Treading lightly upon the earth is within everyone’s grasp, and is a natural consequence of becoming more conscious of our ecology. Bateson writes, “When we view the individual…as a part of the larger system which is individual + environment, the whole appearance of adaptation and purpose changes.”[1] All humans are part of a larger system, one that has outlived its purpose and is sounding the death knell.  It is beginning to crumble from within.  Is it hopeless, then?  Is all lost?  I don’t believe so, no.  I believe that we [Read More]

 15 December 2011  Posted by janmin take action  No Responses »
Traditional Ecological Knowledge – Using Traditional Food Production Methods to Minimize our Impact.

            Modern Western agricultural processes are generally not considered to be sustainable in the long run.  It’s only a matter of time before we exhaust the Earth’s finite resources and can no longer supply our population with the food it needs to survive.  There are many problems associated with modern Western methods, which include its reliance of fossil fuels, its inefficiency, its environmentally damaging nature, and many more.  On the other hand, traditional ecological knowledge is both locally specific, and holistic (Menzies et. al. 2006).  It [Read More]

Occupy Suburbia (and the "American Dream")

At the time that I have posted this, the most commonly used tag in this blog has certainly been “food systems.” While it is important to recognize how conventional food production has altered the way that human societies have subsided on and related to their land, there is another major way in which humans interact with their landscapes.  We inhabit them.  Now, though it is no secret that the bursting of the housing bubble and the following waves of foreclosures was tightly linked to the same financial institutions which have [Read More]

1% of our population

This link shows the 1% of our population that controls 100% of our food standing up for what they believe in. It is an interesting change and a refreshing addition to the occupy movement as the voices of local American farmers have been missing until now. These farmers are not hippies arguing for a cause that they have no interest in, but instead are hard working Americans who believe that the system is flawed and things need to be changed. This article ties in the “food systems” sections of the blog to the larger occupy movement discussions. [Read More]

"The High Price of Materialism"

This is a short animation narrated by psychologist Tim Kasser. Kasser describes the vehicle of the American dream and how to shift to a ‘new dream’ more which is more “socially just and ecologically sustainable”. He discusses: 1) The effects of marketed materialism on citizens a) The illusion of happiness b) Insecurity c) Depression 2) How to counter materialism’s effects a) Protect yourself and your community from the media b) Promote and build a life embedded in “intrinsic values” (personal growth, being close to family and friends and a sense [Read More]

Dec 072011 This is a link to the Occupy Wall Street page for anyone interested in what the movement stands for.

Monsanto, the corporation that never stops giving...

I bet you have all read this title and thought, “Monsanto, giving…???”. Well as a matter of fact they are giving. With their technological increases and crop revolutions they have founded some of the most ground breaking innovations. They have drastically increased food production, hoping to solve the world food crises through genetically modified crops (Forbes Magazine, January 2010). Some future innovations hope to include crops like genetically modified soy beans enriched with omega-3 fatty acids that help fight heart disease. For the article view: These new crop innovations [Read More]

The “Green” Garden

I find it very interesting that the world is becoming more and more intrigued in becoming “green”. The meaning of “green” however, depends on which perspective one looks at things. For example it is green to grow your own lettuce, but it is not green to use chemical fertilizers to insure that your lettuce grows. I believe it is important for people to understand where consumer products come from and what they are made of. It is also important to understand what products do to our human bodies and our [Read More]