[LESS INFO] 28 VIEWS | ADDED 05:01:50 02/08/10
Part of the reason pesticides are widely used in agriculture comes down to the general preferences of the average American consumer. Farmer Don, a local Portland farmer who grows and sells a variety of fresh foods explains the fussiness some people exhibit toward fruits and vegetables?they won't buy if something is blemished or has any insect holes. As he tries to explain, imperfection is a part of nature, and an insect boring into (say) an apple causes only a cosmetic harm. Using less pesticides reduces the risks of contamination to the surrounding environment, and also less exposure to farm workers, and ultimately to eaters.
[LESS INFO] 9 VIEWS | ADDED 19:47:40 02/05/10
Dr. Temple Grandin, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University talks about her approach to helping livestock handling facilities provide more humane treatment of farm animals. This is an excerpt from her talk delivered at the Monterey Bay Aquarium?s Sustainable Foods Institute in Monterey, California, in May of 2009.
[LESS INFO] 36 VIEWS | ADDED 23:28:30 02/02/10
Patel argues that corporations, driven only to achieve profits, do not try to satisfy real human needs. For example, Patel presents us with the true cost of a hamburger, not a $10 hamburger (that would be considered to many, pricey enough) but a $200 hamburger! How can that be? When you factor in the externalities, such as the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from cattle, the amount of trees leveled in rainforests to satisfy meat supply to the world?s fast food restaurants, the fertilizer and fossil fuel needed to grow and transport corn for animal feed used to feed the cattle, and other costs?it adds up to being a real whopper.
[LESS INFO] 31 VIEWS | ADDED 23:10:33 02/02/10
In Patel?s new book, The Value of Nothing, he hones in on what it means to have corporate monopolies that can manipulate both price and supply, coupled with a ?free market? philosophy that hijacks government oversight and public protection, where the price of something bears little relation with its true value.
[LESS INFO] 21 VIEWS | ADDED 03:14:07 01/18/10
Over the next 30 years, the Portland Metro area is projected to increase in population size by 1 million people. Since the 1970?s, the state, and in particular the Portland metro area that occupies 3 counties (Multnomah; Clackamas; and Washington), have remarkably managed their urban growth efficiently (and wisely) through the use of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) process.
[LESS INFO] 18 VIEWS | ADDED 09:21:05 01/11/10
Oregon is among the very few States, and the Portland area, of the even fewer major metro areas, that have for decades effectively fought back the forces of development, and resisted converting ever more parcels of urban land for re-zoning to industrial and commercial use, overemployed in other places under the banner of job creation and the promise of wider economic prosperity. Since the 1970?s, growth in the Portland area has been confined within carefully crafted boundaries, the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), outside of which, urban growth was not allowed to occur.
[LESS INFO] 21 VIEWS | ADDED 03:27:30 12/30/09
Linda Sawaya, whose love of gardening and cooking led to her creating a cookbook of authentic Lebanese recipes, in this video shares shares the stories behind the illustrations she did for a magazine magazine that involved her family, gardens, food, and love.