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|[UPDATED] Life with a Strange, Invisable Disability
Today, I read a chapter on teaching students with disabilities for a class I'm taking in grad school. As someone with a disability myself, I decided to write up a few comments and send them to the ...
|Thoughts on Cedwyn [UPDATED]
For those who haven't heard, MsSpent Youth got word this morning that Cedwyn 's gone downhill overnight. We haven't had any word since then (that I am aware of) and I think everyone's decided to ...
Hi folks, I am writing this at Dulles Airport, and I've just come from Cedwyn's parents house, which is where she's staying. Her parents are wonderful and they are giving her the best possible care ...
|Book Review: No Land's Man
In the midst of all of the controversy over race coming from various police shootings of unarmed black men (and various grand juries' failures to indict any of them), I decided to read Aasif Mandvi'...
|My Cat Almost Died and She's Still Not Out of the Woods
My little girl Meg nearly died the other night. Her problem is one that shocked me, so I want to share with other cat lovers out there. You should know about this problem, and know to prevent it in ...
|Yosemite Photo Diary
I'm just back from my first trip to Yosemite, which occurred right after the park's 150th birthday. Thanks to permit issues, I did not see some of the more iconic parts of the park, and thanks to ...
|Redwood and Wildflower Photodiary
I'm just back from a trip up the coast to Monterey, and I took advantage of the opportunity to do a bit of hiking in Big Sur. About Big Sur, I must say: I now get what all the hype is about. Yes, it'...
|Super Amazing Cute Critter Photodiary
Hello from Monterey, CA. I drove up the coast from San Diego, visiting fellow Kossack David Atkins on the way up here. And I've ended up seeing tons and tons of what can be called "charismatic ...
|California Nature Photo Diary
I've been taking photos around SoCal for several months (under Eddie C's tutelage), and I've got quite a few that are pretty nice, so I thought I'd share them. The one below is from a hike this ...
|A Photo Hike through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Good things from our government exhibit A: national and state parks. Yesterday, I visited Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in California. Gorgeous. The name Cuyamaca is taken from a Kumeyaay word ...
|Beautiful Wildflower Pics
I don't know if I've shared this here yet, but this is my last year (for a while) in San Diego. In August, I'm moving back to Madison, WI to attend grad school for sociology at UW. So that means ...
|Natural Beauty Photo Diary: Suicide Rock
I'm in the seventh year of an intense, torrid love affair with the state of California. Not with the government - I've got a few nasty things to say about that, in fact (repeal prop 13!). Nope, I'm ...
|UPDATED: Coming to Terms with Myself as an Introvert
If you've met me and I told you I'm an introvert, you'd laugh. In fact, I've met me, and when my therapist told me I'm an introvert, I could have laughed. Me? An introvert? But I love to talk! (Too ...
|A Beautiful Christmas Story
I just witnessed perhaps the most beautiful thing I've seen - if not in my life, then in a long time. It wasn't quite as cool as San Francisco's " Bat Kid " story, but for the people involved, it ...
|Gorgeous Farm Photo Diary
Two years ago, I visited a friend's farm in New Hampshire and I had a bit of a "Charlotte's Web" experience. This weekend, I had to be out east for a conference, and it provided an opportunity to ...
|DKos Tour Series: Joshua Tree National Park
This is actually a joint diary by yours truly and richholtzin , the geology genius who usually treats us to this fantastic series. I got in touch with him a few months back when I first planned a ...
|Two Words: Baby Goats (Ok, a third word: Pictures!)
Last year, San Diego legalized miniature goats and my friends got some. You can have two miniature goats - no more, no less. They cannot have horns, and any male must be neutered. The preferred ...
|Giving Thanks, Giving Gifts, and Giving Back
I've been working on a book about U.S. foreign policy vis a vis world hunger, and that means I've had to travel around the world and meet a lot of desperately poor people living in abject poverty. ...
|The School That Broke My Heart (+SoCal Benefit Dinner)
The children at the school wore ragged clothes, and many lacked shoes. They had never seen a mzungu - a white person - before, so they were fascinated by me. They crowded around me, begging for me ...
|Climate Change SOS: Are Americans Waking Up?
