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The Good News Edition

January 19, 2011

TODAY’S FOCUS IS ON GOOD NEWS

 

Last produce of the season for Croom, Maryland's Our Local Bounty Market, starting up again this coming spring

FRESH” both a wonderful new movie and a movement. Produced by independent filmmaker and activist Ana Sofia Joanes, We could call it a “Movie-ment.”

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.

Will Allen working the greenhouse, one of Fresh's Heroes. See SF Chronicle article.

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!

Heart pancakes from Roots and Wings Blogspot; great for your FRESH Valentines Party

 

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 Obama administration has vetoed one of the biggest coal projects in the US in a historic decision against the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining.

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.


 

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; Thanks! Photo: Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger

 

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.

An Inspiring Presentation on Local Entrepreneurism by Majora Carter: Some great examples of local economic development that is green, sustainable, and entrepreneurial. See the TED presentation here.

 

Majora Carter at Hunt's Point Rally: Photo by James Chase

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New Solar Plant in Arizona: Makes Electricity Day and Night! Within the next 6 months Abengoa Solar Inc. plans to construct a plant in an Arizona desert that will store sun-generated heat in large tanks of  molten salt to provide six extra hours a day of electric-generating capacity.  As the photo shows, a large array of mirrors concentrates and focuses the suns rays on a boiler that creates steam used to drive the turbines that generate electricity. Part of the energy collected is stored in the salt for dark hours. The project will start up in 2013 and will provide enough power to supply 70,000 homes.  Source: Wall Street Journal article  by Rebecca Smith, Dec. 30, 2010.

Solar Thermal Power Collection Array: Source: Wall Street Journal

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2011 10:09 am

    Much good news, Henry! And here’s my little tidbit–here in Door County, Wisconsin, people still very much appreciate the natural world–they actually pull their cars off the road to look at an awesome full moon rise…

  2. Jeff Colburn permalink
    January 20, 2011 8:25 am

    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/green/2011/01/perdue_going_solar.html

    Perdue is trying to green their image.

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