Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Food Day!

To celebrate this important day, we should think critically about our food system and brainstorm a more practical system that would allow us to feed the world with healthy, nutritious, sustainably produced and fairly traded food. Watch Anna Lappé's new video below which busts some of the myths you hear about how industrial agriculture is necessary to feed the next two billion people by 2050:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Meat Means Money!!

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Mo Meat, Now! Unfortunately, thanks to the hidden costs of consuming the average American's desired amount of meat - your carnivorous choices are likely to either put a hefty dent in your bank account, or, [begrudgingly] convert you to a Hamburger Helper lover (lucky you). To illustrate my point more clearly, I present to you my video gem of the week: The Hidden Cost of Hamburgers. A little animated short clip, produced by the folks at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where the video blurb summarizes: "We looked at a range of ways beef is produced and came up with an average that is close to how a cow would be raised in Fresno, Calif.: about 1 pound of greenhouse gases per ounce of beef, or about 6½ pounds of greenhouse gases per quarter-pounder. We looked at studies that showed the health costs of treating overweight people and associated illnesses, such as high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes—that’s about 75 cents per burger. Then we looked at how much water it takes to produce a pound of beef—that’s about 50 cents per burger. We also looked at the price of a ton of carbon—that’s remarkably small for the U.S., less than one-hundredth of a penny. But in the European Union, because it has a functioning carbon market, the price would be about a nickel per burger. Daniel Lopez Dias, the lead economist on the calculations, notes that these figures are conservative and don’t include effects from air and water pollution, effects of low wages that slaughterhouse workers receive and the high risk of injury they face, or general effects of urban sprawl."

Kudos to CIR for this awesome mini-movie!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Shark Week 2012- No I Didn't Forget...

Just in case you all thought I forgot about Shark Week since I haven't done my annual post about my second favorite sea creatures (second to whales of course), think again!

This year's Shark Week has featured some great clips of great whites popping up in Cape Cod due to the growing population of gray seals. Check out this clip of sightings from just this week:





On a not-so-light note, though great whites have made an appearance in the Atlantic, their population is diminishing. Despite this fact, they have not yet made it onto the Endangered Species List and are thus not being protected in federal waters.

On the one hand, I'm pretty glad that I'm not vacationing in Cape Cod this year and won't have to face dangerous shark-infested waters, but on the other hand, I'm missing out on shark history in waters that I have frequently swum around in. Total toss-up.

Anyway, be sure to enjoy the tail-end of Shark Week this weekend... 


Friday, August 10, 2012

Congrats Larissa!

Today marks the end of Larissa's first week working as a campaign organizer with the super great consumer advocacy organization, Center for Food Safety! She will be doing all kinds of great grassroots work to save our pollinators, oust unsafe pesticides from the market and encourage sustainable agriculture.


Now, SoStainable's duo can really team up and get to work on food and environmental policy right where it all happens, in our nation's capital.

Food Inc's Happily Ever After (Sort of...)




Remember that horrible scene in Food Inc. where Carole, a shockingly mistreated Perdue chicken farmer, was literally taking a bulldozer to her coop to scoop up the dead birds? Well, nearly five years later, I couldn't think of a better way to start my day than to see this video Grist has been circulating featuring Carole Morrison and her husband, who have reopened their operations in a much more sustainable, humane, and healthy way. Kudos to Carole and the new FixFood advocacy site for sharing this delightful update.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Save the Arctic Promo

A couple of years ago I posted a little blurb about the new Nissan LEAF, confessing how much of a softee I am, and that the music/sad polar bear combo was too much for my weeping heart to handle. Well, I'm now here to tell you that this new Greenpeace promo, featuring Radiohead and Jude Law, puts the Nissan LEAF ad to shame. There weren't just tears in this one folks, there were waterfalls. IT IS SO SAD. But I suppose that's the point, after all, to rip the hearts out of our over-consuming, under-conserving bodies and then stomp on them to the beat of "Everything in Its Right Place." Don't say I didn't warn you: proceed with viewing caution.




Visit or join Greenpeace's campaign to Save the Arctic here if you're able to stop the waterworks enough to visibly navigate a computer again.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Joel Salatin at TEDMED 2012

Joel Salatin, a Virginia farmer made famous by Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, talks about the modern disconnect between consumers and our food and the food safety bureaucracy that works relentlessly to keep that gap in place.





(And a shout-out to E for bringing this video to my attention!)