The USDA released its latest Farmers Market Survey last week, showing 7,175 farmers markets across the country, up 17 percent from last year. This news led USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to declare:
The growth in farmers markets is a sign that the local and regional food system is robust and thriving. More farmers markets mean more opportunities for small and midsize farmers — especially beginning farmers — to diversify their farms, sell their products, and grow their businesses. More farmers markets mean more local economic stimulation to more communities which, in turn, mean more job opportunities. More farmers markets mean more access to fresh, healthy, and local food.
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Part One of a Six parts on YouTube of BBC Documentary, How Many people Can Live on Planet Earth? featuring David Attenborough (Follow on YouTube for the other five parts).
This BBC documentary is about us – the human beings living on the planet earth. Naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates if an ongoing rise in population growth is possible or if we have to introduce birth control to prevent overpopulation. The size of the human population is currently nearly 7 billion people, which is much more than the 2.5 billion in 1950. Until 2050 the UN is expecting about 9 Billion people to be living on this world. One of the big reasons is, that people are becoming older and older, not necessary an increase in family size. The rise of China is one of the big roles, but also the population of other countries will increase. But can we provide enough foot and shelter for all those people without damaging our nature for ever?
This is the way to sustainability. I am a great admirer of Helena Norberg-Hodge, a true leader. This vision of the economics of happiness is taking root all across the world.
FROM NIRS: Tell Congress: A National Park for the Atomic Bomb? You’ve Got to be Kidding! You can take action on this insane idea – click here
July 21, 2011
The U.S. Department of the Interior, backed by several in Congress, has come up with the stupidest idea we’ve seen in a long time: creation of a National Park over parts of three states to memoralize the Manhattan Project and the creation of the single most destructive invention in history: the atomic bomb!
We’re not kidding. Read this article posted yesterday on the New York Times website.
I just have to post this from one of the men in my life who sees things as they are and sees what’s ahead. Here’s the intro and click here for the rest — it is one of the best reads i have had all week.
Non-Violent Non-Cooperation Can Get You In Big Trouble
by Robert Wilkinson
Apparently so can working within the system if they don’t like you. Environmental Activist Tim DeChristopher bought some oil and gas leases and da Man did NOT like it.
Courtesy of the ever-great Truth Out we find a story of a man who knew the government would be auctioning off public land in a sale in Salt Lake City. He knew it was wrong, figured he had to do something, but didn’t know what. So he showed up and did some legit bidding on leases.
The article, “This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance” by Truthdig’s Christ Hedges, outlines just how messed up the US legal, economic, and governing system has become. It’s really worth the read, since the point is made that in order to effect meaningful change, activists will have to learn ways to make connections to create a more democratic system, change the power structure, and discredit the argument that there’s no problem with practices that degrade the environment. To which I’ll add, all while maintaining a sense of humor.
Click here for Robert’s great read….
If the oceans go down, it’s game over.
– Dr. Alex Rogers
A high-level international workshop convened by IPSO met at the University of Oxford earlier this year. It was the first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind and was designed to consider the cumulative impact of multiple stressors on the ocean, including warming, acidification, and overfishing.
The 27 participants from 18 organisations in 6 countries produced a grave assessment of current threats – and a stark conclusion about future risks to marine and human life if the current trajectory of damage continues: that the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.
Delegates called for urgent and unequivocal action to halt further declines in ocean health.
If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world’s oceans aren’t curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming, an expert panel of scientists warns in an alarming new report.
The preliminary report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) is the result of the first-ever interdisciplinary international workshop examining the combined impact of all of the stressors currently affecting the oceans, including pollution, warming, acidification, overfishing and hypoxia.
“The findings are shocking,” Dr. Alex Rogers, IPSO’s scientific director, said in a statement released by the group. “This is a very serious situation demanding unequivocal action at every level. We are looking at consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime, and worse, our children’s and generations beyond that.”
The scientific panel concluded that degeneration in the oceans is happening much faster than has been predicted, and that the combination of factors currently distressing the marine environment is contributing to the precise conditions that have been associated with all major extinctions in the Earth’s history.
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