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From the Japan Times: Former Irish President Mary Robinson’s foundation for climate justice is hosting a major conference in Dublin this week. Research presented there said that rising incomes and growth in the global population, expected to create 2 billion more mouths to feed by 2050, will drive food prices higher by 40 to 50…

Why I Hate Earth Day

I wrote this a few years ago for Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, and frankly, I haven’t changed my mind.   I bloody hate Earth Day. No offense to those of you who love it, and I know there are some awesome Earth Day programs out there, but by the time we get there, I’m spending…

Food-But-No-Fuel, Fuel-But-No-Food

Interesting about the ways climate change will impact Saudi Arabia’s agriculture – already strained pretty much to the limit by inhospitable heat and drought: The difference between ETo and precipitation indicates that there may be a loss of soil moisture by 0.181 m/year (0.042–0.236 m/year) during the period of 2011 through 2050. Increase in temperature was…

I still have spaces in this class, which is designed to help others sort out the complicated intersections of multiple crises.  The class is taught by both me and my husband, Eric Woods. This is an exciting class for us to be teaching, since it combines so many of our strengths and experiences.  Eric has…

                  There is a wonderful article in the Daily Mail featuring the famous photos of Lewis Hines that helped bring about Child Labor laws.  Well worth a look at these incredibly important images.

Mending Food Waste

Globally, almost half of all the food the world produced is thrown away.  This Global number hides some critical differences however.  In most of the Global South, food is lost to lack of preservation techniques.  Grain gets wet in the field, and instead of being dried with machines as it might be in the US,…

We’re still buried in winter here – the peepers haven’t even started peeping, and I suspect we won’t hear them until the weekend with night temps in the teens here and ice still on the pond and swamp.  That will make it the latest I’ve ever heard them.  Despite a warm winter, March was one…

Sustainable Garden Planning Class

First of all, in my first post I accidently wrote the class was starting tomorrow, April 4.  In fact, we’re starting the following Thursday, April 11 and running to the first Thursday in May (apparently I can’t read a calendar correctly). I still have spots available, but sign up soon, because I’d like to make…

Mark Steel at the Independent has a great column on the root cause of our economic instability – poor folks and all the trouble they cause by not quite appearing to do the evil deeds they do! It’s a tricky argument to pull off, that the poor caused the debt so they should pay it…

Things have been a little nuts here. Two weeks ago Eric and I took an emergency placement of two children, six and 17 mos.  It turned out to be one of the most exhausting and stressful placements we’ve ever had, not because of the kids, who are delightful (although I had somehow forgotten what 17month…