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November 2009

How to Deal with a Few Bad Apples

Watching helplessly as a fungus starts to take over your orchard can be a frustrating, even heartbreaking, experience—whether you have two trees or two hundred. Apple scab is a fairly common blight. Even professional apple growers have to deal with it. What do you do when you see those telltale little round greenish spots? Barbara […]

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Roast Narragansett Turkey with Jerusalem Artichokes

The following article and recipe was excerpted from Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods. Narragansett Turkey Named for Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, where it was first developed by early colonists, this rare standard breed of heritage turkey emerged from crosses between the wild turkeys of eastern America and […]

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My Annual Cheese Nightmare

By Gordon (“Zola”) EdgarIn an odd twist, my annual pre-holiday cheese nightmare wasn’t about cheese at all. No—for whatever reason—I feel confident that I haven’t over-ordered this year. Maybe it’s because I don’t have to receive all the cheese myself anymore… Still, while I take a perverse pride in having my sleep interrupted by cheese […]

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Climate Justice Fast, Day 10: Why I am fasting

By Diane Wilson From the Community Blogs When I talk about my reasons for going on a long hunger fast, people often look at me like I’m crazy and I’m reluctant to correct them because fasts are difficult to explain. But I will explain, again. Before the hunger strikes, my life belonged to the bay. […]

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Chasing Ray Interviews Nature Writer Sy Montgomery

There’s more to this world than just humanity. A lot more.Here’s an interview with nature writer Sy Montgomery in which she talks about photographing animals in a natural state, absorbing local myths and folklore about the animals she studies, and teaching children to love and protect nature. Sy was kind of enough to invite me […]

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What Afghanistan Can Teach Us About Reproductive Freedom

By Madeleine Kunin From the Community Blogs. Some 536,000 women die in pregnancy, according to the World Health Organization. That figure has not changed in 30 years, even as child mortality rates have been reduced. How do we save those women? I found one answer in a small story in The New York Times last […]

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Collapse: Portrait of a Loner

The documentary Collapse, Chris Smith’s character study of Michael C. Ruppert, has been called “gripping,” “riveting,” “mesmerizing.” The force of Ruppert’s persona sustains the film, but it’s the ideas he present that really take center stage. Humanity is facing some serious challenges that, if left unaddressed, could lead to the collapse of modern industrial civilization. […]

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Pop Star Joss Stone Under Attack for Marijuana Comment

By Mason Tvert This article was originally published on The Huffington Post. English pop singer Joss Stone has come under fire for highlighting the fact that marijuana is safer than alcohol, a viewpoint that has sparked intense debate this month in the UK. As Stone told the UK Daily Mail: Weed has been given this […]

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Oregon: Funding Rail with Vanity Plates

The following is an excerpt from Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service by James McCommons. It has been adapted for the Web. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_impression_that_i_get/3759770041/ I got off at Salem late that evening. The next morning, I went to the Oregon DOT where I had hoped to meet with Uznanski’s counterpart, […]

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Cannabis Café Opens in Portland

Smoke if you got ’em! (“’em” in this case being a valid license to smoke medical cannabis, a membership in NORML, and a $5 daily fee.) Café Rumpspankers will soon be changing its name to the Cannabis Café. That’s to reflect its changing status: the café will be the first in the nation to cater […]

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