Another worthwhile short film on sustainable agriculture (from Perennial Plate):
This excellent video highlights the efforts of a new generation of people practicing agriculture sustainably. If it interests you, check out the National Young Farmers Coalition.
“First developed as a chemical weapon before World War II, chlorpyrifos has been sold by Dow as a pesticide since the mid-1960s. It has been blamed for sickening dozens of farmworkers in recent years.”
Read the most recent news on the (de)regulation of chlorpyrifos here.
Also, check this piece from Vanity Fair.
Sushi. Who would have guessed that this once rare and poignant art of food preparation would spread like some kind of Starbucks plague and raw fish venues would inhabit strip malls all across America?
I recall when I was younger that the mention of sushi would make most of the people in a room turn up their noses. ‘Eww, you eat raw fish???’
Now, it’s so hip that I can’t even indulge myself without feeling a pang of guilt.
It’s long been known among those who are aware of the perilous state of the global fisheries that this trend would ultimately be devastating to the world’s oceans. The notion hasn’t gotten a lot of press though. Until now. I finally took some time to watch the feature-length documentary Sushi, the Global Catch. In it, there is a very direct connection drawn between the global appetite for raw fish and the precipitous decline in fisheries around the world. It is well worth watching and sharing.