Is back-to-the-land agrarianism—by way of optimistic urbanites—here to stay? Those who used to be called rebels and malcontents because they didn’t believe in what large-scale agriculture was doing are today not so out of the ordinary. They aren’t called “rebels” anymore—they’re called “farmers.” More people are recognizing the importance of ecological and organic farming, and […]Read More..
One approach to dealing with the looming crises of peak oil and climate change that has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years is the idea of a “transition network” of so-called “transition towns.” Basically, rather than assigning blame or despairing about the state of the world, the Transition movement eschews the traditional […]Read More..
A couple weeks back I linked to the video of a lecture given by Allan Savory, on the topic of “Keeping Cattle: Cause or Cure of Climate Change?” Unexpectedly, and to my delight, a reader of the blog who knows Savory put me in touch with him, and Savory generously agreed to answer questions I […]Read More..
If you’re in the Berkeley area, you may want to make it a point to drop in on the Books Inc. book release party. Author Gordon Edgar (Gordonzola if you’re nasty) will be signing copies of his book, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge. And there will be cheese. Oh yes. There will be cheese. […]Read More..
When most people think “artisan cheese culture” (if they think about it at all), they probably think effete snobs and pretentious foodies. And to be honest, cheesemonger Gordon Edgar has had to deal with his fair share of these. But coming out of the punk rock, lefty activist culture of San Francisco’s 1970’s People’s Food […]Read More..
Like Derrick Jensen, author Keith Farnish believes that our current society can be described as a Culture of Maximum Harm. In essence, economic growth relies on stripping the Earth of its resources without having to put anything back. And for our economic system to continue as it is, it requires endless growth, which is of […]Read More..
The new credit card consumers bill of rights went into effect yesterday. The new legislation will put a stop to some of the more egregious practices perpetrated by the credit card industry—at least, until they can worm their way through the loopholes. (In fact, some banks have already preemptively raised their rates to get around […]Read More..
Vermont weekly Seven Days reports the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Patrick Leahy (D-VT), will hold a hearing Friday to look into the recent Department of Justice report on the “torture memos” authored by the Bush administration’s office of Legal Counsel—namely former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo and Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee. From […]Read More..
The following is an excerpt from The Earth’s Best Story: A Bittersweet Tale of Twin Brothers Who Sparked an Organic Revolution by Ron Koss and Arnie Koss. It has been adapted for the Web. Earth’s Best began as a speck of alluring light on a distant shore. It was a complete fantasy, and, like any […]Read More..
The following is an excerpt from In Late Winter We Ate Pears: A Year of Hunger and Love by Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber. It has been adapted for the Web. Stracotto al Vino Rosso Beef Braised in Red Wine The beauty of this dish lies in its preparation. It will require only about 30 […]Read More..