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Julia Huggins

An 11-year-old schools us on what's wrong with the current food system [VIDEO] - 1 views

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    Most likely, we already know most of this, but it is definitely a succinct summary and perhaps a good refresher for some. Most inspirational that it's coming from this kid, regardless of how much help he got in putting this together, this is important. Also, really what I wanted to share here is TED.com and TEDx.com. These are awesome organizations. I think LC should jump on the "ideas worth sharing" bandwagon.
Julia Huggins

Causes of the Dust Bowl Explored in Riveting Book - 2 views

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    "What's particularly tragic, and what I had never realized, is that the misery and suffering was the result of human action. Encouraged by a combination of well-meaning governmental incentives and predatory schemes by land investors..."

    This brief synopsis includes an overview of how large-scale farming and government subsidies can unknowingly create environmental disasters.
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    Timothy Egan is a well-known contributor to the New York Times on environmental issues, especially those affecting the U.S. West. I'd assume his book is eminently readable. If you're interested in the Dust Bowl, one classic is Donald Worster's Dust Bowl (1979; new Oxford edition 2004).
Julia Huggins

More research linking pesticide exposure to ADHD in kids - 1 views

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    This article on research is related to our last ENVS 220 lab. The article does not address environmental justice in relation to minorities or socioeconomic status, yet it warns of communities and populations potentially exposed to unsafe levels of pollutants beyond their control, a reminder that environmental injustice can occur in any demographic.
    This also relates to the Pamela R. Davidson reading in that the study referenced in this article sounds suspiciously like one that Davidson might call into question. It is likely that many of the ambiguities she highlights were not taken fully into account. Thats not to say we shouldn't be concerned, however, and this article brings up an important point: should we really have to "vote with our dollars" to protect ourselves from potentially harmful chemicals, especially when the harmful practices themselves have damaged our ability to vote by warping our perspective on the real cost/value of food?
Peter Vidito

We Must Boil This Wine To Save It - 1 views

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    Very cool article on the particular weather patterns of the Willamette Valley and how they can nurture (or wreak havoc with) its vineyards.
Julia Huggins

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act - 0 views

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    This bill just recently came to my attention. I havent had much time to research it further, but it sounds rather frightening. This YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOups0dfdwM&feature=channel) captures the fear based objections to the bill, and though it is propaganda, these are definitely issues we ought to be worried about! The "official summary" of the bill on this posted web site is long but seems to line up with the YouTube clip. Yikes! I propose more research.
Jim Proctor

U.S. Meat Farmers Brace for Limits on Antibiotics - NYTimes.com - 2 views

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    Upcoming limits on use of antibiotics to promote faster growth in livestock turn out to be far less than many food activists want, and far more than many farmers want. Is there any possibility for getting producers and consumers on the same page?
Peter Vidito

Stanford Institute of Design | Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability - 1 views

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    From their site: "We believe in listening to the needs the poor tell us about, not assuming we know best. We believe in products and services designed for specific cultural contexts, not just Western hand-me-downs. And we believe that careful attention to design can create innovative-and extremely affordable-solutions to the problems of the other 90%."
Peter Vidito

Conglomerate Blog: Business, Law, Economics & Society - 1 views

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    Interesting blog post that suggests we'll see an increase in global food insecurity and a like "uptick of government enforcement in the area of agricultural commodities." 
Peter Vidito

Portugal Makes the Leap to Renewable Energy - NYTimes.com - 1 views

  • primarily harnessing the country’s wind and hydropower, but also its sunlight and ocean waves.
Jim Proctor

Farmers Lean to Truce on Animals' Close Quarters - NYTimes.com - 1 views

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    The animal rights movement is making headway on chicken farmers and others who raise livestock.  It's easy to see the economic interests of chicken farmers being affected by these new regulations, but can we appreciate that they genuinely find nothing to be wrong with current cage regulations, as suggested in quotes from this article?
Jim Proctor

Roadside Invader: Engineered Canola - 1 views

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    So, our worst fears about GMOs have come true.  But should we still be afraid?  This article starts by saying "This might not even be a problem at all," then describes how genetically engineered canola is sprouting up all along roadsides in North Dakota.  As it turns out, "These genetically engineered canola plants have been found growing along roads in Canada, where canola is widely grown, and in Japan, which imports the crop."  Doesn't this mean lots of other crops will soon follow suit?  One scientist offers in conclusion that plants like corn and soybeans, also preponderantly GMO-based, are "super-domesticated and they just don't really like to go wild." So maybe we'll get used to only certain GMOs alongside our roads?
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