|Is local food better? Yes, but there’s more|
Common Dreams - 4/20/2009.By Sarah DeWeerdt – In 1993, a Swedish researcher calculated that the ingredients of a typical Swedish breakfast – apple, bread, butter, cheese, coffee, cream, orange juice, sugar – traveled a distance equal to the circumference of the Earth before reaching the Scandinavian table. In 2005, a researcher in Iowa found that the milk, sugar, and strawberries that go into a carton of strawberry yogurt collectively journeyed 2,211 miles (3,558 kilometers) just to get to the processing plant.
|Why we forgot how to grow food|
Times of London - 4/19/2009.By John-Paul Flintoff – Not long before Christmas, a man walked into the care home next door to his house and asked the manager if it would be possible for a group of neighbours to grow food in the vast gardens. The manager said he would be delighted. In the days that followed, the man casually asked various neighbours whether they would like to get involved. They all said yes.
|Find farms while they last|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/19/2009.By Meredith Goad – For 20 years, Steve Berry wandered the back roads of New England, driving from farm to farm selling aerial photos of fields and farmhouses. Now he is on the road again, logging 60,000 miles a year to make sure the memories of those farms don't disappear. Berry, age 67 and retired from his job as a salesman for an aerial photo company, learned a few years ago that a rival company had at least 25 million aerial photos of farms squirreled away. The photos date back to the 1960s and are a visual record of the changing American rural landscape.
|The lawn ranger|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/19/2009.By Tom Atwell – The four-step fertilizer and pesticide method of treating lawns just isn't for everyone anymore. Lawns have to get greener, on both sides of the fence. Regular readers of this column know that I am not a big fan of lawns. The grass at our house serves mostly as a path to perennial and shrub gardens.