George Carlin once said , "the planet is fine, the people are f***ed." Well, it's the people I'm worried about. Long after people are gone, the planet will find its equilibrium once again, and all ...
|How the US Sold Africa to Multinationals Like Monsanto, Cargill, DuPont, PepsiCo and Others
This is an article I just published on Alternet that sums up the theme of my upcoming book. It's probably the most important thing I've ever written. I would be very grateful if you would read it. ...
|Adventure of a Lifetime: Removing Poachers' Snares in Africa
Habari (hello) from Kenya! I am here for three weeks, researching food, agriculture, hunger, and what the U.S. government is doing about it through foreign aid. However, I took a three-day detour to ...
|The Key To Rainforest Destruction and Child Slavery Might Be In Your Pantry
Normally, I do not cross-post my articles ...
|SF Kossacks: Donations Needed for Farmworkers and their Families
SF Kossacks: Do you have more clothes than you know what to do with? Or some toys your kids never even play with? Or just a lot of compassion for fellow human beings in need? (Yeah, you're liberals, ...
|Moving Planet: A Story of Sheep and the Climate Crisis
|How Coffee Goes from Harvest to Roasting
I just got back from 2 weeks in Bolivia, and during my time there I had the good fortune to visit a coffee processing facility that let our group of enthusiastic gringos take coffee from harvest to ...
|I Met Kucinich!!!
I was going to give this a title like "Washington State Progressives Hold a Great Conference" but let's face it: meeting Dennis Kucinich kind of just overshadows everything. So I'll tell you about ...
|BREAKING: Common Sense Mainer Out-Hugged at NN11 (and some more serious reflections)
I've got many reflections on NN11, mostly irreverent but some serious. It was my 5th NN (I skipped last year because I hate Vegas THAT MUCH), although this one was fundamentally different for me, in ...
|Lies, Dioxins, Sewage Sludge, Hollywood Celebs, and School Gardens
Some things should go together, like peanut butter and jelly, cute pictures of cats and the internet, and kids and gardens. Some things don't belong together, like sewage sludge laden with dioxins ...
|I Dare You: Put Sewage Sludge In Your Mouth
A new Washington Post piece by Darryl Fears ...
|Interview with Locavore Legend Joan Gussow
As much as I love locavore legend Joan Gussow's books, I love her for so much more than that. I love her because she was undoubtedly one of the first to GET the problems of industrial agriculture ...
|Oh! Oh! OMG! Oh yes! UN Report Just Gave Me an Orgasm
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier de Schutter released a report on agroecology today, which you can access at http://www.srfood.org . And. It. ...
|Hate HFCS? Pretty Soon, You Might Not Know You're Eating It (ACTION)
The Corn Refiners Association, no doubt upset by the consumer backlash against high fructose corn syrup, has a simple solution to their problem. They want ...
|Scientists 'Debunk' Anti-Biotech Letter
There's a new post on Food Safety News about a formidable team of Purdue scientists who ...
|Sustainable Food News of the Week
Here's some of the top sustainable food & ag news happening right now. Thanks to homo neurotic for his contribution! Here's a ...
|A Scientific Bombshell Dropped This Week
This week, something big happened. The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) published a letter on their website, written by Dr. Don ...
|Tools for Finding Sustainable Food & Ag News
Yesterday I proposed we do a regular series of sustainable food & agriculture news. Today I'd like to share my favorite sources of food & ag news with folks who like to follow this stuff, and I'm ...
|Dear John Boehner
Dear John of Orange Boehner, I heard you speak about how anti-choice Americans should not have their tax dollars (or anyone's tax dollars) used to pay for abortion. Well done. I think, if we ...
|Sustainable Food & Ag News of the Day
I frequently do a news roundup for my own blog, La Vida Locavore , featuring what I feel are some of the most notable food and agriculture-related articles ...
|Republican Plans for Dismantling the EPA
It's amazing how different my world is from the world the House Ag Committee Republicans live in. You see, I'm constantly ticked at the EPA for not protecting the environment enough . You know,
|UPDATE: How About a Sustainable Food & Ag Group?
