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Archives for October, 2010

Part I : Defining a functional local food system We got a supermarket in the springtime, and much has been made of that in my area. Many of the area’s people rhapsodized about it – one woman told me she’d been waiting 15 years. It is about 8 miles from my house (compared to 13…

Whole Life Redesign

As most of you will remember, we came very close to moving during the summer. It was an agonizing decision to make – there were compelling arguments on both sides, and while we ultimately came down in favor of staying in place, we also recognized that the problems we saw with our present situation are…

Garden Wrap-Up

Last night was our official first frost, right about at our new average (official last frost date is about October 7 here, but the last 9 years have been increasingly late). I was wholly unprepared – I forgot to check, and had meant to harvest the last batch of Tulsi. Ah well. Green tomato pickles…

Fake Plant Botany

Great article from “The Annals of Improbable Research” on “Artificae Plantae: The Taxonomy, Ecology and Ethnobotany of Simulacra.” It is about time someone did this research: A previously unacknowledged plant family of significant economic importance plants has been flourishing around us for many years. The fact that this immense and diverse family has been heretofore…

Back and Thanks!

First and foremost, thank you so much to John Bell, Molly Davis and Niepoliski for their aid and comfort while I was head down in the conference. I admit, I had no idea that I would be going every single second of each day, and running on quite so little sleep. I think realistically, being…

Final report from John on the ASPO Conference I am back on the train to New York, reviewing what occurred in the last three days. Thinking over what I learned in the talks given on an autopsy of the Gulf Oil spill brings to mind the ones given in the “Message, Media and Outreach” section.…

Transportation: The Leading Edge

Anthony Perl says America doesn’t have to wait for Congress in order to reduce oil consumption from the transportation sector. by guest blogger Molly Davis **my second and last blog entry from the ASPO-USA conference** Discussions on Capitol Hill over the need to reduce fuel consumption often end up offering solutions that require significant movement…

Attack of the Chicken People

John reporting from the ASPO conference. I first saw one of them when I was having an early dinner on the first day of the conference. A man in a yellow chicken suit was riding up one of the escalators. He didn’t have the head on. My wife came to town the second day to…

Beginnings

The first day of the ASPO conference involved a lot of smaller sessions, most of which I missed because I was speaking or at the press conference and congressional briefing. The congressional briefing was a wild success – absolutely packed. The press conference was smaller (we were competing with the IMF and several other events)…

Yes, We Won But Now What…

John reporting from the ASPO conference. I may have been trained as scientist, but when it came down to choosing among three competing and valuable breakout sessions in the same time slot, I choose “Peak Oil: Scenario Planning: Preparing for the Days Ahead” with John Michael Greer, AndrĂ© Angelantoni and Dick Vodra instead of the…