Michelle Conlin, Isabella Beavan, and Colin Beavan

No Impact Man: Movie Review

Let me make sure I have my facts straight: In the heart of New York City, a husband and wife, and their very young daughter, embark on a year long journey to transition into a lifestyle that leaves behind a zero carbon footprint? That means: no plastic bottles, no restaurant food, no coffee shops, no […]

MRSA: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Pigs, and Human Illness

MRSA: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Pigs, and Human Illness

March 27, 2009. The Use of antibiotics in livestock and the possible connections to the emergence of a super bug. You may have read that in 2005, there were 18,000 known deaths in the US that resulted from a type of Staph bacteria, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), pronounced mer-sa. MRSA (Staph) is resistant to broad-spectrum […]

High Fructose Corn Syrup Pronounced Innocent!

Yesterday evening on NPR’s ALL Things Considered, I listened to a report summarizing a recent series of scientific studies that concluded High Fructose Corn Syrup, and table sugar are indistinguishable in effect when it comes to their association with the development of obesity: “…earlier this month, several scientific papers concluded that high-fructose corn syrup isn’t […]

Michael Pollan, Journalist and Food Writer

Michael Pollan on Tom Vilsack Appointment to Head Agriculture Department

There was an old commercial on television once (does anyone remember it?), “when E.F. Hutton talks, people listen” and a noisy room would instantly go quiet as the wise investment advisor spoke. Boy, has that pendulum shifted! Today, when Michael Pollan talks about food, people listen. Or, let’s hope they do!. On NPR this morning, […]

Photograph: courtesy of Tom Gerendasy

A City Looks Toward Defining Its Future

Damascus, Oregon (population: 10,000) ponders how to integrate existing urban agriculture into its future urban fabric. Damascus, Oregon is located about 20 miles southeast of Portland, incorporating the surrounding communities of Damascus and Carver to become a city in 2004. It occupies roughly 10,000 acres (16 miles); now designated inside the Portland Metropolitan urban growth […]