Looks like Patric beat us to it, which is GREAT. His group is Envirofood and, knowing Patric, I have a hunch that it's a better idea to team up ...
|My Two Week Drug Binge
I've recently taken to consuming narcotics. I wouldn't say I'm an addict by any stretch. But I certainly smuggled a banned substance into the U.S. from South America for my own consumption and for ...
|The REAL Audacity of Hope
I'm shocked and utterly horrified over today's shooting of Rep. Giffords. And I must say, it's amazing what a small role facts play in today's politics. Why was Giffords so targeted by the Tea Party?
|Before You Party Too Hard...
Everyone's now well aware that Congress has passed a flurry of mostly-great legislation this week. There's the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the biggest update to food safety laws since 1938, a ...
|I Took a Chicken to the Doctor
Remember when Sue Lowden told us to take a chicken to the doctor? Well, I did that. The doctor, a vet, examined her, prescribed an antibiotic, and charged me $70. OK, bad joke (although it's a true ...
|I Love You But You're Full of Shi... Poop
This diary is about the Cancun summit, saving the rainforests, the climate crisis, and Jane Goodall. I love Jane Goodall, but right now, she's full of shit. If you're one of the world's leading ...
|F***! Toxic Carcinogen Legalized Today! (ACTION)
I'm not done crying over the loss of Exmearden yet, and now this. Methyl iodide, a carcinogen so potent that it is used to induce cancer in labs , is now legal in the U.S. and in my state, ...
|Cancun Diaries: Why a "Radical" Call for Action Isn't Radical At All
As countries of the world negotiate in the latest round of climate talks, I'd like to share something I wrote about one country whose leader was ridiculed for calling for the most drastic measures ...
|Scary Evidence of Climate Crisis I Saw With My Own Eyes
Last month, I spent 2 weeks in Bolivia, researching food and agriculture there. Toward the end of the trip, we headed south to the department of Oruro (they divide the country into 9 departments, ...
|Why I'm Against Restoring Sanity
The signs from the Jon Stewart rally were awesome. And Stewart's speech was pretty awesome too. And in one sense, I am very much FOR restoring sanity. Get the Teabaggers off the TV, out of our ...
|Happy Birthday Adam
Two years ago, on this day, I had a brother. And it was his birthday. Two years ago, he turned 23. Today he would be 25. Two years ago, we were happy. He was my best friend, today was his birthday, ...
|BIG BIG BIG Victory This Week (After 20 Years of Waiting)
After 20 years of B.S. from the FDA, a court in Ohio this week FINALLY recognized the same science that experts have been touting all along. The court case was about rbGH - Recombinant Bovine Growth ...
|The Science Behind GE Salmon is Bad... Real Bad (ACTION)
Remember when Obama came into office and we all rejoiced because we would once again have science-based policy in our country? Well, think again. The Obama administration should be commended for ...
|EcoAdvocates: Our Toxic Lives
I've been doing some research on toxic chemicals that Americans are exposed to lately and ... WOW! Turns out that, without any consent from me, I've been exposed to a long list of highly toxic ...
|Wanted: Evangelical Homophobes With Their Heads Up Their Asses
My boyfriend's running for local office. We live in La Mesa, a suburb of 50,000 people or so, just east of San Diego. We're in Duncan Hunter's district. My boyfriend,
|"Sometimes We Eat, Sometimes We Don't"
"Sometimes we eat, sometimes we don't," the 23 year old mother of three said to me as we walked up the muddy road to her house. Her husband, also 23, has no land, no job, and probably a 6th grade ...
|Why is the Obama Admin Parroting Monsanto Talking Points?
