The Good News Edition
TODAY’S FOCUS IS ON GOOD NEWS
Synopsis from the Fresh website:
“FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
Here is what the San Francisco Chronicle says about it,
While Food, Inc. raised awareness about the consequences of consolidation, Fresh advances the argument by talking about solutions. Joanes advocates the move to more manageable, smaller farms, though still large enough to produce for a large region….Fresh is an eye-opening look at the food industry in the United States, even for those who have seen “Food, Inc.,” last year’s Academy Award-nominated documentary.
Local farmers and wholesome food advocates are creating a national movement! See it here, join the movement.
The website contains a list of openings and instructions about how to put on a home or group viewing. What a great idea for a Valentines Party — We Love Our Local Freshly Grown Wholesome Food!
Big victory in West Virginia: EPA proposes veto of permit for humongous mountain top coal mining project. Excerpt from a good article in the UK Guardian by Suzanne Goldenberg (US environmental correspondent):
The Environmental Protection Agency said it was revoking the permit granted to the Spruce Number One mine in West Virginia, which would have involved blasting the tops off mountains over more than 2,200 acres, because it would inflict “unacceptable” damage to surrounding valleys and streams.
The agency said it was the first time it had revoked a previously issued permit in 40 years, but it said the action was warranted because the environmental damage was truly unacceptable.
The decision was immediately criticised by West Virginia leaders and mining lobby, and sets the stage for a broader confrontation between the EPA and the empowered Republicans in Congress over the limits of government regulation. In its decision, the EPA said the project would have dumped millions of tons of mining waste into healthy waterways, burying 6.6 miles of streams and completely killing off fish, salamanders and other wildlife.