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On the road with Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is on the fourth leg of her long (indefinitely?) author tour. After leaving Boston early yesterday she took the train to New York, where she met up with the producers of PBS NOW to film an interview, which will air on December 9. According to Diane, the interview went real well but Penn Station could use some help. Diane missed her train to Bard College, where she was to give a talk to the Human Rights Project last night. She made the event by the skin of her nose. I met up with Diane in Rhinecliff, NY, and brought her to the Bard campus, where we joined Bridget Hanna of the Human Rights Project. Bridget introduced Diane to a crowd of about thirty students, professors, and community members. Evidently Bard is the only school in North America to offer an udergraduate degree in human rights, which accounts for some of the enthusiasm the crowd had for Diane’s activism and her involvement in Bhopal. By the end of her talk Diane had resolved to hunt down Warren Anderson, and students offered to help. One professor in the department claimed that Diane was the best speaker they’d hosted that semester–which says a lot, considering that Dahr Jamail had been to the school the week before. Students were especially interested in Diane’s advice on practicing instant activism. She warned them against sleeping on rash ideas. This theme resurfaced at dinner, where a group of eight Bard community members joined us at Santa Fe Tivolis, a mexican restaurant that Diane called “my kind of place.” This morning we’ll be helping Bridget hang the Bhopal Photo Exhibit, which just arrived on campus.


Why Modern Wheat Is Making Us Sick

Why is modern wheat making us sick?  That’s the question posed by author Eli Rogosa in her new book Restoring Heritage Grains.Wheat is the most widely grown crop on our planet, yet industrial breeders have transformed this ancient staff of life into a commodity of yield and profit—witness the increase in gluten intolerance and ‘wheat […] Read More

A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Michael Ableman’s 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops.That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the making […] Read More

Q&A with Michael Ableman: How Urban Farming Can Improve Society

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood.Street Farm is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More
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