Originally posted on Alternet . Why Is the Obama ...
|I'm Missing NN10 Because of NAFTA
This is the first time I'm not going to Netroots Nation. And it's strange. I've known since it was announced that NN10 was in Vegas that I probably wouldn't go because Vegas gives me migraines with ...
|Tater Tots Aren't Vegetables
I recently did a piece for Alternet called Tater Tots Aren't Vegetables: Why Do We Feed ...
|We Are Screwed
I am frustrated. And depressed. First of all, the oil spill is just overwhelming. Everything about it. The amount of marine life killed, the wetlands destroyed, and then all of the extra disaster on ...
|Help Me Go To Mexico
While we in the U.S. fight expensive, bloody, needless wars for oil, ruin entire ecosystems in the search for oil, hasten global warming with emissions, and pollute our own bodies, hastening our own ...
|Limbaugh Tells Hungry Kids to Dumpster Dive
Rush, a man known for abusing Oxycontin ("hillbilly heroin"), and being caught with illegal Viagra on a trip (sex trip?) to the Caribbean, and just being a general pig has now given ...
|Losing My Lobbying Virginity
I just had the most unbelievably empowering experience. I lobbied. Not in the dirty, corporate, Jack Abramoff sort of way. I did it the way every single citizen of the U.S. can do it. I came to D.C.,
|Cuba Diaries: My Trip to Peak Oil
With oil filling up the Gulf, I figured a diary about a country that got itself (mostly) off oil is a good idea. When the USSR collapsed, Cuba ran out of most of its oil nearly overnight. For the ...
|I Came Back From Cuba Today
Today was my moment of truth. I came back from Cuba. I went legally, but would the customs and immigration agents at the DFW airport see it that way? I've been ...
|Read This Before You Debate Immigration Reform
I wish I videotaped the conversation I had two nights ago. And it wasn't so much a conversation as him talking and me listening on the edge of my seat for what felt like a very long time. English is ...
|The "Messiah" Speaks About World Hunger
Saturday I had the privilege of hearing Raj Patel (yes, the ...
|I'm Gonna Say It Til I'm Blue in the Face (Or Sick With Salmonella)
Yesterday I posted a diary that got nearly no attention. And that's fine, usually. I've got no ego problems with a diary falling off the page with 13 comments. But this time it's not about me. It's ...
|URGENT ACTION: Food Safety Bill... The Final Votes
The food safety bill's been kicking around Congress so long now that I'm sick of it myself. Truly. From the initial peanut butter scare until the first bills introduced, the fear-mongering (false) ...
|America Has No Obesity Crisis [UPDATE]
I have a piece up on Alternet that I'm very proud ...
|Thank You, Big Government
When it started, I thought the dog was humping the bed. Sometimes the bed shakes a little when my cat scratches it, but it was shaking too much to be the cat. I looked at the dog. He was laying on ...
|Disney Retaliates Against Anti-Marketing-to-Kids Group
A friend just forwarded me a disturbing email she received from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. This is an organization I've been familiar with & fond of for a number of years. I love ...
|Save the Pooties and Woozles Diary
Despite the silly title, this IS a real diary... not just pictures of my cat. Although I'd be glad to share a few pics of the cat too:
|Hooray! Great Victory for Organic Consumers & Farmers!
Yesterday the Fridays news dump brought some BIG news! For a long time now, factory dairy farms have been able to pass themselves off as "organic" through a loophole in the organic standards. The ...
|The Most Idiotic Thing I've Read This Decade
Well, I've found a frontrunner for "The Stupidest Article of the Decade" award. Oh, I'm sure it won't win overall because we've got most of 10 years to go and lots of rightwing publications all ...
|U.S. Senators on the Government Dole [UPDATED]
Yesterday I started digging around into farm subsidies. At first it was more general, comparing which states got the most cash to which states had senators on the ag committee. No surprises there... ...
|Top 10 Foodie Books For Adults - And For Kids!
This is coming a little bit too late to give you gift ideas, even for you last minute shoppers. But maybe you can go hit the after Christmas sales, or exchange all of the Chia Pets and Snuggies you ...
|Sick of Corporate Control of the Food Supply?
