Sunday, August 22, 2010

Math Lessons For Locavores

Here is a thought provoking piece from today's Times. Having been active in the locavore movement where I live, I have experience with the issues expressed in this piece. I like the message that the writer poses and that is " let's not ignore some of the larger problems" and does a good job of putting the energy used in agriculture into perspective. What are your thoughts?


"But the local food movement now threatens to devolve into another one of those self-indulgent — and self-defeating — do-gooder dogmas. Arbitrary rules, without any real scientific basis, are repeated as gospel by “locavores,” celebrity chefs and mainstream environmental organizations. Words like “sustainability” and “food-miles” are thrown around without any clear understanding of the larger picture of energy and land use.

The result has been all kinds of absurdities. For instance, it is sinful in New York City to buy a tomato grown in a California field because of the energy spent to truck it across the country; it is virtuous to buy one grown in a lavishly heated greenhouse in, say, the Hudson Valley."


Mike

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Future Always Comes

The Future Alway Comes

How many times did we stand in front of the
black polished marble heart
and think about
when Mack would arrive here?

And today he gets ready
for tomorrow

Tonight the moon shined ever so handsomely
framed by clouds that never existed before
until I adored them tonight

I also saw a face in the moon as I drove that
ribbon of empty highway from
Castleton to West Rutland

This earliest of projective tests still toys with us
despite our smartness
We see what we want

Isn't it a bit unsettling? The weather?
It still feels like the middle of July as I remember it
Though no lightning bugs, they visited and left in June


For those who listen and watch
there is a change all around us

I think it came to me in a dream at Kathy's
While the wind came suddenly
with a pounding rain
and whipping trees

I was confused at first

But then it became recognizable
to those who listen and watch
My dream was that it had started

You know that when you strip away all of the distractions
When you calm yourself
and empty your mind of the clutter
there is a knowing
that our journey is so far out of step
that it must end

however, we see what we want...........

The future always comes.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Push To Eat Local Is Hampered by Shortage



EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — Erica Zimmerman and her husband spent months pasture-raising pigs on their farm here, but when the time came to take them to slaughter, an overbooked facility canceled their appointment.

With the herd in prime condition, and the couple lacking food and space to keep them, they frantically called slaughterhouses throughout the state. After several days they found an opening, but their experience highlights a growing problem for small farmers here and across the nation: too few slaughterhouses to meet the growing demand for locally raised meat.

It's Good To Be Back



It's been an interesting year.

I have been completely distracted by my personal life during the past year or so. My partner of 32 years was unfaithful and we split in January of 2009. The first 6 months of 2009 were quite dark. The last 3 months of 2009 have been among the best of my life since meeting a new woman. The darkness pushed me into some interesting directions such as photography (I've become the house photographer for the local theatre) running,and some unintended adventures. Life can be quite the lesson.

I have pretty much neglected this blog as I have stepped back from interests in such worldly affairs. One can only keep their head in the sand for so long. I can't say that I regret terminating the local newspaper, firing the cable company, discharging netflix, and saying goodbye to Vonage. I have not become a recluse, however, I have removed much of the media clutter I suppose. Yoga has been a good trade I would say.

I started this blog in 2004; some things have changed. Who would have thought the corporate America would jump on the "green" bandwagon. It's everywhere you turn, some things with substance and some is just plain greenwash. Global economic contraction has delayed the wolves from the door as far as competition for energy. Perhaps it will buy us more time to "get it."

As for the future, lets surf the cosmic waves of insanity together and uncover a future worth living.

Best Regards

Mike

The Big Melt



The gods must be furious.

It's the only explanation that makes sense to Jia Son, a Tibetan farmer surveying the catastrophe unfolding above his village in China's mountainous Yunnan Province. "We've upset the natural order," the devout, 52-year-old Buddhist says. "And now the gods are punishing us."