Saturday, July 21, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Anyway, here's a Simple Living blog entry about weaning from shampoo. This is a cool blog because it focuses on reducing personal emissions by 90% -- yow! There's more great stuff on this site including other cool blogs so will have to investigate further.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
You know, it's funny -- you can find a universal site about almost any environmental or community-oriented issue except foodsheds. Different from a watershed (here's a link to my post about watersheds) but the same concept, e.g. what are the food sources in your area?
I've been thinking and working on getting more of my groceries from local sources and got hooked up with this cool Google spreadsheet made up by some nice people in my area. It has all of the local farms within 100 miles of our part of Florida, and it also has a list of all the restaurants that use local products in their menu items.
Anyway, I tried to find out more info about foodsheds and figured there would be some association or something. But no, there are individual sites devoted to a particular region, like this site about a foodshed in NJ called the Foodshed Alliance. I linked to their mission statement page because I think it says a lot about the philosophy of the foodshed. Here is another link to a Canadian site called the Foodshed Project that provides a pretty comprehensive definition of a foodshed and a breakdown of the issues involved in "food security."
The only site I could find that was near our region is a blogspot blog called Foodshed by a woman in Georgia who is totally all about the foodshed. It's cool because the blog's motto is "For those who want to know who grew their melons," and has these links to "Virtual Trips to Farms" videos -- how cool!
Before I sign off I wanted to also send this link to a dissenting view about foodsheds and the 100-Mile Diet phenom, by a gourmand writing on Suite 101. Just presenting both sides of the argument...
Friday, July 06, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
AND, if you're feeling as patriotic as I am on this great day for our country and its peoples, you can sign ED's Declaration of New Patriotism (which I have already done, because I am a super-dooper patriot) to challenge the more recent Congress of the U.S. to start getting on the stick with this whole global warming thing. I don't think it will still be up on July 5th, so sign it quick!
Here's one more thing to keep in mind on this great day:
The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution
are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them
against all attacks. We have receiv'd them as a fair Inheritance from
our worthy Ancestors: They purchas'd them for us with toil and danger
and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with
care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on
the present generation, enlightned as it is, if we should suffer them
to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated
out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the
latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of
it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to
maintain the rights bequeath'd to us from the former, for the sake of
the latter. - Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we
have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of
the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection,
deliberation, fortitude and perseverance. Let us remember, that "if
we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it,
and involve others in our doom." It is a very serious consideration,
which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may
be the miserable sharers in the event.
--Samuel Adams, Speech, 1771