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Rain or shine, if farmers are willing to schlep hundreds of pounds of produce and stand in their stalls all day, I’ll be there. And right now it’s pure joy. The stalls are overflowing with everything that’s good: Stone fruits and tomatoes and every delicate, uplifting herb there is.
Bald Top Brewing Co. and Rural Madison Inc. are proud to present the 2017 Hops & Homestead Festival, featuring local seasonal produce, fine arts, hand made and hand decorated crafts, homesteading and agricultural demonstrations, live entertainment, food, and children’s activities. Get more information on our event page.
Bring your recyclables to the Transfer Station on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017 to help us green and clean Madison!
Recycle up to 4 rimless, passenger vehicle-size used tires per household for free (no tractor tires, please)!
Free tree seedlings (white dogwood, indigo, white oak, white pine or sugar maple) for the 1st 150 vehicles.
Enter the sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes from local businesses, including Orange Madison Cooperative, MWP Supply, Inc., Yoder’s Country Market and Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. (you must get your tickets at the event, but you do not need to be present to win).
Wendell Berry to Speak at CLF 20th Anniversary Celebration
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The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is kicking off its 20th Anniversary Celebration next week with events featuring award-winning author and farmer Wendell Berry and investigative journalist and author Eric Schlosser. Members of the media are invited to attend the events below or watch the live stream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/johnshopkinsu
The World Ending Fire: A Conversation with Wendell Berry
Eric Schlosser, author and investigative journalist, and Wendell Berry, award-winning novelist, poet, and farmer, will discuss Mr. Berry’s writings and ideas about a wide range of topics, including agriculture, agrarian life, the pleasures of good food, and our food system.
When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Noon-1 PM (EST)
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, W1214 (Sheldon Hall)
Notes: This event is not open to the public and space is limited. Please direct media RSVPs to email@example.com. The event live stream can be viewed here.
The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age
Wendell Berry will premier a new essay, “The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age,” during the 17th Annual Dodge Lecture. The Dodge Lecture was established in 1999 to honor Dr. Edward Dodge and his late wife Nancy for their generous support of the Center for a Livable Future.
When: Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 12:30-1:30 PM (EST)
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, E2014 (Sommer Hall)
Notes: This event is open to the public, but space is limited. Please direct media RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org. The event live stream can be viewed here.
Since 1996 the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has been addressing some of the most pressing issues in the food system while advancing public health and protecting the environment. As an interdisciplinary academic center based within the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center is a leader in public health research, education, policy, and advocacy that is dedicated to building a healthier, more equitable, and resilient food system.
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Many of our neighbors are struggling day-to-day with the effects of both acute and chronic poverty. Malnutrition, physical & mental health, education, employment and crime are issues that 18.3% of children in Madison are faced with every day. Please join the conversation and help raise awareness about how poverty drives negative outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens.
We are very fortunate to live in an exceptionally beautiful area with a relatively low crime rate, good schools, and world-class recreational opportunities. Many of our Madison neighbors, however, are struggling day-to-day with the effects of both acute and chronic poverty. Malnutrition, physical & mental health, education, employment and crime are issues that 18.3% of our children …
Humans are biological creatures and we do best when we are in alignment with our environments. Ultimately, as noted in an earlier post, this comes down to the question of whether we are creating an egosystem or an ecosystem:
An ego-system is structured to satisfy shareholder wants and to privatize decision-making. Financial capital is valued above other contributions, costs are not fully disclosed and transactions lack transparency.
In the ecosystem, all stakeholders are committed to the shared wellbeing of the community. All forms of capital are valued, all costs are considered and transactions are transparent.
Are we creating and valuing our communities in ways that recognize & emulate the natural rooted patterns of thriving? Or using models that utilize the ‘greenwash‘ model in which the appearance of a commitment to community-focused solutions is used to cover up the fact that the true outcome plays out in an opposite manner to the goal of the announced initiative. In other words, are developers claiming biomimicry when, in truth, they are practicing biomockery?
The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat.
But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.
An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in yields — food per acre — when measured against Western Europe, a region with comparably modernized agricultural producers like France and Germany. Also, a recent National Academy of Sciences report found that “there was little evidence” that the introduction of genetically modified crops in the United States had led to yield gains beyond those seen in conventional crops.
The promise of genetic modification was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world’s growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.
“Bayer in the U.S. is known largely for its pharmaceuticals, with scientists who developed modern Aspirin and Alka-Seltzer.” And you might need a little of both to process the company’s latest deal; a massive $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Here’s more on the deal that could reshape the world’s food supply. (If Bayer/Monsanto’s pesticides make you sick, don’t worry. Bayer/Monsanto has a drug to help you. Synergy!)
Bayer in the U.S. is known largely for its pharmaceuticals, with scientists who developed modern Aspirin and Alka-Seltzer. But the deal would pivot the 117,000-employee company more towards its farm-targeting business in agriculture chemicals, crop supplies and compounds that kill bugs and weeds.