An awful lot of problems are traceable to consolidation in agriculture/food. High prices, lack of availability of local food (particularly meat), and food safety problems are just three of them. ...
|Lots and Lots of Food/Ag News
It's been a big week in the world of food and agriculture, especially as they relate to politics. Of course Copenhagen's had a lot to do with that. Here's a rundown of what's going on.
|Leaked from Copenhagen: Bad News
I am no climate scientist but I know the magic number. I think everyone does. 350. As in Bill McKibben's 350.org. We want no more than 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. Well, news just leaked out of ...
|Breaking from Copenhagen: Draft Agreement on Ag
I've just received a draft of the Copenhagen agreement on agriculture from a friend who is there. This is the first I've seen of it, and I've been scouring the internets and bugging a few friends ...
|US Govt Looks at Food Advertising to Kids TODAY
Hi folks. I spent my morning doing something that was roughly as interesting as watching paint dry. I followed along with the FTC's forum on food marketing to kids via closed captioning (since the ...
|Climate Change Reality: The Sad Truth About the Future of Food
I have to admit, I'm very frustrated. I'm frustrated because we have an easy, totally possible solution in sight for reducing emissions and sequestering carbon via agriculture, and it doesn't look ...
|Thanksgiving, A Year Later
A year ago, I was thankful for nothing. I spent the days leading up to Thanksgiving writing my 23-year-old brother's eulogy and feeling sick to my stomach as I overheard my mom's phone conversations ...
|Got a Happy Story? Domestic Bliss
Lately, my whole life is my happy story. I'll explain below. Got a Happy Story is a community gathering every Monday night where we share stories large and small that have put a smile ...
|My Visit to a Factory Farm
Mmm, bacon... A few weeks back, while in Iowa, I visited a hog confinement. Everyone ...
|ACTION: Make School Lunch Not Suck
School lunch is a complex topic, legally, but in its essence, it's very simple. School lunch is one of the only times when the government has very direct control over what Americans eat. And it's ...
|Why Do They Grow All the F*&@ing Corn?
When you visit Iowa, you're nearly guaranteed to see three things: corn, soy beans, and hog confinements. Those were the focus of the field trip I attended yesterday at the Community Food Security ...
|Growing Power: A Transformational Experience
On a recent trip to Wisconsin, I had a bit of a pilgrimage to make. I use the word pilgrimage because the 2-acre Milwaukee urban farm tends to leave all who visit it utterly transformed with almost ...
|Grilled Michael Pollan, Coming Right Up
Michael Pollan visited Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. So did I. Madison is called "The Berkeley of the Midwest" and they have what I think is the best farmers' market in the U.S. As you'd expect, ...
|Party at Monsanto, Baby!
Why's there a party at Monsanto? Oh, because they have a LOT to celebrate. Obama just nominated their ...
|This is Why You're Fat Says Former FDA Head
Today I posted a piece on the food blog Zester Daily called " Trained to Get Fat ." In it, I focused quite a bit ...
|Lessons from Valentine the Androgynous Goat
Yesterday, Joanne Rigutto and I visited a fromagerie - an artisanal goat cheese making operation about an hour outside of Portland. It was not far from the town of Liberal, OR. The farmer and ...
|Why They Grind Up Baby Chicks
A new video surfaced in the past week or so, one featuring baby male chicks being ground up alive . They were hatched to lay eggs,
|The Next Time Someone Maligns a "Massachusetts Liberal"...
I'm going to punch them right in the kisser. OK, maybe that's not very liberal. I'm going to use non-violent communication techniques to explain to them why Massachusetts (and everywhere else I've ...
|A Former Whole Foods Employee on Whole Foods
I've been asked by several people to weigh in on Whole Foods (or WFM for short... the M stands for Market). I worked there for 5 months in 2007 and I wrote a chapter about it in my ...
|I've Sold Out
Well, I'm a sellout. Not in the way you might be thinking. I've sold out of books. I'm at Netroots Nation and the bookstore sold out a few minutes into my booksigning yesterday. I had a few copies ...
|Republicans Want You To Die
Well, that's not 100% true. It wasn't all Republicans, just most of them. And they really couldn't care less if you die or not, so long as they can obstruct the Democrats and protect the interests ...
|Obama, Don't Feed Me to the Insurance Companies. I Want Medicare.
I just listened to this week's Bill Moyers . It was on health care, and it was excellent. The gist of the show was that the Obama ...
|Food Safety & Failing Up in the Obama Admin
There are a number of major food safety issues going on right now. Obviously, we've got numerous food safety problems (cookie dough, beef, lettuce, etc) but then there are the POLITICAL food safety ...
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