write the president, your congressional representatives, and Senators, contact your state and local government and ask them to stop the U.S. government from putting up walls!

For more on the damage the wall is going to cause see this recent article and slideshow from the New York Times.

Friday, April 4, 2008

We Can Solve The Climate Crisis

The Alliance for Climate Protection launched the We campaign this week to raise awareness about climate change and to motivate the people of the U.S. to take action.

Sign up, learn more, and get involved!